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To put it simply if you like your films profound and thought provoking The Expendables is not for you, yet if truckloads of bullets, explosions, bombs, shotguns, chase scenes, cheesy one liners and an ample amount of blood and guts are up your alley, this is a must! I went in to the screening pretty much expecting The Expendables to be a fast-paced, action packed thrill ride, and you best believe it delivered. In some aspects it surpassed my expectations, in a guilty kind of way the film cracked me up, some of the jokes and the down right ballsiness of the action had me in stitches.

The Expendables follows a  group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate the fictional South American island country of Vilena and overthrow its ruthless dictator and the corrupt former CIA operative (Ed Richards) who pull his strings. At first they turn down the assignment due to the fact that they believe they will be sacrificing themselves to save the CIA embarrassing headlines. Yet after Stallone meets the general’s beautiful rebel daughter, Sandra (Giselle Itie), he rekindles his  connection to a righteous cause in favour of the almighty dollar. Much has been made of the cast assembled, it is truly a dream team of action stars with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Eric Roberts and Arnold Schwarzenegger featured.

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The much talked about scene with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger was a particular highlight, the punch line at the end gained rapturous applause from me and the audience – I’m sure a couple mangasm’s were ensuing. Another standout scene was when the ultra charismatic Mickey Rourke, recalled the moment in Bosnia when he knew his soul had dried up. His character gave the film a slice of tranquillity the other characters lacked. As much as I enjoyed The Expendables, it did have it’s flaws, there was pretty much zero character development, parts of the acting were bad -real REAL bad, there were a number of moments were I couldn’t understand what people were saying. The plot was pretty light as well, it basically served just to support the action sequences, also randomly I was distracted by Stallone’s eyebrow’s – what in the holy name of ass has happened to them! Dodgy eyebrow‘s aside, I had a blast, it thoroughly tickled my nostalgia bone and was downright big, bold, testosterone filled fun!

7.8/10

The Expendables is in cinemas August 13, 2010. My Interviews with the cast are coming next week.