Sylvester Stallone Weekend – The Expendables (2010)

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Callaham (Screenplay)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin

 

Plot: A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.


Tagline – Every movie has a hero. This one has them all.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mindlessly Entertaining Action Film

 

Story: The Expendables starts as we get to see Barney Ross (Stallone) and his team Lee (Statham), Yin (Li), Gunner (Lundgren), Toll (Couture) and Hale (Crews) eliminate a threat, to show just how capable they are at dealing with international threats.

Once home Barney is given a new assignment, to take out General Garza (Zayas) and James Munroe (Roberts) who are controlling an asset the government require, this soon turns into the five-man army taking on a full army.

 

Thoughts on The Expendables

 

Characters – Barney Ross is the leader of the mercenaries, he does play by a rule book, which sees him needing make a difficult decision with one of his team. He takes the latest job once he realizes that sometimes the impossible can make a big difference being a better all-around combat asset. Lee Christmas is Barney’s second in command, the one that Barney will turn to most, during this story he finds himself having lady problems and shows a man what will happen if you beat one up, he is also the knife expert on the team. Yin is the smallest member of the team, he is the martial artist of the team and is always worried about enough money for his family. Gunner is the member of the team which gets kicked out because he wants too much brutality in the missions, he has a drug problem which needs to be cleaned up before he could ever be considered back on the team. Eric Roberts is the businessman that has taken over the island, he is paying for everything even if it makes enemies out of the locals, he will strike fear into them with fear. Paine is the strongest member of Munroe’s team, he has been waiting for a challenge which Barney and his team will offer him.

PerformancesThis movie does have an all-star cast of action heroes, Sylvester Stallone does take centre stage here and does what he knows how to be, a lead action star, Jason Statham does this too, with a little more subtle side to his outside the business performance. These two both get the best action moments in the film. Jet Li does well with the action, but gets wasted outside of these moments, while Dolph Lundgren does what he can with a character that does have plenty more to offer to this film. Eric Roberts fits the generic villainous role, he doesn’t get enough time to make his character as memorable as he could have been.

StoryThe story follows a group of mercenaries that are hired to solve the militant control of a small island in the Gulf of Mexico. When it comes to the story, we don’t need too much, this film is more designed to show of the action stars of the movie industry. By keeping everything on the simple side we get an enjoyable story to see unfold, though it would have been nice to get some sort of character development about the crew. This story is easy to watch without ever needing to test us.

Action/AdventureThe action in the film is wildly over the top with a mix of guns, knives and hand to hand combat, all you would want from the cast we have here. The adventure side of the film does take our crew to a new island that they haven’t heard of before to make the events of the film happen.

SettingsThe film mixes the home that the men have back in America with the island that needs freeing, showing how they can and will adapt to any landscape they are placed in.


Scene of the Movie –
Fly by.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We don’t get enough Jet Li.

Final ThoughtsThis is one movie that is purely for the action fans, it goes well over the top and deliveries you favourite action stars doing what they do best, shooting gun and fighting.

 

Overall: Fun Filled Action Film.

Rating

 

 

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Maximum Conviction (2012)

logoDirector: Keoni Waxman

Writer: Richard Beattie (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Seagal, Steve Austin, Michael Pare, Aliyah O’Brien, Steph Song, Michal Adamthwaite, Bren Foster, Toby Levins, Dean Redman, Richard Stroh

 

Plot: When former black ops operative Cross (Seagal) and his partner Manning (Austin) are assigned to decommission an old prison, they must oversee the arrival of two mysterious female prisoners. Before long, an elite force of mercenaries’ assault the prison in search of the new arrivals. As the true identities of the women are revealed, Cross realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger than he had imagined.

 

Verdict: Seagal Standard

 

Story: Looking at just the story it all works well, it has a few twists and turns along the way. The biggest weakness would be that all the support characters are your typical bad guys who can’t shot or fight at all. It lacks any real character development but there is a well created rivalry between Collins and Manning, leading you to just wait for their next encounter. In conclusion we get a simple straight to DVD standard action film you know what you will be getting so don’t expect brilliant just a film to enjoy. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Steven Seagal: Cross the leader of the special security detail who has prisoners in the off the records location. When it gets compromised he uses his unique fighting techniques to get his prisoners back. Standard Seagal here, you know what you are getting here. (6/10)

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Steve Austin: Manning partner of Cross who helps with the transport, he gets some of the funnier lines, for example after having his ass handed to him by a woman, he falls in love, yeah it happens. You know what will be happening with Austin, he just doesn’t have the charisma of other wrestlers turned actors. (6/10)

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Michael Pare: Chris the leader of the group attacking the prisoner, who spends most of the time in the control room telling people what to do and where to go. Tries to be an original villain but ends up being plainer than most of them. (5/10)

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Aliyah O’Brien: Charlotte one of the prisoners trying to escape, but she turns out to be on the other side and can handle herself in a fight. Good performance in a role that gets to show off some fighting skills to go against her evil side. (7/10)

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Steph Song: Samantha the one everyone is after, because she has a secret on her but what is it and which side of the fence is she really on. Not the most convincing performance that I have seen in this type of role. (5/10)

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Michael Adamthwaite: Collins the leader of the assault team who always ends up in a fight against Manning whether it is hand to hand or fire fight, he always seems to get away. Good performance creating a character you actually want to see get theirs. (7/10)

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Director Review: Keoni Waxman – Basic direction to create an average action film that won’t live long in the memory. (5/10)

 

Action: Some good spells of action including solid hand to hand fights and fire fights. (7/10)

Thriller: Doesn’t really keep you at the edge of your seat. (4/10)

Settings: The setting works really well putting the heroes in a place that is small to complete the action in. (9/10)

Suggestion: The action junkies may enjoy this but I don’t think it will be one that will stick in the memories. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Collins and Manning rivalry.

Worst Part: Nothing original.

Action Scene Of The Film: Charlotte versus Roach

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

Overall: Basic Action Film

Rating 65

The Package (2013)

logoDirector: Jesse V. Johnson

Writer: Derek Kolstad (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Keenleyside, Mike Dopud, john Novak, Kristen Kerr

 

Plot: Tommy Wick (Austin) a courier for a mobster Big Doug (Keenleyside) gets an offer that will wipe his brother’s slate clean. Tommy has to deliver one more package to The German (Lundgren), seems like an easy job. Things start to go wrong as gangsters are trying to kill The German as well as other trying to hunt down the package.

 

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The Package

Verdict: Steve Austin kicks ass in this simple action film

Story: A brother working off another brother’s debt is always the easy way into the mobsters and gangsters action film stories. This pays the simple entrance fee and gives a good but routine storyline and how one man can overcome odds to win any fight and escape any situation. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Steve Austin – Tommy out to work of a debt with a strong fighting background. Steve continues in his low budget action films where he leads, takes no prisoners and kick ass. It is about time Austin got the step up to main stream action. Action Star Award, Kick Ass Award (8/10)

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Actor Review: Dolph Lundgren – The German who is dying and expecting a package. Over the top with how he acts around hostages and has a darker side with a hidden agenda. Lundgren is great but doesn’t get enough screen time which is a little bit disappointing as he is one of the most interesting characters in the film. (8/10)

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Director Review: Jesse v. Johnson – Good direction throughout but doesn’t create a high level of suspense before a battle. (7/10)

 

Action: Some good fights and shoot outs. (8/10)

Thriller: Lacks the thrills this type of film could have had in them. (4/10)

Believability: Gangsters after each other just how far they go is what is left to you to make the decision. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Some good small town settings but mainly only closed off areas for fight scenes. (7/10)

 

Suggestion: This is a good action film which action junkies will enjoy but the film doesn’t offer enough for the non-action fans or the casual film fan which bigger productions like Die Hard have in the past. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The shootout in the grocery store.

Worst Part: No build up in the fights.

Action Scene of the Film: The cross roads leading into the grocery store fight/shootout.

Kill Of The Film: Anthony (Michael Daingerfield)

Funniest Scene: The German’s Mango talk

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: it could have a sequel but I don’t it will have one.

Similar Too: Hunt To Kill, Steve Seagal Films.

 

Overall: Good action film but never reaches its potential

 

Rating 71