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Rated R · 103 minutes · 2010

Action, Adventure
Sylvester Stallone, still kicking in his mid-60s, assembles a cast of action stars far less impressive than he is for a goofy story about mercenaries trying to take out an evil dictator. While Sly is the real deal, folks like Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Steve Austin pale in comparison to his greatness, and they drag this movie down. Honestly, a movie about Sly Stallone trying to take down an evil dictator by himself probably would’ve been a little more fun. Jason Statham comes along for the ride, and he is mostly adequate. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis drop by for a welcomed cameo, and this scene rules. But most of the movie depicts ham-fisted dialogue delivered by actors who suck, and what a terrible move it is to allow the bloodletting to be handled by computers. I know it saves money, but CGI blood-spurting is no substitute for Karo syrup. Next time, give Sly some money for a practical makeup effects artist, and keep things real.


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Official Site: expendablesthemovie.com
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Producer: Avi Lerner, John Thompson, Kevin Templeton, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Les Weldon, Jon Feltheimer, Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan, Basil Iwanyk and Guymon Casady
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Giselle Itie, Eric Roberts, David Zayas, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Charisma Carpenter, Gary Daniels, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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