A group of mercenaries known as The Expendables travels the world kicking ass and fulfilling missions. On one mission to some Spanish speaking island in the Gulf of Mexico, the leader of the group, played by Stallone, falls for a girl who elects to stay behind on the corrupt island rather than be rescued by The Expendables. So, Barney, yes his name is Barney, can’t stand for this, gathers a team of the very best he can get and goes back to, you guessed it, kick some ass and save the girl. This movie was a deliberate throwback to the grand action movies of the 1980’s.
Stallone asked everyone he could think of from that era to be in the flick and many of them were, from Dolph Lundgren to Micky Rourke to Eric Roberts. The one’s that turned him down are allegedly in the sequel, people like Van Damme, Lorenzo Lamas and Chuck Norris. Basically, it boils down to this. Did you love action movies from the 80’s and early 90’s? The kinds of action movies where the plot was incidental and the movie was mostly about big stunts and even bigger explosions? I’m not talking about the really innovative stuff like Die Hard or Predator or the like. I’m talking about boom blam glossy popcorn with names like Delta Force and Iron Eagle. Well, if you did, if you totally loved that stuff, then this movie is so squarely up your alley it’s gonna blow your mind.
I, however, was never really into those kinds of movies. I was too busy being a geek for horror, sci fi and animated sources of my popcorn. That said, this movie was fun and a nice mental break and I gotta say I did enjoy it. So, there you have it. It’s not groundbreaking, but it might be just what you’re looking for.