Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"The Expendables": Stallone's big "B Movie"; history says he's on the wrong continent

OK, the CIA will hire a mercenary team to be sacrificed for a mission it doesn’t anything officially to do with.  The premise seems a bit B-movie-ish in this gaudy production from Lionsgate directed by Sylvester Stallone, “The Expendables.”  And they aren't "The Incredibles". 

Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an uncredited appearance as “Trench”, and Bruce Willis as the mysterious Mr. Church.   The rest of the cast is reasonably familiar: Jason Statham, Jet Li, Eric Roberts.

The premise of the film reminds me a bit of “Collateral Damage”, a 2001 action film whose release was delayed after 9/11.  Here, the bad guys run a drug kingdom on an island off South America (which could have set up a premise like “The Most Dangerous Game”, although here it's mostly brawn, not brains). Appearing late in 2010, the film scenario seems out of place given what has happened this year in the Middle East (largely because of social media), where one really can imagine a scenario like this being set up (even in Libya).  

The film was shot in Louisiana and Brazil.

Lionsgate UK has a summary site for the film here. It can be rented “legally” from YouTube for $3.99. More studios should do this.

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