[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=5141[/img]Title: The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke,
Directed by: Sylvester Stallone
Written by: Dave Callaham, Sylvester Stallone
Release Date: 11/23/2010
Barney Ross (Stallone) is leader of The Expendables, a very close knit team of highly trained and lethal ex-military turned mercenaries. Hired by a powerful covert operator (Willis), the team heads off to a small South American country to overthrow a ruthless dictator being secretly financed by a rogue US government agency. Once there, Ross and company find themselves in the middle of a deadly web of deceit and betrayal that threatens to tear down the very fabric of this South American society through a civil uprising. Now, armed with every weapon under the sun, and up against impossible odds, the team must fight back the only way they know how.
When I first heard about this movie I was a little intrigued. I was a huge fan of Sylvester Stallone growing up and in many ways consider him my generations Clint Eastwood. My only concern was that maybe he is getting too old for this type of role. Then again, I thought the same thing about 2008’s Rambo and to say I was wrong was an understatement. That being said, I do have to point out that after watching the scene involving Arnold, it is easy to see that time has not been nice to “The Governator” at all. That aside, the cast that was assembled for this movie is very impressive and each actor did a great job in their role. Normally stories and motivation get convoluted with a cast as big as this one, but I never felt that anyone got left behind. I started to feel like Terry Crews was forgotten until the end of the movie, “You better remember me at Christmas!!!” You’ll see what I mean when it happens.
I first saw The Expendables with a good friend of mine about a week after it came out and we both had the same reaction, ‘WOW!’. It has everything that we felt makes a great action movie 'great'.
- Explosions – Check
- High Body Count – Check
- Damsel in Distress – Check
- Great Car Chase – Check
- Huge Action Stars – Check
[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=5143[/img]The Expendables has easily already become one of my favorite action movies and I was at Wal-Mart at 4:30 AM to pick it up so I could get it out to all of you as soon as possible. Some may have issues with the somewhat simple plot and the manly nature of the “blow everything up” premise, but for me it is exactly refreshing and exactly what I wanted to see and I was grateful for the no holds barred, explosive and non-apologetic spectacle that was unleashed on my senses, and I can’t wait for a sequel! It has been quite some time since I have seen an action movie like The Expendable and it is very much a throwback to the old 80’s ‘High-Octane’ type of over-the-top action movies of yesterday.
I am a little perplexed having read other reviews that knock The Expendables for having "too much action”. Really? Too much action? I didn’t think this was actually possible. I liken this type of statement to those who didn’t like ‘Independence Day’ because it had no plot. I personally didn’t have a problem with 'Independence Day’ because it achieved its goal of showing an alien race destroying our planet. Similarly, I loved The Expendables for capturing as much explosive destruction as possible in the time allotted. My advice is to check your reality hat at the door and enjoy the ride.
Rated R for intense and graphic violence and language. This is not one for the kiddos in any sense of the word.
The Expendables is presented in 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC with an Aspect Ratio 2.40:1 and the results are fairly stunning. There are a few moments of light black crush but not enough to penalize very much. Overall this is a great transfer with excellent shadow delineation, plenty of depth and noticeable gradation emphasis on intricate details. Flesh tones are natural looking from actor to actor and colors are brilliantly reproduced with perfect clarity. Resolution is clear and concise and the level of fine detail that can be seen borders on being overwhelming. There are some jaw dropping visuals of the South American landscapes and the lush, green foliage set against the water that really pops out with amazing clarity and detail.
Having seen the movie in theaters, I can say that this transfer is absolutely in keeping with what the filmmakers had intended. The visual presentation is accurate in every sense of the word and I didn’t see anything that was not a result of the filming process.
I’m all in on this DTS-HD Master Audio presentation. Everything is bigger and bolder than I remember from the theater and that is saying something. Explosions reach down deep and shake the foundations. Gunfire is penetrating and different from caliber to caliber. There is plenty of surround activity in the gunfire, car chases and the large plane that the team uses to get to the island. Ambient sounds can be heard throughout the movie giving each scene a life of its own and dialogue is clear and balanced in regards to the action sequences and I never noticed it getting lost in the chaos.
There is also some great music in this movie that really comes alive at the right time in each scene. Stallone’s movies have always had powerhouse music that is very inspirational and motivating and The Expendables is no exception.
- Audio Commentary
- Inferno: The Making of 'The Expendables'
- From the Ashes: Postproduction
- Comic-Con 2010 Panel
- Deleted Scene
- Gag Reel
- Marketing Archive
- Ultimate Recon: An Interactive Bonus View
- Digital Copy and DVD of the Movie
The Expendables is exactly what the commercials show. An over-the-top action spectacle that will assault your senses with audio nirvana and big, brilliant imagery. Of course, now that I have talked it up so much some of you will be disappointed for one reason or another. As I said earlier though, check your reality at the door and crank it up. Take it for what it is and not what you think it should be and I assure you that you will enjoy yourself. Here's to hoping there will be a follow up some time in the very near future. Until next time campers, have a good day and in case I don't see ya later, a good afternoon, a good evening, and a good night! :wave: