A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.Is anyone else waiting for this one to come out? Doesn't sound like much of a plot synopsis, but this just may be the mother of all modern day war action flicks!
It is written and directed by Stallone. Many people under rate Sly as an actor, but at one time he was compared to the likes of Brando and Pacino. Of course the '80s came and he 'sold out'. Even Stallone himself is pretty candid about the '80s and said he got caught up in the fame and money and if he could go back he would have taken a different path.
I personally think he did a lot to redeem himself with the latest Rambo, but this movie has the potential to be something the likes we haven't seen before.
Take a look at the cast and I think most will agree this really has some potential:
- Mickey Rourke ... Emanuel
- Jason Statham ... Lee Christmas
- Sandra Bullock ... (rumored)
- Sylvester Stallone ... Barney Ross
- Jet Li ... Kong Kao
- Ben Kingsley ... Monroe (rumored)
- Dolph Lundgren ... Gunnar Jensen
- Robert Knepper ... Richard (rumored)
- Forest Whitaker ... Agent Will Sands
- Randy Couture ... Dan Paine
- Dax Ravina ... Clay (rumored)
Stallone, Rourke, Statham, Li, and Lundgren all in the same billing! Then throw in some class like Whitaker and Kingsley and this hasn't been seen since the likes of Wild Geese. Unlike Wild Geese, Expendables is guaranteed to be more brutal and gritty and action oriented.
Stallone really is a good writer, in fact he may be one of the best on Hollywood, that is when he is being true to his sole and writing character driven stories that have enough action to satisfy even the hard core macho action fans.
I think we're going to start seeing more projects from Stallone that are of higher quality style. Stallone is seeing his own mortality now and admits he's not the same guy from all those sell out '80s no brainer action flicks he was pumping out. My opinion is he is starting to look at his legacy. Eastwood has always been very popular, but it wasn't until Clint was 62 when Hollywood finally started to look at him as Oscar material and finally accepted him. I believe Stallone will take this same path.
Of course he's doing action flicks right now, but that's what everyone expects out of him. If he can accomplish another Wild Geese, Apocalypse Now, or Platoon, and get some respect, then we may see some unexpected things from him.
For now though I can't wait for this one to come out!