Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Expendables (2010)

DPMovieReviewExpendebles What is it about?

A team of banded mercenaries head to South America in attempt to overthrow an evil dictator.

Who is in it?

Sylvester Stallone – Barney Ross

Jason Statham – Lee Christmas

Jet Li – Yin Yang

Dolph Lundgren – Gunner Jensen



Favorite Scene:

After his old girlfriend was assaulted by her new boyfriend, Lee (Jason Statham) attacks him and his friends on a basketball court.

Favorite Quote:

Paine: Who sent you?

Barney Ross: Your Hairdresser.

Review:

The Expendables had a lot of hype when it was released as the ultimate guy flick, mainly due to the large all-star cast of action stars and notable key demo guys like Steve Austin and Randy Couture. With other guest appearance such as Arnold Schwarzhnegger and Bruce Willis, the movie had a cast to produce the action film of all action films. Unfortunately, the only thing the Expendables have going for it is indeed that – a roster of action stars.

This film, absolutely has no depth past it’s all-star cast. The plot is simple and basic, the dialogue chocked full of cheesy, roll-your-eyes-type of lines, the action scenes are full of head scratching moments, and the character have zero depth, except for maybe Mickey Rourke’s character. In fact, after watching the film, you’d be hard pressed to named the characters. It’s that type of film.

The positive of The Expendables is indeed the action. However, while the action is engaging, it lacks any real substance because it’s just there. With no rhyme or reason.

As noted on IMDB.com, Jean Claude Van Damme  was originally offered a role, but turned it down claiming there was no substance in the character. Van Damme saw this train wreck long before it started shooting, and that in itself speaks volumes.

The Expendables has a lot of glitz, glamour and hype due to its buffed-up cast and cool, bloody, scenes. However, all of the hype fails to measure up to its potential.

This one is better off watched if you have a few hours to burn while sick in bed on a rainy day. If not, there are much better options out there.

Grade: 1.75/5

Recently Read Posts

CM Punk's Return - Perfect Timing for the Symbol of Anti-WWE

Looooooooook in my eyes, what do you see?! The lyrics to Cult of Personality, especially that first bar,  never felt so fitting for CM Punk as it did last night.  For the most part, everything that is CM Punk's return to wrestling last night at AEW Rampage ties directly into my latest thoughts on pro wrestling - the company is making it must-see destination television, an element desperately needed from pro wrestling.  Last night was incredible as again, it was another moment that made wrestling feel alive - with a wild and energetic pulse. It was one of the coolest moments in pro wrestling that you knew was coming, expected, anticipated, and it was everything and more. Again, MUST-SEE television. That's hard to do.  For me, it wasn't just Punk's return to pro wrestling, but the mere presence and voice of his inclusion in today's space. We know that Punk can deliver on the microphone - probably his best and most signature attribute. We also know that yes, he can

Thanksgiving 2021: 5 Things I'm Thankful For

The season is upon us we all begin to reflect on the year, explore our deepest thoughts and feelings of gratitude, and express appreciation for the truer, more meaningful things in life.  I would be lying if I didn't admit that I am so incredibly excited for this holiday season. The combination of wanting the rest from what has been a demanding and exhausting semester (shout out to everyone in Student Affair realms and in Education around the country - hang in there), seeing these holidays through my son's eyes as he now understands and appreciates them, and my experiences over the last few years (losing my dad and the effects of the pandemic), all of it makes for an anticipated Holiday season - Thanksgiving included. I'm not quite sure what it is, or why the sudden feeling, but the need to express gratitude is even more abundant this year in my heart than it is has been. I have tried to remain more mindful over the last couple of months - being more present, spending energ

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/21/21

3 Up 1. COVID Boosters - Look, I'm not getting into vaccinations and whatnot...I'm over the discussion for 2021. However, I still find it remarkable that we not only have vaccinations for what we experienced not too long ago, but further science to help the cause.  2. MLB Covers Minors Housing - This was a long time coming. Say what you want about the changes to the minor leagues (reduction of franchises - some even closing), but the improvement of the pipeline is soooooooooo crucial if the sport is serious about improving its diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as attracting (and competing for) top talent. Plus, it's just the right thing to do. 

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/28/21

3 Up 1. Thanksgiving - A time for thanks, if nothing else, a restorative time away from work. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and be sure to give thanks and practice expressing gratitude.  Here are some quick thanks and thoughts from yours truly... 2. McMichael Trial Conviction - Is it weird that I feel relieved from this trial? Afterall, so many of these things go the other way. I could go on about how the state of Georgia didn't want to prosecute this case until it became a viral discussion, butttttttt, I'll just take this.  Really, I just hope this brings about some kind of peace for the parents of Ahmaud Arbery.