'The Expendables' Review Roundup
The Expendables Reviews
The Expendables opens August 13, and action-flick fans have been waiting a long time. The reviews are in, and they're generally positive. Directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone (remember, he won an Oscar for writing Rocky), the film promises action fans one thing: celebrity-fueled exploding mayhem. Apparently, Stallone & co. deliver.
Sheri Linden at Hollywood Reporter gives The Expendables a thumbs-up beyond saying "it is what it is", praising the film's use of its stars' existing reputations and personalities.
An effective mix of lean and over-the-top, "The Expendables" is often preposterous, but it achieves the immediacy of a graphic novel without the overdone mythology.
The Boston Globe's Ty Burr basically says that The Expendables is nonsense, but he means that in a good way, saying that the film is the guy-cure for Eat, Pray Love.
A testosterone-fueled all-star action orgy that wouldn’t be out of place on the Cinemax late-night schedule circa 1986, “Expendables’’ is the closest thing to movie Viagra yet invented. It’s reprehensible. It’s stoopid violent. It’s a lot of unholy fun.
Brandon Fibbs at the Colorado Springs Gazette agrees that it's an old-school throwback, but argues that that's a bad thing in this case.
At its core, “The Expendables” is an old-fashioned ’80s throwback. Nothing wrong with that, though they could have done so much more with it.
We're all thinking it, but Box Office Magazine's Pete Hammond asked it:
With this all-tough guy cast we have to ask the question about one missing part of the puzzle: was Steven Seagal just too busy or something?
The Expendables would have been the late Brittany Murphy's last film, but her character was written out