Friday, August 13, 2010
Besides a violent computer game, what else can draw a teenage boy's attention during the crowded summer blockbuster season? How about some loud motorcycles, pretty women, massive tattoos, and a lot guns, knives, explosions? Still not enough? Let's throw in a bunch tough talking and looking guys, led by the Rambo—:Sylvester Stallone. That is exactly the recipe for the action film "The Expendables" (USA 2010 | 103 min.).
For a frozen TV dinner like this with those typical guns and violence ingredients, there is really no need of concern for any nutrition value in the meal, because if you do, you will be completely disappointed.
Therefore, there is no need to describe the plot in this blood soaked, action packed, non-stop exploding film. All you need to know is that Barney (Sylvester Stallone) leads a team of mercenaries to a small island in South America. Their mission is to overthrow a government that is controlled by an ex-CIA officer. However, after he meets the government head's daughter, his mission becomes to save her life.
In the film trailer, a tough guy is shooting a machine gun from an airplane, without even hair on his head. Guess what he puts on before he rides his motorcycles? A helmet! Now you get an idea about the film's logic level.
If you go to see this movie, you know you are not looking for an amazing story or in-dept characters. It is all about the mindless glorious action sequences. Luckily, the film does deliver it, even not all the time.
There are plenty big name actors in this film, including Jet Li (李连杰). While some others' appearances stir a few chuckles, Jet Li's character is utterly offensive to Asians. The martial art master either is beaten up, or talks "funny" emphasizing how small he is. It is one of the worst displays of stereotyping Asians in recent films. It is a shame for Jet Li even to consider to play a role like this.