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Things That Go Boom

Stallone and pals blow things up in The Expendables

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There’s no denying that The Expendables boasts an awfully impressive cast for an action movie: Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote and directed), Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke all show up. If that’s not enough bad-ass for you, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis make cameos. And that’s not even counting the guys who can’t kill you with their bare hands, like Eric Roberts. With so many actors to juggle, it’s no surprise the script is kinda clunky in its attempt to accommodate everyone onscreen. After Stallone’s recent, and somewhat enjoyable, revivals of the Rocky and Rambo franchises, The Expendables is a bit of a letdown. Still, there are some cool action scenes and even a few enjoyable character moments (Rourke in particular gets a memorable monologue). The last 30 minutes amounts to one extended fight scene, filled with carnage, mayhem, and lots of things going boom. You know, the real reason people want to see a movie like this.

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