The Expendables

  • 18
  • Sylvester Stallone (2010)
  • US
  • 99 min
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

Assembling a who's-who line-up of action hero pals, writer and director Sylvester Stallone would appear to fancy himself as the head of a modern-day, musclebound Rat Pack in this over-the-top shoot-'em-up. Sly plays mercenary Barney Ross, hired to infiltrate a small South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator, who has drugs links to a rogue CIA operative (Eric Roberts). However, after failing to rescue fiery freedom fighter Sandra (Giselle Itie) on a reconnaissance mission, he returns mob-handed - with Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Randy Couture - for a final explosive showdown. The impressive-sounding cast only temporarily distracts from a plot riddled with holes, clichéd dialogue and fight sequences too reliant on quick edits. Mickey Rourke scores points for a subtle supporting role, but a fleeting joint cameo by Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger (in his first film since becoming governor of California) appears to have been shoehorned into the script just to facilitate a couple of misfiring in-jokes.

Plot Summary

Action adventure starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li. A highly skilled group of mercenaries is commissioned by a shady operative to assassinate the murderous dictator of a South American island. But they should know that an operation like this is never straightforward.

Cast and crew


Barney Ross
Sylvester Stallone
Lee Christmas
Jason Statham
Yin Yang
Jet Li
James Munroe
Eric Roberts
Gunnar Jensen
Dolph Lundgren
Giselle Itie
Mickey Rourke
Hale Caesar
Terry Crews
Steve Austin (2)
Toll Road
Randy Couture
General Garza
David Zayas
Charisma Carpenter
Mr Church
Bruce Willis
Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Brit
Gary Daniels


Sylvester Stallone

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Lions Gate UK Ltd
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 20 Aug 2010
Certificate 18
Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd