The Expendables

The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone (2010)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A mercenary leads his elite team on a mission to assassinate a South American dictator, only to find their target is merely a pawn and the real power in the country is a rogue CIA agent. Feeling they have been double-crossed, they abandon the operation - but are compelled to return and save a captured rebel. Action thriller, directed by and starring Sylvester Stallone. With Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Cast & Crew

Barney Ross Sylvester Stallone
Lee Christmas Jason Statham
Ying Yang Jet Li
Gunner Jensen Dolph Lundgren
Tool Mickey Rourke
James Munroe Eric Roberts
Hale Caesar Terry Crews
Paine Steve Austin
Director Sylvester Stallone
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lions Gate UK LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Aug 2010