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The Expendables

action & adventure

The Expendables, a tight-knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries, set out to save the innocent and punish the guilty in this blistering action-packed thriller.

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PAUSE for kids age 15
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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Legendary action cast teams up for a violent, messy muddle.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Expendables will definitely appeal to teens (and, frankly, boys of all ages) thanks to a cast filled with living action legends like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. But since it's filled with over-the-top action violence -- including shootings, stabbings, severed limbs, spurting blood, explosions, and burning bodies -- it's not age-appropriate for younger viewers. There's also some violence against women, and language is strong (including both "f--k" and "s--t"), though not constant. Drugs are a key part of a subplot, and one character has a drug problem, even though viewers never see any drugs consumed. Other characters smoke cigars, pipes, and cigarettes. It has perhaps the most impressive action cast ever assembled for a movie, including some living legends, and so it will be irresistible to boys of all ages.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's violence. How did it affect you? What impact did it have?
  • What did Barney learn over the course of the movie? Did any of the other Expendables share his journey? Are they heroes? Why or why not?
  • Many of the characters in the film smoke. How does this make them look? Do they seem cool? Do you think that was the intent?
  • The movie features some violence against women. What is the movie's attitude toward this kind of violence?

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4 stars

The Expendables is a movie directed by Sylvester Stallone that tells the story of a group of renegades that make the job out of the eyes of the law. Their latest job is to overthrow an South American dictator but without knowing that there's more behind all this. This film full of action and adventure is like a tribute to all those 80's and 90's action movies, first because all the representatives of those movies appear here (Bruce Willis, Sylsvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger). The story is predictable and the plot is a little weak. The cast is interesting, formed by actors (Stallone, Li, Statham, Lundgren, Rourke) and wrestlers (Austin and Couture) everyone doing the best they can and with the special appearances of Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger parodying themselves the movie is quite enjoyable. In conclusion, you most take The Expewndables for what it is, a movie which only purpose is to entertain the viewer and I think it achieve it pretty well.

- barrys, Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2 stars

It was like seeing a stunt show at an amusement park. Pure action with a thin story. Stallone's face also has some problems in looking real.

- Godless, Thursday, December 9, 2010

3 stars

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables has got the action and the cast suitable for it.There isn't much to the plot, which isn't that surprising, and that makes this 100 minute picture easy to follow. The early going teases with some action, but a good portion is story and even some character build up. A lot of the characters do lack sufficient development and the buildup for the ones that do aren't that great; however, by the end it doesn't really matter.The earlier bits of violent action tend to showcase the fortes of the characters and it is mildly entertaining. It is the finale that makes up for everything else. The body bags fill up, everything gets destroyed, and the entertainment level plows through the roof. That's all there is to say about that.The cast is noteworthy. Award winning acting this is not, but everyone gets a chance to shine at some point in regards to the action.Simply put, The Expendables does what it sets out to do. Worth checking out for action fanatics? Of course.

- skactopus, Wednesday, December 8, 2010