Every once in a while comes a movie where simply the cast alone gets me intrigued. Well, The Expendables definitely did it for me. I first learned of it a few months ago when a British film magazine had a picture of Sylvester Stallone with his hands in the air on top of corpses of military men. I brushed it off thinking it was his next Rambo movie, his fifth I believe is in the works? Of course a Rambo fan would know right away from the lack of blood on him — and his black headband — this is a different flick.
In any case, Sly is writing/directing/starring in an ensemble cast of what movie sites call the action heroes homecoming or who’s who of cinematic bad-asses: Sly himself, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also part of the cast are Oscar® winner Forrest Whitaker and the late Brittany Murphy (not sure if she’s wrapped all her scenes for the film or not). Hmmm, where’s Jean Claude Van Damme, did you ask? (Well, I know one friend of mine who’d be interested in the answer). Well, according to FirstShowing, Sly did offered him a part in this movie, but he turned it down, citing um… lack of character development. Ha! Sorry, but I find that somewhat comical coming from him, but hey more power to you, dude.
Anyway, the plot is this: A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. Ah, the poor dictator. Might as well wave your white flag now.
Gosh, this make me reminisce about one New Year’s Eve when I was a teenager, going to a double-feature showing at a local cinema with my mother and older brother. The movies? Tango & Cash (Sly & Kurt Russell) and Showdown at Little Tokyo (Dolph Lundgren and the late Brandon Lee). Did I tell you I had a super cool mom? I miss her terribly.
The Ethelmae Blog posted an on-set experience in Brazil where Bruce, Sly and Arnold filmed a scene together. “… the whole crew was mesmerized as we watched the three of them play off of each other in a pivotal scene that sets up the whole movie. And while I can’t/don’t want to give too much away I can tell you that Arnold’s character is Trench and Bruce is Church, the scene was shot in an empty church without extras and minimal set dec and it has tension and humor …” Ugo movie blog also posted their on-set experience if you’re interested.
Check out a few of the posters for the movie on Collider.com site. The release date has been pushed from April to August 20, 2010.
This movie sounds like there’d be too much of mind-numbing action for my taste, but I might watch it just for the cast.