Upcoming Flix Spotlight: The Expendables

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.

Sly and Jason Statham on location

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.

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9 thoughts on “Upcoming Flix Spotlight: The Expendables

  1. This unofficial trailer gives us an idea of what to expect:

    Pretty much an 80’s action movie with little or no CGI, which is fiiiiine by me 😀 I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a long time, having being born in 1980 and devouring all of those cool action movies when I was a kid. Looks like a winner, although I wish Van Damme and Kurt Russell had agreed to join the team. That would be EPIC!!!!

    Take care! 🙂

    1. Hey thanks for the tip, somehow my quick research on this last night didn’t find that info. Btw, I think Kurt Russell was also offered a part but turned it down. Looks like there are just as many people who turn it down as those who accepted. Yeah, I don’t care if there’s no CGI in this either, I mean who needs ’em with a cast like this =)

  2. Mike B.

    Bad-ass is Stallone’s signature. Been enjoying the Man’s work since the first Rocky up through his latest Rambo …

    My only concern is how old these dudes are starting to look – even with makeup. It might get comical if they don’t play off that fact in the script. You don’t want to end up like the “Sex in the City” franchise – characters that act like they’re 20 somethings but look 50.

    1. Well, some of them start to show their age and obviously steroids-use aren’t out of the question. But for these guys, the
      “looks” aren’t as big as an issue as the SATC girls… er women, I mean they still look like they can kick more @$$ even compared to their younger counterparts. I agree they can’t take themselves too seriously here, the ‘comic’ has to be intentional or it’ll be downright ridiculous.

  3. mcarteratthemovies

    I’ve been waiting on “The Expendables” since November 2008 — I posted about it — when I heard tell of Jet Li, Stallone and Jason Statham in the same movie. Action flick loving chick that I am, I was beyond stoked, and I still am. Willis, Rourke and Lundgren are just icing.

    1. Wow, it’s been that long eh? That’s before my bloggin’ life 🙂

      Don’t forget the Governator! This could very well go down in cinematic history as having the most bad-ass cast ever!

    2. Marc

      Wow, Mer, right there with you on holding the vigil this long. I truly hope the absolute best for this and after RAMBO, I think Sly will be able to pull it off again.

      This is like a Action Hall of Fame cast for the ages! Oh boy is this great!!

      If the comic fan boys had their day in 2008 with The Dark Knight, and sci-fi buffs got theirs with Star Trek, 2010 will be the year of the action epic blaze of glory…do I come of as being excited?:)

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