The Expendables lives up to its name

Sylvester Stallone’s bloodbath has a cartoonish look and a buffoonish vibe.

Action-hero super-group, The Expendables, lead by Stallone, Statham and Li, are a mercenary hit squad tasked to do others’ dirty work, this time taking out a cocaine kingpin (Eric Roberts). This isn’t a great action picture but the combined cast has starred in some of the greatest action pictures ever so the bar is set impossibly high. Instead, the movie has a “guys, we’re doing this!” glee, managing to establish a rhythm of violence and testosterone that crescendos into a bloody lather. Stallone’s last film as a director, Rambo, employed CGI violence to directionless excess. In this case, the bloodbath has a cartoonish look and a buffoonish vibe.

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