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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 02:30

The Expendables

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There are some other films worth checking out if you haven’t already… The Expendables, a muscular old-fashioned action yarn from writer/director/actor Sylvester Stallone, pits a singular group of mercenaries led by Stallone and action stalwarts such as Jet Li and Jason Statham, against a regime consisting of a corrupted ruler and an evil rogue operative, played with relish by Eric Roberts.   

After a shaky opening action sequence which is almost shot as a video game, the film gets down to business with an abundance of well-staged action, a little philosophizing, and some welcome humor. Stallone gives each of the cast members a chance to do what he does best, and even stretch a little (Jet Li does humor and vulnerability, Mickey Rourke exudes warmth and a true spirit of camaraderie—and you can understand 100% of his dialogue, which is the real stretch). I’d catch the sequel… 
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Mike Peros

Mike Peros is an author whose new book, DAN DURYEA - HEEL WITH A HEART, the first biography of classic Hollywood's iconic villain, was recently published by the University Press of Mississippi.  He is  also an educator with a passion for movies ever since he saw John Wayne riding toward the bad guys, reins between his teeth, in TRUE GRIT.  Some of his favorite films include THE BAND WAGON, THE WILD BUNCH, OUT OF THE PAST, THE SILENT PARTNER, IT'S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER ( a great musical--if you're a Gene Kelly fan, what are you waiting for?), and KONGA with the great Michael Gough.

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