Before I get into this let me just say that my opinion of this film has not been marred by my gender, in fact I’m quite a fan of action films. So when it was announced that all the famous icons such as Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li and even Arnold Swarchenegger were to be mashed together into one I was surprised that my reaction was one of suspicion.
Let me explain. Firstly there’s the fact that this film has been written by Stallone. You would think his previous experience of the action genre, plus managing to cast every iconic action star known to man, would result in a strong story. The end product, however, is weak and disappointing which is a shame because of the potential this film had. The dialogue too is a let down with some scenes being awkward with clumsy interactions. There are a few witty exchanges but unfortunately they are few and far between.
As an action film it delivers the usual intense car chases and epic explosions, but it falls short of the expectations I had for it. As far as the action genre goes it has all the successful ingredients and with all the hype surrounding it due to the all star cast you expect that bit more, but unfortunately this fails to deliver.
The crazy thing though is that I still enjoyed it, despite these flaws. The non stop chases, explosions and fight scenes from start to finish make for some epic entertainment. So I can almost forgive the poor writing and hope that the rumoured sequel sees Stallone learning from his mistakes.
To make up your own mind you can view the trailer at THE EXPENDABLES