With an all-star cast, THE EXPENDABLES should satisfy more than a few action genres, including as a top quality biker film and a reasonably good action adventure film. Mickey Rourke, Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and more turn in very good performances here. Tough guy bikers who are also mercenaries for hire go to a South American country to overthrow the country’s ruthless dictator. It’s a little bit like THE DIRTY DOZEN on wheels.
But overall, the critics didn’t like this film quite as much as many audiences did. But, it makes for a great popcorn film on DVD, and is acceptably good fun. Just go with the flow and enjoy the ride. This film isn’t Shakespeare here, but it’s great entertainment that satisfies well enough. It gets the job done. And it’s a biker or action film a darn sight better than most of those grindhouse type efforts.
The Bottom Line: A great tough guy film, with a top cast and a few nice bikes as well. ++ 1/2( Two and a half stars, or better than fair, nearly good. Still well worth the effort to buy or rent).