From the looks of the trailer, Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables isn’t so much an homage to ’80s balls-out stupid action flicks as it’s an ’80s action flick stuck in 2010. There’s a certain adrenaline-fueled glee to that notion, but then again, we’ve progressed beyond the steroid-enhanced muscle pics for a reason.
Here we have Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Stallone, Dolph fucking Lundgren, Eric Roberts, and half of the retired WWF shooting shit and blowing things up with all the glee that their arthritis medication and tiny, tiny testicles will allow. But then, there’s also Jason Statham, who is the natural progression of Stallone — cooler, sleeker, more bad ass. And with him involved, it’s hard to entirely dismiss The Expendables.
Wait? What am I talking about? Why would anyone dismiss The Expendables? It’s got cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnie. Oh, ’80s action stars, smother me with your biceps.