Why everyone loves The Expendables

The Expendables action movieThe Expendables, a movie long awaited by many fans of the action genre and the action stars it features, has just hit the theaters and topped this weekend box office, cashing 36 million US dollars this weekend. For a film that got harsh reviews from everyone, the numbers tell a different story: people actually wanted to see it. And post-movie watching comments show they thoroughly enjoy it.

Why is the movie such a smashing success? The story has nothing really special and is not very thick either. The plot description on IMDb says it all: “A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.” It’s an 80 million dollars movie in which all funds were spent on getting some once god-like action stars, some that are still on the wave of success and to orchestrate explosions, fights and lots of gun shooting.

Let’s take a look at the cast: Sylvester Stalone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts. Plus some backing vocals from Arnold Schwazenegger and Bruce Willis. This movie clearly targeted a certain audience: keen on action movies, some of them with a history of watching them. Take it from someone who grew up with Chinese kung-fu movies, Bruce Lee, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal, Stalone as the impressive Rambo, Dolph Lundgren in Universal Soldier and Eric Roberts as a Mafia bad boy, I just can’t wait to see the movie and I couldn’t care less about the storyline.

A couple of comments left for an article asking people what they thought of the movie clearly explain the phenomenon and, if possible, what is missing from “The Expendables”.

orgasmic … i want a sequel with van damme and wesley snipes together …would be epic.

They are right the story is straight out of an Episode of The A Team.
So what !!
If you want a deep and meaningful story then this is the wrong film for you.
If you want Action, Explosions ,Car chases with a ton of one liners (good and bad) and one of the coolest scenes i’ve seen in a long time in a movie, then this is for you.
Its a hark back to the movies i grew up watching as a kid With Stallone , Arnie , Seagal and the others, Not to much on story but always fun to watch.
Well done Stallone Bring on Expendables 2

The truth is, although there’s talk of a sequel from the fans, everyone growing up seeing such movies felt this was good-bye. Sly, Arnie, Dolph and Bruce making a final stand in the action movie arena and leaving us with an afterthought of how great action films used to be and how wonderful the actors were. Everyone who has ever enjoyed one action movie in the past will go see this one.

As far as I can tell, from a marketing and PR perspective, the team of “The Expendables” played a magnificent part and they will cover all expensive to then make some nice profit off this project. We are talking US box office here! just wait until this movie hits cinemas across the globe to see how much money they’ll make! Plus there will be the DVD, probably Blu-Ray and some memorabilia plus branded T-Shirts. I am sure I speak for many saying I want to be able to make this statement soon enough: “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt”.

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    • Cristina

      I’ve just arrived home, from the Mall. I watched “the expendables”. To be honest, I though to myself when ze boyf did the reservations: “oh, well, another action movie; and all those old guys, this is going to be captious”. NOT AT ALL. Wonderful action, good story, good ideas, good lines, passionate heroes. I loved it :D
      Cristina´s last [type] ..4G – IMS – take 2

    • Karen Swim

      Alina, have not seen it yet but I definitely understand the appeal. The appeal may not be the plotline but the satisfaction of one last hurrah from aging stars. We love rooting for the “underdog” and seeing our childhood action stars together in a film is a little like vicariously living out our own fantasies.

    • Alina Popescu

      Cris, great to hear you’ve enjoyed the movie! Can’t wait to go see it myself.

      Karen, you’ve depicted the feeling this movie has given me perfectly! I’m just so sorry I am a bit too far to take you to see it together :D

    • Martin

      What a great movie. One of the best…thank you for the posts.
      Kind Regards M

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