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*SPOILERS* Who else should have had a cameo in the Expendables and what should they have done?

  • Avatar of Justin Miller

    now he’s out cleaning up the streets.

    probably won’t be available for filming

    Avatar of Tony Koester

    I think letting a professional writer scribe the script for the Expendables would have garnered a much more engaging movie. I think the cathartic charm of the movie came more from the cast and Stallone’s direction (or general lack thereof).

    If anyone out there would like to see a fantastic and well written realistic fight drama you should check out Redbelt. Excellent movie.

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    Avatar of Tony Koester

    The scenes in Inception and Scott Pilgrim were much better – they were effects made to push the envelope for today’s audience. Both were much better movies as a whole – movies I enjoyed more, but in a different way than the Expendables.

    The Expendables, however, had a certain air of catharsis – it put folks together in a movie that had been played out and discussed by fans for decades. The effects, the story, they weren’t the point. The Expendables was about putting as much testosterone in a movie framework as possible.

    That being said, it would have been much better had they stuck to 80s effect methods and let someone other than Stallone write the final draft of the script. And you’re right, the fight scene between Lundgren and Jet Li was a bit of a let down at the end.

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    Avatar of Jameson Kowalczyk

    The third act of Nocturnal was better than anything in The Expendables.

    Avatar of Jameson Kowalczyk

    I thought the action and fight scenes were disappointing. Maybe I set my expectations too high, but i wanted the gun battles and fights to be EPIC. They couldn’t have come up with something better for the Lundgren vs. Jet Li fight? They couldn’t have used squibs and bloodpacks instead of the CG blood (like they did back in the 80s before After Effects)? The only thing that did seem epic was the “world’s longest sequence of guys planting blocks of C4.”

    None of the battles or fights really had any forward momentum. It was like porn without the money shots. In a movie like this, the stakes need to get raised, the heroes need to get the shit beaten out of them to win and some need to die, and the violence needs to get crazier, bloodier and more personal (ever notice how may third acts start off with a character armed to the teeth and end with them fighting with their fists? SEE: Nocturnal).

    There were a few cool moments sprinkled in, but 95% of the movie was just a chaotic mess. It felt like a direct-to-video sequel of the movie I wanted it to be.

    Avatar of Beth_Ailis

    think he can still do a full split?

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    and the “American Ninja” Michael Dudikoff. Perhaps a little Jean Claude Van Dame would be good too.

    **Just direct-a your feetza to Daddy Greene’s Pizza!**

    Avatar of athanas

    Yeah, I find that comparison to be quite a bit off base.

    Was the plot of this movie simple? Hell yes it was.
    Was this movie anything other than a throwback to mindless 80’s movies where shit just blows up? No, not really.
    Does being an explosion-fest that KNOWS it’s an explosion-fest make it anywhere near the craptacular load that was Highlander 2? Not by a flippin’ long shot.

    Yes, it was simple, but with the crew they assembled you knew it was going to be nothing more than shit blowing up and fight scenes. What did we get in this movie?
    Shit blowing up and fight scenes.

    I’d suggest to go see it, but if you’re worried, I’d say go to a matinee.

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    Avatar of Beth_Ailis

    Most have been positive here on the site, but the FDO tweeted that it was just barely better than “Highlander 2″… I sat thru Highlander 2 in the theater, hoping it would at some point make sense…

    Do I pay $11 to see Expendables in the theater or wait for DVD? What say the Junkies?

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    Avatar of athanas

    but goddammit, if there’s a second one, Carl Weathers HAS to be in the damn movie.
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    Avatar of Tony Koester

    So the stars and cameos in the Expendables were plentiful. It was billed as having all of the Action Stars from the 80’s together for the first time, but I thought there were some notable absences. So I propose this – we the Junkies write in the Cameos that Should Have Been. I’ll get us started:

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    When General Garza’s men were searching for Sandra, we see Sandra slipping out the back of the house. She looks left and right but there are soldiers guarding both ends of the alley. Suddenly she hears a whispered “Hey! Up here!”, gasps, and whirls to face the rooftop behind her. Michael Biehn leans out and extends his hand to her.

    “Come with me if you want to live…”

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