This is the MAJOR SPOILED SCENE from the trailer. I don't even want to repeat it here, but two MAJOR STARS are in the meet scene when the next job for our heroes is being laid out. What a stupendous BONEHEAD move by the marketing department. If you have seen the trailer, you probably know what I mean. At least they didn't spoil the big gag of the scene....the joke in that scene almost made me forgive the original reveal.
Sly is our guy for this big gig down in South America where a former CIA agent is running the drug market through a dictator General, played by David Zayas (my guy Batista from DEXTER as well). His heavy is a guy named, Paine, rocked out by STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN. The former CIA slime-ball is James Munroe, played by ERIC ROBERTS.
For those of you who don't know, Eric is the elder brother to JULIA ROBERTS and father to the young and lovely EMMA ROBERTS. To that end, this is looking like a sibling rivalry death match this week, with The Expendables opening opposite of EAT, PRAY, LOVE.
The inside-man helping out our Expendables is actually an inside-woman. It is Sandra, played by Giselle Itie, and she is the General's daughter. He has loyalty to family and he lets her continue to live and be the monkey wrench in his operation, even though it costs him so much. Munroe and Paine are not too happy about this and we end up with a three way conflict between the CIA heavies, the General and his army, and our heroes...THE EXPENDABLES.
There were a few moments at the beginning I thought there was going to be too much talkie and not enough rockie...I was wrong. Yes, there were a few talkity moments, but really these did in fact help with character development. What would a movie be without a little backstory? Not much of a movie at all!
There are two main highlights that set this movie apart from other similar flicks, and neither have to do with the exceptional cast.
This movie is a 50/50 flick. The first 50% is set-up. A few action sets with a bunch of character and plot development. Their stories are funny and touching. Mickey Rourke plays TOOL, their tattoo guy and former member of the team that Barney and he were a part of. Rourke's monologue is both moving in content and delivered to perfection.
Tool is our link to the realistic world. When they are stateside, minus a few fights that follow these action-magnets around, the U.S. based part of this story is all about facts we need to be more invested in the story. But, once we hit that foreign soil, let the imaginative fight scenes begin!
Like the weapons, the sea-plane used by the team is a character of its own. Redecorated to keep the auspices of a legitimate reason for being there. This plane is bad ass and is equipped with a nose tip high speed machine gun, of what looks like high-powered .50 caliber.
I can't emphasize enough how visceral and graphic these action scenes are. I actually would say that I would like to have seen this in AMC's new ETX system. They are hyping it as the next best thing for audiophiles. I reviewed it a few posts ago, and while I didn't enjoy the movie, I have held my jury out on ETX and maybe this would have been a great test of that supposed stellar sound system?
Ah, this is strictly academic as AMC Barrywoods is only showing The Other Guys at the ETX, so maybe I can get an idea for its functionality at something I like, sometime in the near future.
I think that is all for now. My dreams of Scott Pilgrim have been fulfilled. The Expendables have upped this to one of my favorite movie weekends of all time . Even if I did like Julia Roberts, I think I would avoid Eat, Pray, Love anyways, just to keep the weekend perfect.
Up next for me may be The Girl Who Played With Fire, depending on how the week goes. Whatever it is, you know I'll be Johnny-on-the-Spot with the review so you can make well-informed movie choices.
The critics are geniuses of all things film...me, I'm just a guy who loves movies. Who are you going to trust? I'm an everyman movie-goer and I am self-admittedly easily entertained. If you like what I have to say, great. If not, let me know. Perhaps the only thing nearly as enjoyable as going to the movies, is writing and talking about them.
Till later, take care...