With the upcoming releases of  an influx of mercenary movies including; The Losers and The A-Team, one thing is for sure; Sylvester Stallone stands alone, and his film “The Expendables” certainly stands alone. Stallone has  tapped all of his resources (including writing and directing the film) creating an ensemble blockbuster action film that ignites the screen with some true Hollywood heavyweights.  
    Not only has he brought together action juggernauts including Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren, but for the first time ever we will see Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger on silver screen at the same time.  Even the third member of the Planet Hollywood troop Bruce Willis stops by for a cameo adding to the buzz and Hollywood hype of this film.  Not stopping there, Stallone adds more muscle to the film with former six time WWE champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion and Heavyweight champion Randy Couture, and straight to video action star Gary Daniels.  (Okay, so maybe no one is excited about Gary Daniels but I implore you to go back and watch Blood Moon and Fist of the North Star and tell me the choreography is not amazing). Notorious character actors Danny Trejo (Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn) Terry Crews (The Longest Yard, Everybody Hate’s Chris) and Eric Roberts lend weight and credibility to a cast that Stallone has obviously concocted to please fans of the overblown big muscles, big explosion 80’s action genre.  

    In fact, roles were even reportedly offered to Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal, and Kurt Russell (which of course would have reunited the vaunted partnership of Tango and Cash), but the actors all sighted their lack of desire to embark in an ensemble project as their reason to turn down the first theatre release, for any of three, in quite some time (yes and that means Kurt Russell too).

    I admit that the plot of a group of mercenaries who grow a conscience, while working in South America, who decide to help the natives overthrow a dictator, isn’t all that original (in fact I think Dolph Lundgren was in a straight-to-video release called Men of War with a similar plot), but it’ll be the movies execution and star power that make it worth actually venturing into a theatre and paying more then ten dollars to see. Real fight scenes with no wires has been promised by the writer/director/star Stallone, and honestly I’m overwhelmed with an abundance of anticipation with just the thought of Stallone squaring off against Dolph Lundgren again.  Honestly, who wouldn’t want to see Jason Statham take on Stone Cold Steve Austin in a battle of the angry bald men.  Not to mention a chance to see Jet Li showcase his amazing old school martial arts maneuvers with out any fantasy involved.  

    The Losers is based on a vertigo comic, and the A-Team was one of my favorite shows when I was five, but I promise you that this film will deliver the sort of blockbuster action sequences Hollywood has tried to move away from.  Stallone has once again rolled up his sleeves in an attempt to please his fan base and just based on the trailers of the film I can see in all honesty, “Yo Sly… You did it!!”