The Expendables – An alternative view

Ok, I want you to think back…. think back to the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Allow me to take another swig of my beer as I join you.

Indy swats the spiders. He avoids the light trap. He doesnt take the piss out of Alfred Molina’s accent. He swings across the pit.  He tip toes past the pressure sensitive pads. Then he finally arrives at his goal. He pauses… rubbing his lips… this is it.

But instead of some dumb statue of a fat midget he’s facing a glowing, golden VHS tape. The legendary tape from the late 80’s / early 90’s that the gods deemed TOO F***ING AWESOME for man to behold. The tape they took and hid away thinking humanity not yet ready.

This tape contains The Expendables.

I could go on about the plot, the acting, the pyrotechnics, the fight choreography, the much publicised Sly/Arnie/Bruce scene… but none of that matters. It’s all about the feel. And this movie feels like the best of those 80’s action flicks, but its NEW. And by new I dont mean its modernised in any real way, I just mean you haven’t seen it yet. This is like being able to hit a reset button in your head and getting to watch Rambo for the first time again.

If you are the sort of person who doesn’t get a smile on their face at movies like Cobra, Commando and Invasion USA then this movie isnt going to win you over. But if, like me, you spent hours each week pouring over the titles in the video store working out if you’d rather watch Missing in Action 2 or Tango and Cash for the 20th time, this movie feels like a love letter to your mis-spent youth.

Listen to the Call to Arms…. go see it.

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One comment

  1. Saw it last night and really enjoyed it. 10 year old me would have LOVED it.
    Definitely a future dvd purchase for the lads round with beer and pizza.

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