History Film / TheExpendables

31st Jan '16 7:25:11 AM Morgenthaler
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A modest action movie franchise that intentionally contains [[GenreThrowback pretty much every trope associated with 1980s action movies]]. After the success of ''RockyBalboa'' and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' (2008), Creator/SylvesterStallone became interested in making a film that brought together [[AllStarCast as many action stars he could get]] with careers ranging from the 80's to modern day.
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A modest action movie franchise that intentionally contains [[GenreThrowback pretty much every trope associated with 1980s action movies]]. After the success of ''RockyBalboa'' ''Film/RockyBalboa'' and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' (2008), Creator/SylvesterStallone became interested in making a film that brought together [[AllStarCast as many action stars he could get]] with careers ranging from the 80's to modern day.
30th Jan '16 7:54:06 AM nombretomado
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* WorldOfHam: Considering it's a movie with SylvesterStallone, Creator/DolphLundgren, Stone Cold SteveAustin and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, this trope was pretty much unavoidable.
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* WorldOfHam: Considering it's a movie with SylvesterStallone, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/DolphLundgren, Stone Cold SteveAustin and Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, this trope was pretty much unavoidable.
8th Dec '15 12:19:53 PM erforce
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** Mel Gibson is 58, but is equal to the task of being an action villain in ''3''. He isn't in ''LethalWeapon'' shape anymore, but his FinalBattle with Ross is brutal and physical.
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** Mel Gibson is 58, but is equal to the task of being an action villain in ''3''. He isn't in ''LethalWeapon'' ''Film/LethalWeapon'' shape anymore, but his FinalBattle with Ross is brutal and physical.
16th Nov '15 5:54:52 AM erforce
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The actual plot starts with a mission to deal with boat hijackers, Gunnar is expelled from the team for his unpredictable behavior. Ross gets a new job from the mysterious Mr. Church (Creator/BruceWillis). He hires the team to go into a BananaRepublic and [[OneManArmy single-handedly]] take down a dictator's (David Zayas) regime. After a disastrous scouting mission, they learn Church is connected to the CIA and their real job is to upset the profiteering from a rogue CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts), who has a particularly nasty bodyguard named Paine (Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin). They agree the mission is suicide and doing CIA dirty work, but their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie) was captured by Munroe and they feel [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl obligated to rescue her]], and Gunnar is not [[HeelFaceTurn happy with being rejected from the team]].

!!The Expendables (2010) Opening with a mission to deal with boat hijackers, Gunnar is expelled from the team for his unpredictable behavior. Ross gets a new job from the mysterious Mr. Church (Creator/BruceWillis). He hires the team to go into a BananaRepublic and [[OneManArmy single-handedly]] take down a dictator's (David Zayas) regime. After a disastrous scouting mission, they learn Church is connected to the CIA and their real job is to upset the profiteering from a rogue CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts), who has a particularly nasty bodyguard named Paine (Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin). They agree the mission is suicide and doing CIA dirty work, but their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie) was captured by Munroe and they feel [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl obligated to rescue her]], and Gunnar is not [[HeelFaceTurn happy with being rejected from the team]]. !!''Film/TheExpendables2'' (2012) !!''Film/TheExpendables3'' (2014)
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!!The Expendables (2010) Opening with a mission to deal with boat hijackers, Gunnar is expelled from the team for his unpredictable behavior. Ross gets a new job from the mysterious Mr. Church (Creator/BruceWillis). He hires the team to go into a BananaRepublic Two sequels have been made; ''Film/TheExpendables2'' (2012) and [[OneManArmy single-handedly]] take down a dictator's (David Zayas) regime. After a disastrous scouting mission, they learn Church is connected to the CIA and their real job is to upset the profiteering from a rogue CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts), who has a particularly nasty bodyguard named Paine (Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin). They agree the mission is suicide and doing CIA dirty work, but their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie) was captured by Munroe and they feel [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl obligated to rescue her]], and Gunnar is not [[HeelFaceTurn happy with being rejected from the team]]. !!''Film/TheExpendables2'' (2012) !!''Film/TheExpendables3'' (2014) ''Film/TheExpendables3'' (2014).

** ''TheDirtyDozen'' + ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven X'' Every [[TheEighties 80s Action Movie]] ever made = The Expendables. ** [[WebVideo/BumReviews My testicles ran out and killed a wild boar! And ate it!]] - Chester A. Bum on TheExpendables.
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** ''TheDirtyDozen'' ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' + ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven X'' Every [[TheEighties 80s Action Movie]] ever made = The Expendables. ''The Expendables''. ** [[WebVideo/BumReviews My testicles ran out and killed a wild boar! And ate it!]] - Chester A. Bum on TheExpendables.''The Expendables''.
1st Nov '15 7:43:38 AM Morgenthaler
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An [[DistaffCounterpart all-female]] SpinOff [[http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/gina-carano-is-the-first-to-sign-on-for-the-all-female-version-of-the-expendables is also being planned]]. Creator/GinaCarano, [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Katee Sackhoff]], and [[YoureNext Sharni Vinson]] have signed up thus far, and the director has expressed an interest in such names as Creator/SigourneyWeaver and [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Linda Hamilton]]. Also thrown into the mix: Creator/MillaJovovich, Creator/MerylStreep and Creator/CharlizeTheron.
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An [[DistaffCounterpart all-female]] SpinOff [[http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/gina-carano-is-the-first-to-sign-on-for-the-all-female-version-of-the-expendables is also being planned]]. Creator/GinaCarano, [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Katee Sackhoff]], Creator/KateeSackhoff, and [[YoureNext Sharni Vinson]] Vinson have signed up thus far, and the director has expressed an interest in such names as Creator/SigourneyWeaver and [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Linda Hamilton]].Creator/LindaHamilton. Also thrown into the mix: Creator/MillaJovovich, Creator/MerylStreep and Creator/CharlizeTheron.
1st Nov '15 6:47:41 AM Morgenthaler
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Split the different works off to their own pages.
!!The Expendables 2 (2012) Opening with a mission to rescue a Chinese diplomat and introducing the new member to the team Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth), Church confronts Barney and demands a new mission to redeem him from the issue with how he handled the job in the previous movie. They are paired with Maggie Chan (Yu Nan) to recover sensitive information regarding a secret plutonium stockpile in Eastern Europe. Their mission is upset by Vilain (Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme), a terrorist for hire leading his own team including his second in command Hector (Scott Adkins). Vilain humiliates the team and leaves one of them dead, with the rest vowing revenge. They chase after Vilain to stop his plans and are joined by lone wolf ally Booker (Creator/ChuckNorris) to finish the job. !!The Expendables 3 (2014) In the ColdOpening, the team retrieves Barney's old friend Doc ([[Film/{{Blade}} Wesley Snipes]]) from a prison transport. Their new CIA handler Max Drummer (Creator/HarrisonFord) sends them off to capture a high level arms dealer and acknowledged war criminal, which Barney finds is [[WeUsedToBeFriends his former partner]] and co-founder of the Expendables, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Conrad Stonebanks]] (Creator/MelGibson), who [[FakingTheDead he thought was dead]]. A disastrous encounter inspires Barney to disband his current team out of fear for their lives, and with the help of Bonaparte (Creator/KelseyGrammer) puts together a new team consisting of young upstarts played by Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. His old team is not happy with being put on the sidelines and newcomer Galgo (Creator/AntonioBanderas) joins them, eager to get rid of his own demons. The third movie was [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-expendables-3-leaks-online-3-weeks-ahead-of-release-20140725 leaked online]] three weeks prior to its official release, with several thousand people torrenting it. There is no word yet on whether or not Lionsgate will be taking any legal action, although some are suspecting the company of leaking the film themselves, citing the fact that it mysteriously leaked right before the San Diego Comic Con, and that people at the convention were saying it's the best in the series - and also that this was a way of showing people the film before the critics had a chance to look at it.
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!!The Expendables 2 (2012) Opening with a mission to rescue a Chinese diplomat and introducing the new member to the team Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth), Church confronts Barney and demands a new mission to redeem him from the issue with how he handled the job in the previous movie. They are paired with Maggie Chan (Yu Nan) to recover sensitive information regarding a secret plutonium stockpile in Eastern Europe. Their mission is upset by Vilain (Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme), a terrorist for hire leading his own team including his second in command Hector (Scott Adkins). Vilain humiliates the team and leaves one of them dead, with the rest vowing revenge. They chase after Vilain to stop his plans and are joined by lone wolf ally Booker (Creator/ChuckNorris) to finish the job. !!The Expendables 3 (2014) In the ColdOpening, the team retrieves Barney's old friend Doc ([[Film/{{Blade}} Wesley Snipes]]) from a prison transport. Their new CIA handler Max Drummer (Creator/HarrisonFord) sends them off to capture a high level arms dealer and acknowledged war criminal, which Barney finds is [[WeUsedToBeFriends his former partner]] and co-founder of the Expendables, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Conrad Stonebanks]] (Creator/MelGibson), who [[FakingTheDead he thought was dead]]. A disastrous encounter inspires Barney to disband his current team out of fear for their lives, and with the help of Bonaparte (Creator/KelseyGrammer) puts together a new team consisting of young upstarts played by Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. His old team is not happy with being put on the sidelines and newcomer Galgo (Creator/AntonioBanderas) joins them, eager to get rid of his own demons. The third movie was [[http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/the-expendables-3-leaks-online-3-weeks-ahead-of-release-20140725 leaked online]] three weeks prior to its official release, with several thousand people torrenting it. There is no word yet on whether or not Lionsgate will be taking any legal action, although some are suspecting the company of leaking the film themselves, citing the fact that it mysteriously leaked right before the San Diego Comic Con, and that people at the convention were saying it's the best in the series - and also that this was a way of showing people the film before the critics had a chance to look at it. !!''Film/TheExpendables2'' (2012) !!''Film/TheExpendables3'' (2014)

[[folder:The Expendables 2]] !!'' The Expendables 2 '' provides examples of: * AscendedMeme: Chuck Norris' character in general. He shows up and destroys an army by himself. Lampshaded with one of the Website/ChuckNorrisFacts (the one about the King Cobra) used as a legend about the character. * AwesomePersonnelCarrier: The three armored vehicles used by the team in the beginning of the movie. Part truck, part battering ram, rounded off with ironic phrases spray painted on their business ends. ("COMING SOON", "KNOCK KNOCK", "BAD ATTITUDE".) And speaking of '80s references, it's probably not a coincidence that "Bad Attitude" (B.A.) looks like something Series/TheATeam would have built, and is driven by the black member of the team... * BadassPreacher: {{Invoked}} when Christmas shows off his martial arts skills while disguised as a priest. -->'''Lee:''' By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you... ''Man and knife.'' -->''(Proceeds to unload knife frenzy on some rooks...)'' * BadGuyBar: Barney an Lee visit one to get information. * BadToTheBone: Creator/ChuckNorris' first two appearances in the film draw a Leitmotif from [[Creator/ClintEastwood another, older, badass]] - namely, ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. * BareFistedMonk: Yang[=/=]JetLi. The film puts an emphasis on this by giving him an entire sequence where he takes out an entire squad this way. He also used [[ImprobableWeaponUser a pair of frying pans]]. * CallBack: ** A good portion of the movie features dialogue specifically referencing moments in the first film, including: a direct reference to Vilena, Yang and Gunnar "I would have winned" exchange, Gunnar referring to people as "insect", and Caesar's famous AA-12 shows up in the first scene. ---> '''Gunnar:''' Did you win? ---> '''Yang:''' Of course I win. ** Ross, like Tool before him, is given a chance to save women. Unlike Tool, he takes the opportunity. * CelebrityParadox: "Who's next, {{Franchise/Rambo}}?" * CigarChomper: Both Ross and Trench are frequently seen with a cigar. * CombatBreakdown: Played straight and then inverted in the final fight between Barney and Vilain. They start out trading bullets, but then decide to put their guns away after Vilain runs out of bullets, and Vilain even throws away the knife he took from Barney so they can fight bare-handed. But as the fight progresses, Vilain gets desperate enough that he actually snatches the knife back up to defend himself, and Barney counters by grabbing a heavy chain and using it as a weapon. * DemotedToExtra / PutOnABus: Scheduling issues with Jet Li resulted in his character Yin Yang not appearing beyond the opening scene. * DisproportionateRetribution: "You gave me a shit job, I'm gonna shoot you in the face when I see you!" * DynamicEntry: ** Trench plus a small tunnel-boring machine during the sequel. ** And, of course, the intro, featuring KNOCK-KNOCK, a giant battering ram on a jeep. * FeelingTheirAge: Brought up with the addition of a mid-20's team member Billy who has more enthusiasm and energy than the rest of the team combined. His older teammates are certainly [[BadassGrandpa not in bad shape themselves]], but there is a distinct difference in their lumbering pace compared to Billy jogging up a hill. * FingerGun: Exaggerated in one scene, when Barney treats his Finger Gun as if it were actually his revolver, complete with cocking the 'hammer'; subverted when all the baddies he 'fires' it at fall over dead as though he actually shot them; then double subverted when it turns out all the bullets were actually fired by FriendlySniper Billy the Kid. * FromBadToWorse: The heroes get pinned down during a firefight, and Barney mentions that the only way they could win is if they have a tank. The bad guys then roll out a tank. * GoryDiscretionShot: While the movie offers up a lot of blood spatter, we cut away during the bit where Maggie performs some painful JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on a Sang mook. * HeHadAName: this is used during the confrontation between [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Barney]] and [[Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme Vilain]]. * HesBack: [[spoiler:Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger]], both in-story and metafictionally - this was one of his first roles, after his tenure as Governor of California ended. * HopelessSuitor: Gunnar clearly has a huge crush on Maggie, but he is just too awkward and drunk around her to make any sort of sense. * HollywoodDensity: ** The plutonium in the second film is handled easily; one man was shown to casually carry three rather large "bars" in his hands in one scene. In reality these bars are sealed storage containers, and are usually made from thick ''lead-lined'' steel, weighing no less than 20 kilo each. ** What actually makes them lighter than plutonium bars, because plutonium is one and half density of lead. ** Even worse, it looks like there's just about 200 cylinders with the plutonium. So each cylinder should contain around 25kg of plutonium and the critical mass of plutonium is around 10kg for a perfect sphere. So these cylinders would be ''very'' close to it. And then the villains stack them in a regular hexagonal grid. Can you say "criticality accident"? * ImprovisedWeapon: ** When he runs out of bullets, Yang does work with some [[FryingPanOfDoom frying pans]]. ** Christmas makes use of a thurible(!) while disguised as a Catholic priest. Not to mention Ross and Caesar's use of an artillery shell as a hand thrown weapon... * IronicEcho: ** "You look nervous." ** "Question is, will you die like a man, or a sheep?" ** "Now, what?" [[spoiler:First spoken by Ross right before Billy is killed... later is spoken by Vilain right before he killed by Ross]]. * ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Billy's death]] makes the mission to retrieve the plutonium this for the team. --> '''Lee''': What's the plan? --> '''Ross''': Track 'em. Find 'em. ''Kill 'em.'' * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Church is not a nice guy and he and Barney do not like each other. Still, [[spoiler: when Billy is killed]] he offers sympathy to Barney and decides to give him more support. He also specifically told Ross to [[AFatherToHisMen make sure no harm comes to Maggie]]. It appears that he's usually only concerned about fellow CIA agents. * LighterAndSofter: There were rumors and even an official statement saying they were making the sequel PG-13. Probably due to the fandom backlash they ultimately went back on that idea and the movie is rated R like the original. It's been also said that the PG-13 was due to the removal of so much swearing in the script, a condition made by Creator/ChuckNorris before he'd join in. The final movie does have virtually no cursing, a contrast to the occasional ClusterFBombs from the first. * MacGuffin: The plutonium. * MoodWhiplash: Lamshaded and used in-universe. Maggie notes how the team bounces between light-hearted humor and dark nihilism concerning themselves. Barney notes that at this point they just try to keep things light for as long as they can, but they get pitch black dark when it's time to get serious. * NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The monstrous bad guy played by Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme in the sequel is named Vilain. So basically "Villain" if it were pronounced with a French accent. * NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Ross and Vilain's fight at the end of the second film is suitably brutal. * ObviouslyEvil: Van Damme's character’s last name is "Vilain", which is basically the word "villain" with a Francophone accent. [[ShapedLikeItself He is in fact a villain with a Francophone accent.]] Even Ross seems shocked at the idea. As if it weren't enough, Vilain used a satanic pentagram with goat horns as his gang's symbol! * OffWithHisHead: Billy's [[BoomHeadshot headshots]] disintegrates heads in the beginning of the movie, and Ross later does it to [[spoiler: Vilain]]. * PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Vilain manages to get the drop on Barney and his crew in the sequel, and after a lengthy standoff, Barney agrees to drop their weapons and hand over the device. Vilain then expresses his respect for Barney and leads his men away. [[spoiler: Then he kills Billy as an afterthought to remind Barney that "respect must be earned."]] * RedRightHand: Vilain and his Dragon both have big neck pentacle tattoos with a goat (which, as Vilain helpfully reminds us, is Satan's pet). * RedShirt: The interviews and promotional material of the film made it clear that the plot would revolve around the team avenging the death of, "one of their own." Looking at the cast, it was the guys from the first film and Thor's little brother. No points for guessing who gets the axe. * RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Mr. Church recaps the team's exploits in the original movie while talking to Barney. * {{Retirony}}: [[spoiler: Billy]] talks about how he's going to retire at the end of the month, he doesn't even make it to the end of the next day. * SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Billy the Kid is brutally tortured and killed right in front of his crew by Vilain]]. * ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Yin Yang drops out early in the film to deliver a Chinese national, though, in his words, there's a fifty-fifty chance he might make the separation from the team permanent. * SelfDeprecation: At the very end of the movie, when Church gives Barney an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2 An-2]] biplane: --> '''Barney''': That thing belongs in a museum!\\ '''Trench''': We all do. * SinisterShades: In part 2, Vilain spends pretty much the entire movie wearing sunglasses, even when underground in a mine. He only takes them off when he's preparing to face Ross in a hand to hand combat fight to the death. * TranquilFury: [[spoiler: Ross while taking out Vilain.]] * TheVillainMakesThePlot: Van Damme received a lot of praise for his role as the bad guy. * WorthyOpponent: Jean Vilain considers Barney one of these. Unlike many examples of this trope, however, that doesn't mean he is ''nice'' to Barney, and he [[spoiler: kills Billy]] just to remind Barney that "respect must be earned." [[/folder]] [[folder:The Expendables 3]] !!'' The Expendables 3 '' provides examples of: * ActorAllusion: multiple. ** Doc quips that he was incarcerated for "Tax Evasion". Wesley Snipes spent more than two years in prison for tax evasion. ** Stonebanks started out in the Australian special forces. Mel Gibson began his acting career in Australia. * AxCrazy: ** Doctor Death might be. He is at first for sure. ** Conrad Stonebanks. * BloodKnight: Galgo. He's desperate to get back in the mercenary game, because killing is all he knows -- He's more than willing to take a "one way trip" because that's better than ''no way'', which is where he's going now. * BlackDudeDiesFirst: Downplayed [[spoiler:with Caesar. He doesn't die, but sits out all but the last few minutes of the film. A lot of jokes were made about the movie how they brought in Wesley Snipes to fill the black guy quotient.]] * ChekhovsSkill: ** Doctor Death is stated to be a former medic when he's introduced. Later his skills stabilize [[spoiler: Caeser and save his life]] when he's wounded. ** When he's introduced, Smilee leaves his meeting with Ross and Bonaparte on a motorcycle, showing he does have training. During the final battle sequence, he not only uses a motorcycle taken from a goon to destroy a tank, but then uses it to save Ross' life by riding up the side of a crashed plane and ambushing the goons trying to kill him. ** Galgo is introduced via some LeParkour and other acrobatics. He does some of it in the final battle, but it doesn't work as well as before as the platform he was holding on to broke apart and he was lucky it swung him back inside the building a few stories down. * ConspicuousCGI: All over the damn place. In one of the most egregious examples, there's a notable "halo" around Barney and Bonaparte as they complete the simple task ''of driving a car.'' * GatlingGood: Caesar uses a minigun in the job that Doc was sprung for. He's pretty excited about it, but it expends its ammo after ten seconds of sustained fire. * GunshipRescue: Agent Drummer provides much needed support helicopter in the final battle. He can only do so much, especially when the enemy forces have helicopters of their own and it leads to a dogfight. * FightClubbing: Both Bonaparte and Smilee are introduced during two separate illegal fighting matches. One as a spectator and the other as a participant. * HomoeroticSubtext: Yang gets along with Trench much better than Barney's team, they jokingly hug and cry when Barney calls them out on how flirty they acted with each other. * IHaveYourWife: Well, not his wife, but Stonebanks captures [[spoiler: Ross' younger team]] and sends him a video ultimatum to draw him out. The language used was a little confusing in the trailer -- [[spoiler:"I have your kids."]] conjures up a different image than what actually happens in the movie. * ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: At one point Lee calls Barney a "demented bastard". Barney tells him he could've left out "demented". * ItsQuietTooQuiet: When the team enters the abandoned hotel before the final battle sequence. * {{Kneecapping}}: [[spoiler:Galgo]] does this to a pair of goons in the final battle. * LateArrivalSpoiler: The poster for ''3'' blatantly spoils that [[spoiler:Yin Yang returns]], after being absent for the majority of ''2''. * LightningBruiser: Luna's fighting style relies on her speed, agility and flexibility to compensate for her lack of size and strength. At times she looks like a luchador. * LighterAndSofter: The PG-13 rating. Admittedly, the first film was the bloodiest (one guy was split in two from a grenade launcher) and had lots of hard language. The second film less so due to Chuck Norris' involvement, but still had some brutal carnage (a guy is shredded by a helicopter stabilizer). This film opts for BloodlessCarnage vs. constant sprays of blood. * LikeASonToMe: How Ross views the young recruits, lampshaded by Christmas. --> ''"You look like a proud, demented, father."'' * LongRunnerLineup: Averted. Doc, one of the original Expendables, asks about the team he served with eight years ago. Ross tells him they're "gone". Doc's subsequent speech about the dog tags really drives home that The Expendables is a MeaningfulName. * MotorMouth: Galgo. * MsFanservice: Luna wears a low-cut, short, red dress and high heels in her introduction and then proceeds to fight in them. You'd think a bouncer who flips around and kicks people would wear something that wouldn't turn into a PantyShot the first time she does that. Later on during the missions, she wears a SpyCatsuit that shows plenty of cleavage while the rest of the team is wearing sensible tactical armor. * OhCrap: Barney and Doc when they realize their target is Stonebanks. * OldHeroNewPals: Barney assembles a new and younger group of Expendables in order to spare his old comrades a bloody fate. However, when those comrades insist on rejoining Barney to rescue those youngsters, they all find that once they get their personal frictions out of the way that they are a very effective team with the veterans' experience and the rookies' new skills finds them capable of holding off an army. * OutrunTheFireball: [[spoiler: After killing Stonebanks, Barney has to run to the chopper and escape the exploding building.]] * OnlyInItForTheMoney: [[spoiler:Yin Yang]] reveals that he began working for Trench off-screen because the pay was better. * PutOnABus / BusCrash: The dialogue is ambiguous. Church was either killed off-screen, or just reassigned somewhere else where The Expendables don't have to deal with him anymore. * RaceAgainstTheClock: During the final battle the team is racing against time to escape before [[spoiler:the charge on Gunnar's wrist computer (which is jamming the signal from the explosives planted in the abandoned hotel) runs out]]. * RealityEnsues: Two really peculiar examples give the overall tone of the film: ** Hale Caesar has a huge gun at the beginning which he is very excited about. Gunner tells him he'll "...shoot it for about ten seconds and blow (your) wad." This ends up being exactly what happens, and exactly what would happen with an [=M134=] in real life with the small ammo drum he had on it. ** When he's briefly detained, Stonebanks tells about how he and Barney came to be enemies. He mentions taking three rounds in the chest, adding, "Thank God for body armor. But it still hurt like hell." As just about anyone who's been shot while wearing a BulletproofVest can tell you, it still hurts a lot. In fact the blunt force trauma will break ribs, bruise organs and could kill you anyway. * {{Ruritania}}: Azmeristan, the country whose government is in Stonebanks’ pocket. * ShoutOut: In his introductory scene, Doc takes out a military base by [[StarFox64 ramming a train into it]] * SpyCatsuit: Luna wears one that shows cleavage aplenty when the rest of the team is wearing tac gear and body armor. By way of contrast her ActionGirl predecessor in ''2'' (Maggie) dressed as sensibly as the rest of the team. * SurvivorGuilt: ** Why Barney keeps the dog tags hanging in the plane. ** Barney [[spoiler: disbands the original team]] to avoid this. ** [[spoiler:Galgo tells Ross that he felt responsible for the death of his teammates during a mission in Benghazi many years back, and is trying to make up for it by rescuing the captured group members]]. * ThrowingTheFight: [[spoiler:Smilee does this to make some extra money when he's prize-fighting in Mexico.]] Only Barney notices. [[/folder]]
13th Oct '15 3:28:56 AM WillBGood
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* ShellShockedSenior: Tool, when he reveals his guilt to Barney.
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* ShellShockedSenior: ShellShockedVeteran: Tool, when he reveals his guilt to Barney.
3rd Sep '15 10:27:07 AM xxbiasonxxx
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** Before Yin and Gunnar fight, Gunnar's PreAssKickingOneLiner is, "What do you wear, size 3? Bring it, ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''!"
28th Aug '15 4:21:14 PM KJMackley
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A modest action movie franchise that intentionally contains [[GenreThrowback pretty much every trope associated with 1980s action movies]]. After the success of ''RockyBalboa'' and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' (2008), Creator/SylvesterStallone became interested in making a film that brought together [[AllStarCast as many action stars he could get]] with careers ranging from the 80's to modern day. The basic premise goes along with some grizzled mercenaries based out of New Orleans who call themselves "The Expendables." Stallone leads them as Barney Ross, with Creator/JasonStatham as Lee Christmas, his closest friend. Rounding out the rest of the team is Creator/JetLi as Ying Yang, Creator/DolphLundgren as Gunnar Jensen, Creator/RandyCouture as Toll Road and Terry Crews as Hale Caesar. And, most famously, Stallone's box office rival Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays Barney's FriendlyEnemy Trench, who leads a rival team. Outside of that core group, many other stars have come and gone through the various movies, some as new allies and others as villains.
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A modest action movie franchise that intentionally contains [[GenreThrowback pretty much every trope associated with 1980s action movies]]. movies]]. After the success of ''RockyBalboa'' and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' (2008), Creator/SylvesterStallone became interested in making a film that brought together [[AllStarCast as many action stars he could get]] with careers ranging from the 80's to modern day. day. The basic premise goes along with some grizzled mercenaries [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenaries]] based out of New Orleans who call themselves "The Expendables." Stallone leads them as Barney Ross, with Creator/JasonStatham as Lee Christmas, his closest friend. Rounding out the rest of the team is Creator/JetLi as Ying Yang, Creator/DolphLundgren as Gunnar Jensen, Creator/RandyCouture as Toll Road and Terry Crews as Hale Caesar. And, most famously, Stallone's box office rival Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays Barney's FriendlyEnemy Trench, who leads a rival team. Outside of that core group, many other stars have come and gone through the various movies, some as new allies and others as villains. villains. While unabashedly masculine action movies, they also attempt to show just how depersonalized [[AMillionIsAStatistic the body count can be to a mercenary]], along with [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene a few quiet moments of reflection]] and the [[BadassGrandpa struggles of aging soldiers staying relevant]] while [[MetaCasting feeling their age]].

A third movie includes Creator/AntonioBanderas, [[Film/{{Blade}} Wesley Snipes]], Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/KelseyGrammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell joining the cast, and Creator/MelGibson confirmed as the film's villain. In this outing, Barney is forced to recruit both old and new allies alike to take down his former partner and co-founder of the Expendables, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Conrad Stonebanks]], who is determined to wipe the team out once and for all.
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A third movie includes Creator/AntonioBanderas, [[Film/{{Blade}} In the ColdOpening, the team retrieves Barney's old friend Doc ([[Film/{{Blade}} Wesley Snipes]], Creator/HarrisonFord, Creator/KelseyGrammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Snipes]]) from a prison transport. Their new CIA handler Max Drummer (Creator/HarrisonFord) sends them off to capture a high level arms dealer and Glen Powell joining the cast, and Creator/MelGibson confirmed as the film's villain. In this outing, acknowledged war criminal, which Barney finds is forced to recruit both old and new allies alike to take down [[WeUsedToBeFriends his former partner partner]] and co-founder of the Expendables, [[AwesomeMcCoolName Conrad Stonebanks]], Stonebanks]] (Creator/MelGibson), who is determined [[FakingTheDead he thought was dead]]. A disastrous encounter inspires Barney to wipe the disband his current team out once of fear for their lives, and for all. with the help of Bonaparte (Creator/KelseyGrammer) puts together a new team consisting of young upstarts played by Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. His old team is not happy with being put on the sidelines and newcomer Galgo (Creator/AntonioBanderas) joins them, eager to get rid of his own demons.
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* ShoutOut: In his introductory scene, Doc takes out a military base by [[Starfox64 ramming a train into it]]
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* ShoutOut: In his introductory scene, Doc takes out a military base by [[Starfox64 [[StarFox64 ramming a train into it]]
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