Film The Expendables Discussion

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11:52:54 AM Oct 22nd 2011
Why are we using a picture with IGN's logo? They don't own the image. No credit towards them is needed.
02:42:39 PM Feb 3rd 2011
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pls delete
07:11:01 AM Dec 7th 2010
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Regarding Mr Church: Obviously his name was inspired by where the meeting was taking place, but does anyone else think it may also be a reference to the Church Committee that took a bite out of the CIA's ability to engage in covert action (like, say, toppling dictatorships) in the mid-70s?

Or is that too deep for a Stuff Blowing Up movie? :P
10:12:33 AM Oct 13th 2010
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Has anyone seen the new photoshop contest on Entry #1 totally needs to be the page image either here or on Troperiffic.
08:37:10 AM Oct 20th 2010
It's on The Movie.
10:39:45 AM Aug 25th 2010
Am I the only one to think that Caesar's "I love this gun" scene is a Shout-Out to the Meet the Heavy video? I swear I kept expecting him to say "boolet".
11:02:10 AM Aug 25th 2010
Aside from both of them featuring someone gushing over a gun, I don't see much in common.
11:18:54 PM Aug 18th 2010
I took out Badass Decay because the trope is about characters and not "meta perspective" stuff; saying the trope applies to Jet Li is basically saying he has suffered Badass Decay himself. Having just seen the movie I'll admit that it was disappointing that Li didn't get as memorable a moment as most everyone else, but he wasn't utterly helpless either. The only time Yang needed help against Gunnar was that final impaling threat but he handled the Brit almost entirely on his own, Lee just helped with the finish.
  • Badass Decay: Jet Li from a meta perspective. He doesn't win a single fight against a main character without assistance in the entire film.
    • An Asian man overshadowing a bunch of gun-toting westerners in an American-made action film? Ha ha ha ha.
      • What I found hilarious was that everytime he fought, he was kicking the other dudes ass. The other would just get a lucky hit towards the end of the fight.
    • Your Mileage May Vary: It often gets lost that Dolph Lundgren has a black belt in Kyokushin Karate and was European Champion twice. Couple that with the fact that he is is 6'5" and about 260 pounds and is in pretty good shape, and that's not such a stretch to think he could hold his own with Jet Li.
      • Fortunately, this is Jet Li we're talking about. Even with the purported Decay, he is still very, very Bad Ass.
11:53:02 PM Aug 18th 2010
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  • the trope is about characters and not "meta perspective" stuff

I personally think that still applies. Oh, and when I saw the deletion in the history, there was no discussion, so I restored it. Don't start a war. Let's see what the general consensus is.
06:20:50 PM Aug 21st 2010
I think it's warranted. Jet Li has headlined so many action movies he's turned into the quintessential "untouchable badass martial artist" in the minds of many, so it's easy to see why seeing him not win a single fight might be a little jarring to some people.

As long as "from a meta perspective" is in the description, I don't think it should be removed.
02:10:11 AM Aug 31st 2010
The biggest argument I can think of against it is that Rambo would never have taken as big a beating as Barney did (he took the most punishment of anyone, caused by Payne, short of being killed) but isn't there any argument concerning him suffering Badass Decay. The trope is about how when a character appears more often the less dangerous they become, it's Character Development/Character Derailment and it can't happen in the first installment. Terms like "Meta" are often a word that says "I am redefining the trope so that it fits the definition I want it to." and that is what has happened here. That line of thinking says that if Jet Li shows any sign of weakness then it is badass decay, because we all know he is an "untouchable badass martial artist."

I certainly understand the line of thinking and I think it is a perfectly valid observation, but I'm saying it's coming up with the wrong trope. What makes it jarring isn't that he nearly lost a fight but that he didn't get a personal, distinctive CMOA like everyone else (Gunnar's "warning shot," Barney and Lee's escape from the island, Caesar's shotgun and Toll's "flaming punch"). Because of that Missed Moment of Awesome is far more accurate and is less likely to cause an argument like the section that I took out.
12:11:38 AM Apr 9th 2011
It's interesting to note that almost all of the non-mook hand-to-hand fights in the movie are only won when two of the Expendables team up to fight their opponent; when they're by themselves they usually, at best, draw even. The only fight in the entire movie where an Expendable beats named villain hand-to-hand it Road's brawl with The Dragon, and even that one was indirectly supported by having said dragon end up getting set on fire by the explosives that had set the channel of fuel on fire.
01:47:11 PM Aug 15th 2010
Just curious, how is it known that Sandra's an Interpol agent? I didn't see anything referring to that in the movie, so I think I may have missed something.
02:01:03 PM Aug 15th 2010
Popped up in The Other Wiki. It has since then been changed over there as well.
07:42:17 PM Aug 13th 2010
Question: why is what Statham did to his ex-girlfriend's abusive boyfriend Disproportionate Retribution? The bastard punched her in the face. Statham didn't even kill the guy, he just roughed him up and told he'd come back if he did it again. Am I being unreasonable thinking he deserved it?
01:05:52 AM Aug 14th 2010
10:23:31 AM Jul 17th 2010
The verdict? Is it worth seeing?
12:40:46 PM Jul 30th 2010
Um, it hasn't been released yet, buddy. Wait for August 13th.
09:26:46 AM Aug 2nd 2010
I don't think we have to wait at all. Yes, it's worth seeing. With all these guys, I'd probably go see it even if Uwe Boll directed. The only way this can suck is if it's the biggest turd of the millenium. Nobody's going to see this for dramatic thespianism, depth of the scenario or intricate characterisation. We get to see our childhood heroes kill truckloads of bad guys and blow shit up while cracking one-liners.
10:12:48 PM Aug 2nd 2010
^ Seconded.
01:07:20 PM Aug 13th 2010
Maybe it was a good thing that Chuck Norris doesn't appear in this movie. That could have pushed the awesome level beyond that a normal human could survive.
05:06:48 PM Oct 13th 2010
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Hi! I didn't write about the page.
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