Strip away the nostalgic value in seeing old-school action heroes in one movie and what’s left? Another attempt by Sylvester Stallone to make us think that over 60, he still has everything the Italian Stallion had when he was under 30. He does, but now it all has wrinkles on it. For the current generation of 18-year-old male moviegoers, the group for which movies like this are made, Stallone has always been an old man.
In “The Expendables,” he plays Barney Ross, leader of a six-man team of mercenaries who do the CIA’s dirty work when The Agency wants to keep its reputation for fair play intact. They’re hired by Mr. Church (Bruce Willis, sharing a brief scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger, both of whom appear to be having a great time) to eliminate Gen. Garza (David Zayas, TV’s “Dexter”), a tin-pot dictator of the Manuel Noriega type who is running drugs with rogue CIA agent James Munroe (Eric Roberts, “The Dark Knight”) and his minion (Steve Austin, “The Condemned”).
Ross and right-hand man, Lee Christmas (Jason Statham, “Crank: High Voltage”), head south to scout out Garzaland and meet El Jefe’s daughter, Sandra (Giselle Iti