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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Since the late 90’s, action movies have been trending more towards CGI laden spectacles. Granted, all movies at this point are subject to some amount of CGI, even on the smallest scale, but the day of the muscle bound action star has waned. Instead we are inundated with superhero movies and epic fantasies. (Read: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, 300, Avatar…) The days of the tough guy, in a tough spot, using pure brute force, are seemingly gone. There have been some blips on the radar: the Bourne series, the most recent Rambo, Casino Royale (which could be argued down), and most everything that Jason Statham has put out. Statham hearkens back to the days of testosterone fueled ass-kicking, perhaps that’s why he’s so popular, and perhaps that’s why he fits in Stallone’s recent parade of action stars, The Expendables (2010). He is carrying on the tradition pioneered by the likes of Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Stallone. (more…)


[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer]

"Only an idiot would do this job."

This past weekend The Expendables took number one at the box office, blowing both Michael Cera¬†and Julia Roberts’ puny films away in a blast of pure testosterone. It seems like this was the summer action movie that audiences had been waiting for, especially after the somewhat lackluster A-Team reimagining and a slew of other half-hearted remakes and sequels. So is it worth it? Will it satisfy your craving for blood, sweat, and explosions? (more…)