A smile came to my face as I read that “The Expendables,” the movie featuring Baby Boomers Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, and others, was #1 at the box office for the second week in a row.
Score one for the good guys. Score one for the Boomers. Score one for Rocky and Rambo.
Sylvester Stallone has an American spirit about him that shines through in his movies. Even as he has grown older, he has not lost that love of country and the desire to show good triumphing over evil and men protecting women … the chivalry that almost died late in the 20th century … and it comes through in this latest self-written script. Breitbart's Big Hollywood offers an in-depth plot review of the movie that has hit the big time over 30 years after Rocky rocketed Stallone to stardom.
With “The Expendables,” Stallone has brought it all together in a story of betrayal and loyalty, reuniting action movie heroes of the 1980s including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Jason Stratham, and Dolph Lundgren who was his opponent in the Rocky IV movie. “The Expendables” is about a team of highly trained and very dangerous mercenaries who are sent to South America to overthrow a ruthless dictator.
True to typical Stallone style, he delivers action-packed adventure without the in-your-face profanity the permeates today's entertainment although he provides plenty of fire power while taking some hits himself. Most stunts were performed by the actors so there were bumps and bruises involved but Stallone admitted that was part of the territory when filming an action movie.
Meanwhile, the LA Times declared the movie “too patriotic.” When Stallone recently appeared on Fox and Friends with his co-star Jason Stratham, he explained that he wanted to make a movie that was “unapologetic,” something I think many would applaud.
Forget the LA Times. I'll take “The Expendables” — patriotism, good-versus-evil, and all. It's nice to see the good guys win. Judging from the box office returns, it looks as if many other Americans feels the same way. Chalk another one up for Sly Stallone who seems to understand when America needs a hero.