The Expendables
The Expendables 2010 poster.jpg
Directed by Sylvester Stallone
Produced by Avi Lerner
Kevin King Templeton
John Thompson
Screenplay by David Callaham
Sylvester Stallone
Story by David Callaham
Starring Sylvester Stallone
Jason Statham
Jet Li
Dolph Lundgren
Eric Roberts
Randy Couture
Steve Austin
David Zayas
Gisele Itié
Charisma Carpenter
Gary Daniels
Terry Crews
Mickey Rourke
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Jeffrey L. Kimball
Editing by Ken Blackwell
Paul Harb
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date(s) August 3, 2010
(Los Angeles premiere)
August 13, 2010
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $82 million
Box office $274.5 million
Followed by The Expendables 2

The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone. Filming began on March 28, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and the film was released in theaters on August 13, 2010 in North America. It is the first installment in The Expendables film series. A sequel was released on August 17, 2012.


After a successful assignment to save hostages from pirates in Somalia, Barney Ross and his team of mercenaries, the "Expendables" are invited by Mr. Church to kill the corrupt General Garza, who is the dictator of the Vilena Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Church offers 5 million dollars and Barney travels with his partner Lee Christmas in their plane to Vilena to meet their local contact, Sandra. They have an incident with one troop and they flee from the island, but Sandra refuses to leave her country and is left behind. They investigate and discover that Church is actually from CIA, that wants them to do the dirty work to destroy the powerful drug dealer and rogue FBI agent James Munroe, who is using the island to grow coke. But Barney also feels divided between staying safe in USA or risk his life to save Sandra and his own soul.



Critical responseEdit

The film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes shows that 41% of critics gave the film a positive review based upon reviews by 192 critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the film has received a mean score of 45, based on 35 reviews. CinemaScore polls, however, reflect solid audience approval with a B+ average grade.


The Expendables (2010) - Clip Basketball Fight00:51

The Expendables (2010) - Clip Basketball Fight

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