Escape to the Movies: The Expendables

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Pipotchi:

Hubilub:
I could barely finish watching this review. Took a lot of strength.

I can't believe Bob this week. We are obedient sheep because we go see one of the biggest collaboration films this decade instead of watching a film that was barely advertised in many places? We are the worst kind of people on earth because we like the premise that a movie will be an homage to 80s action films?

He dropped the ball on this review. Insulting a film is one thing, insulting someone for liking it is another, but insulting people for thinking the premise sounds like a fun idea?. That's a new low. I won't even go into how much I disagree with you on the quality of the film.

For someone who tries to hinder people from being elitist nerds, you are one of the biggest elitist nerds I've seen in quite a while.

Also this,

Also Movie Bob keeps holding up Equilibrium when talking about better action movies, that movie was utter twaddle pure over stylised matrix clone waffle. Even metacritic has it lower than the Expendables

I'm going to call it:

MovieBob is a hypocrite.

He complains that the people on earth are sheep following the word of the media and that we need to make our own decisions. BULLSHIT. That's not what he wants. He wants to be the one the sheep follow! That's why he's frustrated right now. A majority of people don't do what he thinks they should do, so he claims that they are sheep. What, so if we follow your word and just watch Scott Pilgrim instead of the Expendables we're not sheep?

Does he realize that Scott Pilgrim isn't AT ALL as appealing as The Expendables? Does he realize that Scott Pilgrim is aimed for a much smaller audience than the Expendables? If he doesn't, he's a moron. If he does, then he is frustrated because people won't go to see a film not meant for them, which, again, shows how he wants everyone to be his sheep, following his words. Anyone who doesn't? In Bob's eyes, they are the sheep of the media, explosion hungry idiots who don't deserve to watch films.

He's even worse than fucking Yahtzee! Yahtzee at least doesn't pretend to be anything else than someone who insults people that don't agree with him. Bob tries to make himself look like a god amongst nerds we all should follow, and when we don't, he starts to whine.

I went to see it with a group of mates post-exam results yesterday (Scott Pilgrim isn't released in the UK until Wednesday D: ) and I'd agree, it's artistically and filmographically rubbish, but it's good fun. I can't imagine looking to buy it on DVD/Bluray, but I can imagine in 10 or so years finding it in a bargain bin for 3 and thinking "I sorta remember this, it was quite fun, I might as well get it"

I'm so sad, I knew this movie was going to suck. But I was hoping that it was at least going to be fun like The A-team or G.I. Joe, how unfortunate.

No, disagree, wrong, wrong, wrong.
Does your review actually exist because you want to take revenge on the Expendables due to Scott Pilgrim doing badly?
You are bashing the movie because it is dumb and worthless yet you're complaining because of the lack of blood?
Seriously, this is the second time I am personally displeased with your reviews, because I have a feeling you wanted to hate it. Well, congratulations then.
Also, "worst people on Earth"? Niiiice.

Two horribly wrong videos in one week. You're on a roll, bobby boy :)

Person on last page: People don't whine about Yahtzee because The Escapist, by large, is his bitch. Saying anything bad about him/something he likes gets you reported very quickly.

Besides, his reviews are usually not really reviews, just jabs at what's wrong with a game. This is just flat-out stating that a movie is terrible, and if you think otherwise your opinion is worthless.

This isn't the first time I've disagreed with Bob, but it's the first time where he's not even attempting to review it. He's just insulting the movie, and people who like it.

Face the facts, it's an all-star action movie versus a niche title with a despised actor.

The outcome was never really in doubt.

MacNille:
I saw it and i loved it. It is not a piece of shit. Moviebob, you are wrong!

Unfortunately Movie Bob has to go to the movies because it's his job. Perhaps he at one time he went to movies to enjoy them he now has to punch in and out much like the usher. Not only that but he has to go home and watch dozens of movies a week to look at the past works of current directors and stars. This get's boring quickly so when he see's a film that tries nothing but to cater to the lowest common denominator it drives him crazy.
Feel pity for movie Bob because much like a fluffer on the set of a porno flick he is not in on the fun and will have to clean up the mess when it's over.

Was wondering what all the hype was about. It seemed pretty clear to me that the movie would be senseless, but with a great cast, hurrah for being right I suppose.
I had to pick between seeing Scott Pilgrim or Splice today (chose Scott Pilgrim btw, did not disappoint)...Expendables was not even a consideration.
It's a shame when good movies are overshadowed by bad ones with superior star-power.
EDIT:
Seems to be a lot of anger over this review. I found it humorous how much Bob hated it. Keep in mind that reviews are at the core just educated opinion, but that movies that do well, whether good or bad, tend to get repeated and overshadow anything else, stunting the growth of the industry until the effects die off. See: Twilight. It's the same deal, only it seems this time the audience consists of more people that watch these videos.
This doing well will likely have repercussions, which is what it seems Bob is frustrated with. My guess is that Scott Pilgrim seemed like a breath of fresh air being the relative risk it was, but now that trend is less likely to pick up since Expendables has stolen the show.

VanityGirl:

Hubilub:
I could barely finish watching this review. Took a lot of strength.

I can't believe Bob this week. We are obedient sheep because we go see one of the biggest collaboration films this decade instead of watching a film that was barely advertised in many places? We are the worst kind of people on earth because we like the premise that a movie will be an homage to 80s action films?

He dropped the ball on this review. Insulting a film is one thing, insulting someone for liking it is another, but insulting people for thinking the premise sounds like a fun idea?. That's a new low. I won't even go into how much I disagree with you on the quality of the film.

For someone who tries to hinder people from being elitist nerds, you are one of the biggest elitist nerds I've seen in quite a while.

And yet so many people on this site take shit from Yatzee and allow him to call them whatever he pleases and no one takes a second glance.
Odd isn't it?

Yahtzee has never claimed to be on our side. Yahtzee has never tried to be something other than the "troll" he is. Virtually nobody takes Yahtzee's opinions seriously, rather just watching for fun.

MovieBob isn't even close to as funny as Zero Punctuation. He doesn't have any good jokes or a very entertaining premise. And he's not supposed to have any of these. He's supposed to have educated opinions and interesting discussions about films. Now that he's downgraded to this? Pathetic

Angry bob! Yes! And he hated the expendables too! Great episode. Go see Scott pilgrim.

Eh, the clip thats in every trailer for the expendables where they compare knives to bullets was... kind of neat? But thats not saying much.

Fun fact there are nine MMA championships in this movie and two of the cast members fought while this movie was in production.

Hubilub:

Pipotchi:

Hubilub:
I could barely finish watching this review. Took a lot of strength.

I can't believe Bob this week. We are obedient sheep because we go see one of the biggest collaboration films this decade instead of watching a film that was barely advertised in many places? We are the worst kind of people on earth because we like the premise that a movie will be an homage to 80s action films?

He dropped the ball on this review. Insulting a film is one thing, insulting someone for liking it is another, but insulting people for thinking the premise sounds like a fun idea?. That's a new low. I won't even go into how much I disagree with you on the quality of the film.

For someone who tries to hinder people from being elitist nerds, you are one of the biggest elitist nerds I've seen in quite a while.

Also this,

Also Movie Bob keeps holding up Equilibrium when talking about better action movies, that movie was utter twaddle pure over stylised matrix clone waffle. Even metacritic has it lower than the Expendables

I'm going to call it:

MovieBob is a hypocrite.

He complains that the people on earth are sheep following the word of the media and that we need to make our own decisions. BULLSHIT. That's not what he wants. He wants to be the one the sheep follow! That's why he's frustrated right now. A majority of people don't do what he thinks they should do, so he claims that they are sheep. What, so if we follow your word and just watch Scott Pilgrim instead of the Expendables we're not sheep?

Does he realize that Scott Pilgrim isn't AT ALL as appealing as The Expendables? Does he realize that Scott Pilgrim is aimed for a much smaller audience than the Expendables? If he doesn't, he's a moron. If he does, then he is frustrated because people won't go to see a film not meant for them, which, again, shows how he wants everyone to be his sheep, following his words. Anyone who doesn't? In Bob's eyes, they are the sheep of the media, explosion hungry idiots who don't deserve to watch films.

He's even worse than fucking Yahtzee! Yahtzee at least doesn't pretend to be anything else than someone who insults people that don't agree with him. Bob tries to make himself look like a god amongst nerds we all should follow, and when we don't, he starts to whine.

I totally agree with this. I had absolutely no desire to see Scott Pilgrim until he actually did his review and said it was awesome. He was not wrong, however, I would have never watched it otherwise. It was not a movie that caught my eye, it was not a movie that looked good.

However, this movie caught me right at the start. A huge lineup of actors that, due to a heightened flow of testosterone in the theater, caused the women around me to grow beards? Well, duh I'm going to want to see it.

Sorry Bob... I feel like this is the second time you've let me down. Book of Eli was much worse though.

FargoDog:

Blue-State:

FargoDog:

Blue-State:

FargoDog:
And yet I'm still going to see it.

Traitor! >(

Why? Because I'd rather make up my own mind than just listen to some movie-critic who I could completely disagree with, which I probably will in this case?

Are you gunna see Scott Pilgrim as well?

Yup, but not for any other reason than it looks like a film I will enjoy. I'm not doing it for 'allegiance' to movie-bob.

Wouldn't ask you to do that. I was talking about fueling the shameless exploitation of action movies. But I guess as long as your supporting original films as well, it evens out.

You know, I didn't expect much from this movie. In fact, I didn't expect anything other than amazing action scenes. And it even failed at that! I just don't understand how you can have bad action scenes with so much damn action stars.

However I didn't see Scott Pilgrim. Hate me if you must, but I hate Micheal Cera. I hate him very, very much. In fact he's the one reason I didn't want to see the movie. He's just so god damn annoying and such a pain in the ass it drives me insane. Add on to the fact that I don't really know anything about Scott Pilgrim and yeah, you have a perfect storm.

But don't insult me for going to the Expendables and not Scott Pilgrim. I have my reasons. And when you put a movie with every action star next to a movie with some annoying prick, don't be surprised when people go for the movie full of action stars.

Irridium:
You know, I didn't expect much from this movie. In fact, I didn't expect anything other than amazing action scenes. And it even failed at that! I just don't understand how you can have bad action scenes with so much damn action stars.

How does a film that has a scene where Jason Statham sitting on the nose of an airplane using a huge machine gun to murder a bunch of soldier not have amazing or memorable action scenes?

Well said... All of it!

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I'm still amazed that it got made!

So.. did he like it or not? :P

Wow, way overboard with the nerd rage. I really couldn't disagree more with this, it sounds like Bob went in wanting to hate it because Scott Pilgrim did badly at the box office. The only part of this review rant I agree with was the part about Jet Li, he was underused and made to look pretty weak. Apart from that if you switch your brain off and just prepare for a good action movie, that's what you get.

I enjoy The Expendables, in some ways more so then Scott Pilgrim, and I don't think I'm the "worst kind of person" for that.

Ouch - torn to shreds. I still want to see it (but not pay for it), just to experience it for myself

SamStar42:
Look, Bob. I've defended you more than I need have, you're probably one of my favourite movie critics but please, for the love of God, accept that not every movie has to be this artistic piece, with amazing acting, original set pieces and have an important message behind them. Some movies are just meant to be enjoyable to sit through.

He's not afraid to like a movie that's only dumb fun, have you seen all his older movie reviews? Hell, the G.I. Joe one almost had me stop watching these because I couldn't believe he would like it, even if for the 'dumb fun' factor.
I think what gets him and me and a lot of people who like watching movies (preferably good movies) about the Expendables is that it's not just dumb fun. It's so horrifyingly shallow and unashamedly calculated. It's a condescending film that sells itself solely by going "Hey look, we've got 'em all! All the stars of the classic action films! That's all you dumb bastards care about anyway! Now buy a ticket!" I feel almost offended the thing was made, and as far as it being a box office hit...
Well, I haven't expected much from people for a long time now anyway...

Have to disagree with the notion that there wasn't a "memorable death scene" in the movie. Don't remember the guy's name, but the third guy in the group of bad guys (the lackey that WASN'T Steve Austin) is pretty memorable with his Jet Li/Jason Statam kickey-neck-snappy death. :)

I agree Expendables sucked. But it didn't suck as much as the ending to Splice. Which ruined all of Splice. In fact Splice is the worst movie I've seen in my life after seeing the ending.

But back to Expendables. Meh... Even if it were a TV show it couldn't compare to the TV show The A-Team. And I was more annoyed with the fact the female actors had small rolls.

It has become one of the main reasons to why I hope that sooner or later The Escapist would extend Escape To The Movies to all movies coming out that week. Another being From Paris With Love which I haven't seen yet & I'm considering renting.

Off-Topic & final thought for now.
If any movie should be considered "This Years District 9" so far that would have to go to Daybreakers.

Hubilub:
I could barely finish watching this review. Took a lot of strength.

I can't believe Bob this week. We are obedient sheep because we go see one of the biggest collaboration films this decade instead of watching a film that was barely advertised in many places? We are the worst kind of people on earth because we like the premise that a movie will be an homage to 80s action films?

He dropped the ball on this review. Insulting a film is one thing, insulting someone for liking it is another, but insulting people for thinking the premise sounds like a fun idea?. That's a new low. I won't even go into how much I disagree with you on the quality of the film.

For someone who tries to hinder people from being elitist nerds, you are one of the biggest elitist nerds I've seen in quite a while.

I didn't ever imagine you'd comment on this.

It's okay, Hub. I've got ya.

*Rubs Hub's back*

Well... I probably wont be going to see this. On the other hand, The A-team was epic.

BTW Bob, didn't the A-Team start the wave of 80s-wanna-be action movies?

Plus I didn't expect Scott Pilgrim to do #1. As good as the movie may be, and as much as mainstream pretends to like Video Game culture, Mainstream culture isn't ready for it. They have their palates full with Comic-book movies and psuedo80s wave movies.

Yaloret:
Why do they bleep Bob but not Yahtzee?

Everyone knows not to take Yahtzee seriously, even he knows! He's there to make you laugh. Not to give an opinion.

Bob on the other hand... he's a reviewer. He needs more... class.

Hubilub:

Irridium:
You know, I didn't expect much from this movie. In fact, I didn't expect anything other than amazing action scenes. And it even failed at that! I just don't understand how you can have bad action scenes with so much damn action stars.

How does a film that has a scene where Jason Statham sitting on the nose of an airplane using a huge machine gun to murder a bunch of soldier not have amazing or memorable action scenes?

I agree. That scene was great. However most of the fight scenes suffered from the curse known as "shakey cam" which I seriously hate. I could barely make out the characters during these scenes. The one exception being when Li was fighting in the warehouse(or garage, forgot what building that was). There it was tolerable.

Wow, I actually thought the exact opposite. The Expendables was a wonderful change from all the recent shitty actions movies that use generic action as filler for horrible stories. The Expendables' fight scenes looked amazingly cool, far better than any of the over-stylized dance offs that passes for action that I've seen in the last couple of years at least.

I've gotten really tired of over-choreographed martial arts based action sequences that end up blending together and becoming generic, and The Expendables was NOT generic. It is FAR more clever, interesting, and balls out exhilarating than Salt, Predators, Clash of the Titans, ANY of the recent action movies.

I used to have great respect for Bob, but after his last few reviews (and the ridiculous remark about DOA having eight reasons to see it) it's clear that a HUGE part of his praise comes from excessive fan service instead of actual substance. He sits there nerdraging and stereotyping and ignores that this is a different type of action movie that was thoroughly more enjoyable than most of the other generic films. Yeah, it's considerably "manlier", (I'm pretty sure my girlfriend was impregnated with a baby made of testicles while watching) but how does that make it worse than the films that arrogantly pretend to have depth while trying to spread themselves wide enough to capture more of an audience?

I bet if this movie had a dozen unnecessarily half-naked girls, some pointless sci-fi twist on the genre, and more dance routines called fight scenes, then he would have liked it.

I am put in mind of a quote from Moby, something about how pop music was generally shit these days, because there is no substance, no artistry, no deeper meaning or whatnot...

The truth is, sometimes people just want to hum. It's really not a bad thing.

Look, I'm sorry Scott Pilgrim is bombing. I really enjoyed it. But I could've fucking told you it was going to bomb: it's still far too niche for widespread, word-of-mouth appeal, and didn't have the media blitzkreig supporting it in order to overcome that niche... er -ness? Nichetude? Whatever. You know what I mean.

An action movie starring a multitude of well-known action stars that got a ton of advertising support is doing well? You're surprised by this, why???

An action movie starring a little-known actor made by a little-known director based on a little-known comic book that got almost no advertising support is doing poorly? You're surprised by this, why???

Really Bob, I understand your critical objections to the Expendables. Personally, I have no interest in seeing it, because I loathe Sylvester Stallone. But dude, you come off sounding naive and, frankly, like a geek who lives in the extra room over his parents' garage while working at the video store for minimum wage and gnashing his teeth over the 'injustice' of the fact that the world does not happen to share his particular distorted world-view.

On a personal note, please consider stopping the bleeping out of your expletives. It's completely unnecessary. If you must, however, NORMALIZE them so it's not like your stabbing my eardrums with icepicks, ok? I like my hearing.

Oh, and PS:

NO KEANU FUCKING REEVES CANNOT FUCKING ACT

He is incapable of any more range than a slightly spaced out or stoner-type of personality (either happy- Bill & Ted's- or introspective/sad - Constantine/Matrix/Speed). Ask him to do ANYTHING else and he fails, miserably. His ineptitude is on full display as Don John in Much Ado About Nothing. He almost single-handedly ruined that movie.

And if you can only do one type of role- particularly when it's basically your real personality, you're not an Actor: you're just being you around some props.

Yeah, this is easily the worst Escape to the Movies since last year's Star Trek. I can count quite a few claims that were made about the movie's content that were just plain inaccurate. I mean, I don't know what he saw, but it sounded like garbage. Good thing I actually got to see the Expendables.

It is a bit of a shame that Scott Pilgrim's only in 5th place though. Problem is in spite of how unique it is and the fact that is has both Edgar Wright and Michael Cera attached doesn't help the fact that its extremely insane and aimed at a demographically smaller audience than the four movies that beat it (Expendables, Eat Pray Love, The Other Guys and Inception).

WOW Bob, I don't think you even crapped on Transformers 2 quite as hard! So many bleeps. So much hate.

With the actors, I really do want to give this movie a chance. :( I really do want there to be some missunderstanding. :( I really do want some redeeming value to come from this apperant omage to older action flicks. But I've learned that Bob has some value to his opinion. I can hear his opinion of a movie and find that it was informative, and often agree with some points well after the fact. Which is why I'm so thrown as to why I keep wanting to give this movie a chance even though Bob have so plainly said it's a flop and then some. :(

SamStar42:
Look, Bob. I've defended you more than I need have, you're probably one of my favourite movie critics but please, for the love of God, accept that not every movie has to be this artistic piece, with amazing acting, original set pieces and have an important message behind them. Some movies are just meant to be enjoyable to sit through. Salt was this and you appeared to like that even if there were two reasons attached to Jolie that probably helped your opinion along the way.

And please, stop stating that everyone who likes a movie you don't is worthless. Transformers, Book of Eli, and now Expendables - some people just like to sit through a movie that's brainless. Whilst they're not that good, stating that everyone who likes them is pretty much wrong is just arrogant and pretentious.

Not everyone who likes bad action movies is this douchebag frat boy, who can't tell the difference between an etch-a-sketch and a Da Vinci. Just accept that occasionally people don't see things the way you do, because you're starting to become insufferable.

This guy and a few others have it spot on for what I think of your video this week. It really really did come across as "You're all stupid because you let a movie with a massive budget that has been talked about for years, beat the little indie movie that has only recently found its way into the mainstream limelight."

Every once in a while I love to switch off my brain and buy over priced popcorn and just sit there and watch whats on the screen.

*EDIT*
Despite your review claiming this movie is terrible and that if I go see it, I'll cement myself as being a worthless piece of crap, who has attributed to the state of the human race, I'm still going to go watch the thing.

i think some of this guys reviews are great, but im not gonna listen to this review, the movie looks good so im gonna see it. remember this is the guy who praised daywalkers.

edit: if your confused, im saying daywalkers sucked

Just Craig:
It's a condescending film that sells itself solely by going "Hey look, we've got 'em all! All the stars of the classic action films! That's all you dumb bastards care about anyway! Now buy a ticket!"

How is it condescending if people are genuinely enjoying it and buying tickets? I hate to bring up one of my least favorite movies but if the Expendables is condescending, so is Avatar, the movie that was all about the "pretty pictures".

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