Release Date: February 1
Director: Walter Hill
The Expendables films have managed to rebuild the playground of the old-school, no-nonsense action hero and the centerpiece star, Sylvester Stallone is back with a new potential franchise in this hybrid between revenge movie and buddy cop comedy.
What We Know:
Stallone plays Jimmy Bobo, a longtime hitman that's being pressured by his daughter (Sarah Shahi) to get out of the business while he's still intact. Unfortunately, his retirement will have to wait when his partner is murdered by a ruthless kingpin named Keegan (Jason Mamoa.)
Like any old-school alpha male that avoids skim milk and doesn't take crap from anyone, Jimmy goes on a quest for vengeance that will lead to this contract killer partnering-up with the most unlikely of allies: A cop!
Proving the old adage that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," NYPD detective, Taylor Kwon (Sung Kang) is also jonesing for a piece of Keegan after similarly losing his partner. Together, they go on a two-man spree of slaughter and prove that "nothing is over" until a lot of stuff blows up and the bad guy is beaten, bloodied, and killed.
Also filling out the cast are Christian Slater, Holt McCallany, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
What We Expect:
The mindless, unapologetic action we have come to expect from Sly should be in abundance for this film. However, the formula is actually rather unique. In essence, it appears to be a take on the Rush Hour style buddy film that's much darker in tone. The humorous chemistry with co-star, Sung Kang's more straight-laced, by-the-book character is clearly there, but it seems to come packaged in an R-rated ravaging romp of violence that's hardly conducive to family viewing.
Stallone, looking exceptionally jacked for a 66 year-old is, much like Arnold in The Last Stand, settling into the role of the elder action star protagonist, grumbling about the perils of aging while snapping enemy necks. In another sign of the times, his gorgeous leading lady, Sarah Shahi is not playing a potential romantic interest, but is instead his character's daughter. (Although if he did romance her, it would certainly generate headlines for the film.)
Additionally, the ship has a steady and tested captain with veteran director, Walter Hill, whose body of work includes action classics like The Warriors, 48 Hours (THE original buddy cop film), Red Heat (another important buddy classic,) not to mention producer credits on all the Alien films.
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