I really don't think anyone needs to actually see a trailer to know whether or not they want to see The Expendables. All you need to know is that it's directed by Sylvester Stallone and stars, in addition to Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Steve Austin, Randy Coutre, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is the rare type of movie that is defined outright by its cast. There's no possibility that this is a courtroom drama or a romantic comedy; with a roster like that, The Expendables promises to be, without fail, an action movie orgy.
The only remaining question is whether or not an action movie orgy is going to be as enjoyable as it sounds. Having now seen the first theatrical trailer (a few roughly cut clips and low-quality sales trailers slipped online last year), I'm actually starting to think it could rise above its the-cast-is-the-selling-point roots. There have been a number of attempts to make throwback films to the late '80s and early '90s actioners, but few actually capture the grungy camaraderie that made the films of that era staples in mancaves the world over.
With this new look at Stallone's latest throwback, I'm leaning toward thinking one needs to have been defined by that period to actually make films that look and sound (I love to hate the return of songs that feature a film's title) like they could have fallen out of wormhole reaching back to a Blockbuster shelf 15 years ago. And I mean that as a total compliment.
Check out The Expendables, which Lionsgate is opening on August 13th, trailer below and then head over to Yahoo to find it in your HD size of choice.