‘The Expendables’ Hostages Featurette

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 am,

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The countdown to the release of this summer’s male action star brawl, The Expendables, kicks into gear this week with the release of the first of five featurettes that provide a look at the flick’s raw and bloody action scenes.

Here’s a more detailed, official description of the mercenary crew known as The Expendables:

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose.  Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringes.  His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors.  His is a true cynic who describe what he does as “removing those hard to get at stains.”

The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet LI), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.

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This “Hostages” video details one of the first missions we’ll get to see The Expendables undertake in the film and offers a look at the sequence from both behind and in front of the camera.  Stallone’s stiff introductory speech aside, this is actually a pretty decent featurette that actually shows more than just a lot of talking heads praising their work on the film – don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of that too. 😉

You can check out the featurette below (NOTE: There is one bit of graphic, R-Rated footage from the film on display so definitely consider this NSFW):

I do admire Stallone’s willingness to work with practical effects and film in real-life locations. The polished look of digital effects just wouldn’t fit the gritty atmosphere he seems to be aiming for with The Expendables.  While I think it fair to say that the movie won’t exactly be an exercise in intellectually-stimulating cinematic fare, it will hopefully be good tough guy fun.

What do you think?  Does this featurette make you all the more excited to see The Expendables?  Do you prefer Stallone’s more down and dirty approach to filmmaking?  Let us know in the comments section below.

The Expendables arrives in theaters in the U.S. on August 13th, 2010.

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  1. UH OH! Anybody else hear Sly in there yelling “Yeah! Yeah! Shaky Cam! Just like that!”

    The dreaded Shaky Cam!

    And what is Harry Knowles doing up in there? LOL!

    • Yeah, hearing Sly yell “Shaky Cam! Just like that!” after listening to his crew praise him as a great, experienced filmmaker was good for the lols.

      It’s a good question though – what IS Harry Knowles doing there? Was he stalking the film crew at the time so the cameraman figured he’d ask him for an interview?

  2. Yeah i like the down and dirty approach compared to all of this cgi and set locations you see nowadays

  3. its old schoool filmmaking that i prefer

  4. Sly is proving himself in this late career resurgence.
    He showed he was more than a capable action director with Rambo and this looks like it shares the aesthetic. Shaky-cam is not a cop out when it comes to shooting visceral action scenes. It’s used to convey movement and agitation. What? You want sweeping vistas and a lingering panoramas during a hostage scene?
    Anyway, I’m hoping this film delivers some ‘heart’ amongst all the ass-kicking though. Sly’s best films always say something real about the human condition. I hope he hasn’t held the story hostage to pure testosterone.

  5. Haven’t any of you guys seen Rambo 4? There’s shaky cam in that too.

    • shaky cam isn’t always bad, sly knows what he’s doing with that ‘technique’ (see rambo 4).
      this movie will probably be the best movie released this yr.

      btw wtf is that fat guy with the axe beard… he doesn’t look human… or animal… seriously guys wtf is he ?

      • wtf did my post come up here ?

  6. Shaky cam, like anything else, can work if used wisely and conservatively – or can create a friggin headache if it’s abused.

    The absolute worst case of it being abused is Greengrass’s two Bourne sequels. Horrible.

    It did however work out ok in the last Rambo movie, but he still could have cut back on it a little bit.

    • smart filmmakers know when it works best, others, just use it for the gimmick factor