Leave it to Sylvester Stallone to freshen up a familiar premise, something he does quite successfully in this hugely brawny adventure that he also directed and co-wrote. He plays the leader of a mercenary squad enlisted to put a South American dictator out of action ... but when the troubleshooters see things aren't exactly as they were told, they proceed their own way.
A highlight of the movie is a brief summit between Stallone and two other action icons, Bruce Willis and (in a break from his other role in politics) Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jet Li, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and Charisma Carpenter also star. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; "making-of" documentary; audio commentary by Stallone; deleted scenes; outtakes; TV ads. *** (R: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun