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Move Over, ‘The Expendables 2,’ ‘Soldiers of Fortune’ Features Action Actors Who Are Truly Expendable

Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming all-star action extravaganza The Expendables 2 is currently in the midst of a mass scale marketing blitz that recently motored on with the release of its final official poster over at Yahoo! Movies (check out a larger version after the break).

Just look at all those big names standing next to each other and try to tell me that it doesn’t get you excited for the possibility of seeing them kick ass on the same screen. These guys are the biggest badasses in movie history, without question, and just the idea of seeing JCVD finally going toe-to-toe with Chuck Norris is enough to make one salivate. But what’s with the name of this franchise? The Expendables? Hardly. These rich old men are anything but, as their films have basically made all the money the action genre has brought in over the last three decades. To paint them as some sort of rag-tag team of underdogs is just downright disingenuous.

If rooting for the little guy is your cup of tea, however, then boy do I have an appealing B-team of action badasses for you. Meet the Soldiers of Fortune:

For years fans of actors who never get the lead part have been clamoring for names like Slater, Bean, Monaghan, Rhames, and Cromwell to finally get together and play a not-so-elite squad of weekend warriors who don’t really seem like they could beat all that much ass – and finally that day has come.

Soldiers of Fortune tells the tale of a bunch of rich guys who get together to play army and get in over their heads when a real threat pops up. Suddenly it becomes up to them to rise to the occasion and save the day. It’s just like The Expendables, but without all of those annoying movie stars and all of those stupid big budget action set pieces. Basically it’s In the Army Now, but without the jokes. Mark it on your calendars now because, according to the promotional materials, this tent pole release is going to be coming your way… uh…2012?

[I Watch Stuff, IGN]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at templeofreviews.com

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