Friday, August 20, 2010

The Expendables

A buddy and I went to see The Expendables yesterday. It’s the new Sylvester Stallone movie that opens with cameo appearances by Bruce Willis and Arnold Shwartzenegger. The wonderful hook of the movie is that all the other co-stars were action stars from the 80s and 90s; Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolf Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. Eric Roberts makes a reasonably good bad guy.

The Expendables is definitely a guy flick with tons of violence, stuff blowing up, a couple of car chases, a really high body count and a guy-does-all-this-for-the-girl undercurrent.

As a big fan of the Rocky and Rambo movies (and the action movies made by all the other guys) I was a little dismayed to see how much Stallone has aged. But then, we all have.

I was delighted, though, to see them still at it. One more shot at doing what they love.

Life’s like that. If you don’t keep at it, if end up on the sidelines, for whatever reason, that’s where you stay. And lots of things can put you on the sidelines; age, lack of skills, the folks you care about decide they don’t care anymore, lack of motivation, a health situation.

If you are going to live, and “live” in this case is an active verb, you have to make the decision to step back into life and start trying again with whatever tools, skills, focus you have.

Some of the guys in The Expendables looked a little worse-for-wear even with Hollywood’s cosmetic magic. But all of them, even the ones who aren’t Oscar winners as actors, looked like they were having the times of their lives.

The weekend is here. There is no better time to have the time of your life than on the weekend.

Grab a friend and check out The Expendables. Grab some life! Have a great weekend.

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