You don't go into a movie featuring Sylvester Stallone, Steve Austin, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and several other generic bags of testosterone and expect Oscar material, but you also don't expect 103 of the most misogynistic minutes since the extended cut of the Mel Gibson tapes.
Stallone's female characters are limited to ass-slappers, torture victims, rape bait, or simply objects to be dragged helpless and unresisting through gun fights. I guess to be fair, there could have been one or two mowed down by Humvees. They got off luckiest.
As writer and director, one can't help but wonder if Sylvester Stallone knows how much he hates women. Or does he think that they are redeemed because he kills their rapists extra hard? Maybe he thinks that watching Steve Austin sucker punch someone's daughter is good movie making? Water boarding women: that will sell some tickets.
Look, I understand make-believe and I understand the irony: I'm a guy who reads comic books. Comic books can be pretty demeaning to women - probably less than out-and-out porn, but definitely not as much as Teen Cosmo - still, I've never put down a (non Dave Sims) comic book and felt as insulted and angry as I felt leaving The Expendables. I'd rather we return to the bygone days of homoerotic action flicks where the women are either ignored or unnecessary instead of celebrating movies where mouth breather "heroes" use them as brainless punching bags.