The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3
The Expendables 3
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Rating : 6.1 out of 10
Length: 126 minutes
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
Genre: Action/Adventure/Thriller


OVERVIEW – The Expendables 3

“The Expendables 3” is actually kind of brilliant in an uninteresting, unentertaining way. We’ve been cruel to Stallone and Schwarzenegger over the past couple of films, mostly ignoring “The Last Stand”, “Bullet to the Head”, and “Escape Plan” because we think the guys are over the hill now. I’d say not so, but the box office results say otherwise. Now here is “The Expendables”, which for three films has been a place for geriatric action heroes to laugh about old times as well as secure a legacy. But it also shows how much these guys can still brighten up an action movie, and how much we still need them.

Who cares about plot? We have Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crewes. Schwarzenegger and Jet Li come in a bit later. Harrison Ford takes over for Bruce Willis as Barney’s (Stallone) CIA handler. Wesley Snipes joins the team and has a few wisecracks and a tax evasion joke. It’s all wisecracks and nostalgic joking around followed by guns, explosions, car chases, fights and all forms of crazy stunts. That this is the first PG-13 “Expendable” film affects it somewhat, it’s not nearly as brutal, but director Patrick Hughes covers the mayhem well.

Mel Gibson is also on hand as the villain Stonebanks, an arms dealer who Barney has a past with. Gibson seethes life into the character but I wish he was given a chance to poke fun at his own personal mistakes more. Anyway, an ambush leads to one of Barney’s men getting fatally wounded which leads to him wanting a younger crew for some reason. Soon the likes of Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell (whoever that is), and, worst of all, Kellan Lutz become Barney’s new team and it turns the middle of the film into a jokeless, personality-less slog. You count the seconds til the “good old boys” come back.

And thank God they do, complete with a very funny Antonio Banderas talking a mile a minute as a trained killer who really, really needs a job. Will this stuff please everybody? No. But that still doesn’t change the fact that these movies are long on personalities or that we still love the personalities on display. These guys are the original kings of this genre and today it really has been a huge problem finding anyone who could ever take their place at the big boy table (The Rock is the only that comes close) and if Stallone wants to make more of these movies, I say long may they still reign.

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