Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Expendables 3

Releases August 15th, 2014
2 hrs 7 mins
Rated PG-13


Director: Patrick Hughes


Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross
Jason Statham as Lee Christmas
Antonio Banderas as Galgo
Jet Li as Yin Yang
Wesley Snipes as Doctor Death
Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen
Kelsey Grammer as Bonaparte
Randy Couture as Toll Road
Terry Crews as Hale Caesar
Kellan Lutz as John Smilee
Ronda Rousey as Luna
Glen Powell as Thorn
Victor Ortiz as Mars
Robert Davi as Goran Vata
Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks
Harrison Ford as Max Drummer
Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench Mauser

Review by Stephen M.

It's quite unfortunate that a DVD quality of Expendables 3 were leaked on the internet.  But with these type of action films, it's always better to watch on the big screen.  The big question then becomes is Expendables worth your hard earned money or should you wait for it on Netflix?  The film, while action packed with a star studded roster, lacks the realism, with less casualties than a 1980s G.I. Joe cartoon episode.  Even Mel Gibon's character Conrad Stonebanks, the ex-Expendables, and the primary antagonist of the film complains "how hard is it to kill 10 men?  You think you can just wound a couple?"

The line right there is exactly what this film is full of and that's humor and action.  Those are pretty good elements to have to keep you entertained.  If it wasn't for the fact that it starts to get repetitive.  Stallone tries to mix it up this time around by infusing new blood into the story line when Barney disbands his elderly group including the newly added Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes).  The new recruits come courtesy of yet another new face to the franchise Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammar).   This is of course after Bruce Willis asked for more money and got shown the door.

The new guys, led by John Smilee (Kellan Lutz) and Luna (Ronda Rousey), lacks the charisma that the old gang has especially the cheerful bond that Statham and Stallone shares.  With a cast so big, there's little time for extended back story for the new bunch, which hinders our bonding with the new characters.  Antonio Banderas the newest old fellow to join the Expendables get the most extended time, playing Galgo.  His nonstop fast talking character with a zeal for his profession will have you laughing but then mostly annoyed as much as the rest of the Expendables to his character.

I thoroughly enjoyed Mel Gibson as the villain in this movie.  He is such a huge improvement over the limited acting abilities of Jean-Claude Van Damme.  As obligatory, we get a nice little final battle between Mel Gibson and Stallone and an amazing explosion scene afterwards.  The ending scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li's characters is more awkward than funny.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and would recommend watching it on the big screen.  These type of films especially the huge battle at the end makes it mandatory.  It's an improvement over the second film in my opinion but still pales to the first.  With Stallone's inventory of 1980's action heroes starting to run out it'll be interesting to see who's next for Expendables 4.  Hulk Hogan is said to be already confirmed.  Who's on your wish list?


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