The Expendables 3

"Good"

The Expendables 3 Review


Striking a tone somewhere between the po-faced original and the silly Part 2, this rampaging action nonsense is badly overcrowded and chaotic, but there's plenty of comedy and whizzy stuntwork to keep the audience entertained. It of course helps a lot that the film is packed to the rafters with iconic actors and lively newcomers. And their sassy dialogue helps make up for the idiotic plot.

It opens with a prison break, as Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his team (Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Terry Crews) rescue their old cohort Doc (Wesley Snipes) then head off on a mysterious mission that turns out to involve their presumed-dead nemesis Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who is targeting Barney's team. So Barney and his pal Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) set about finding four new commandoes (Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and Victor Ortiz) to take on Stonebanks, but of course nothing goes as plan. For the final face-off they're joined by the old team, CIA boss Drummer (Harrison Ford), former colleagues Trench and Yin (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li), and chatty newcomer Galgo (Antonio Banderas).

The ever-increasing cast means that some characters can't help but be pushed into the shadows (Crews and Li are barely in this film), while others hover around the edges of scenes injecting moments of sarcastic wit. Each of the characters gets his or her moment of eye-popping action, as the film lurches from set-piece to set-piece in a whirl of bombs, bullets and blades. All of this is fun because the actors are gleefully refusing to take any of this seriously. The scene-stealers this time are Gibson, terrific as the swaggering villain, and Banderas, who's hilarious as the only person who can string a sentence together.

The film's simplistic morality dictates that none of the Expendables will meet their maker; instead, anyone who dares to confront them must die, which in this case means hundreds of faceless soldiers whose violent deaths are treated as meaningless (and edited cynically to get a PG-13/12A rating that lets kids watch). But the action is so nonstop that it doesn't allow much time to think about these things, or to ponder the gaping holes in the plot. No, this is a movie that asks its audience to sit back and enjoy the carnage, gasp the insane stunts and admire the clunky digital effects that allow the ageing cast to indulge in so much physical mayhem. Not to mention the plastic surgery that almost makes them look like they belong in the middle of the fray instead of at home playing with their grandkids.



The Expendables 3

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 126 mins

In Theaters: Friday 15th August 2014

Box Office USA: $39.3M

Box Office Worldwide: $204M

Budget: $90M

Distributed by: Lionsgate Pictures

Production compaines: Millennium Films, Nu Image / Millennium Films, Davis-Films, Nu Image Films, Ex3 Productions, Fipex Holding, LionsGate

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Fresh: 49 Rotten: 102

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Patrick Hughes

Producer: , , Kevin King Templeton, ,

Starring: as Barney Ross, as Lee Christmas, as Hale Caesar, as Toll Road, as Galgo, as Yin Yang, as Doc, as Gunnar Jensen, Glen Powell as Thorn, as Conrad Stonebanks, as Max Drummer, as Trench, as John Smilee, as Bonaparte, as Vata, as Luna, as Mars, Velizar Binev as Art Broker, as Camilla

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