The Expendables face off against a rogue Expendable
turned arms dealer who is hell bent on wiping them out.
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Directed by Patrick Hughes
Written by Sylvester Stallone,
Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Randy Couture, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey,
Kellan Lutz, Jet Li
Sequel to 2012's The Expendables 2
I was very disappointed by this one. The third installment is usually the big hurrah for the series, but this franchise clearly peaked at part 2. In a franchise built around an R rating, never shift to a PG-13. All it does is disappoint most of your audience, considering the young viewers the rating was chosen for are probably not lining up to see a bunch of 80's action stars.
The film did have its moments. Mel Gibson actually delivered a solid performance as Conrad Stonebanks, the film's villain. What I didn't like was the new blood, who seemed to get more face time than the actual team. The Expendables 3 lacked the camp and charm that its predecessors had, making this film a real bummer.
I have to admit, I was very disappointed by this installment in the Expendables franchise. While the first two were fun action movies that celebrated the 80's classics and the actors, this one seemed to take all that away. It features significantly less humor and spends an inordinate amount of time on the younger cast. Also, keep your R rated franchise that way, don't make the third film PG-13 to appeal to the masses.
I will agree that the film had its moments. The action, as usual, was great and a blast to watch. You just have to live without the bloodshed of the previous two movies. The older actors also appear to be having a lot of fun. Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas are both great in their roles and are a constant joy to watch. Wesley Snipes also gave a spirited performance as an old Expendable sent to jail for tax evasion. Mel Gibson delivered a great performance as Stonebanks, the villain of the movie. As for the new blood, I could have lived without them.
The Expendables 3 is a movie that seems to forget what made the first two so enjoyable. It was a celebration of classic action films and stars getting together to show they're not down for the count yet. Unfortunately, the third film seems to forget that and becomes a massive missed opportunity.