The Expendables 3
Years ago, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) co-founded the Expendables with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) ]. After Stonebanks became an arms dealer, Ross was forced to kill him -- or so he thought. Now, Stonebanks is back and he's on a mission to end the Expendables. Ross decides that the way to fight old blood is with new blood, so he assembles a team of younger, faster, more tech-savvy recruits. The battle to topple Stonebanks becomes a clash of old-school methods vs. high-tech expertise.
Release Date: August 15, 2014
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There are many ways to keep yourself entertained while watching "The Expendables 3" (Lionsgate). For instance, counting the wrinkles on the face of Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), the good guy-turned-war-criminal, during one of his many rants. Or marking off the minutes until Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) bellows, "We must get to the choppah!" Eventually, the only remaining entertainment factor is to marvel at how director Patrick Hughes and screenwriters Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt keep this second sequel's shoot-'em-up formula, which harkens back to the 1980s, from crashing resoundingly onto the shores of ennui... See Full ReviewAugust 19th, 2014 · Details
Running gags about who is best with a knife, Christmas (Jason Statham) or Doc (Snipes), or Drummer (Ford) griping that he can’t understand the Brit Christmas’s accent, Dolph Lundgren moments, Terry Crews gags, Jet Li jokes — none of it adds up to much. three Until Banderas pops back up — fighter, parkour stunt jumper, flirt — he has the best lines and he makes the most of them. “I am the BRIDEgroom…of DEATH!” But it’s not really scene-stealing when everybody else just shrugs and takes their label, “expendable” so literally... See Full Review
Who cares if it makes sense? We’re here for the stunts and explosions and they are fine. It’s the winks to the camera and the manly quips that are hard to take. Note to the hard-core fans of hard core, however: while the first two films were rated R, this one is PG-13. Which means, basically, just one f-word and less blood... See Full Review
Unfortunately wielding this massive cast of new and old characters through one explosive encounter after another leaves very little time for any character development. Added to that are a highly predictable plot, stilted dialogue and frequent close-ups of characters staring into the camera. While Antonio Banderas plays the comic relief, in the form of a Spanish assassin named Galgo, even his incessant chatter feels overdone by the third act... See Full Review
The stars in EXPENDABLES 3 are at the top of their game, and the story and action are compelling. However, the foul language, gunplay and fighting may influence younger or susceptible viewers. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE EXPENDABLES 3. This isn’t a movie for children... See Full Review
The film never stops. It never breathes. It never wants anything other than one more exhilarating slam-crash-pow. Of course, for some moviegoers a rebuke like that will actually be seen as something of a thumbs up. Or as the reviewer from flickfilosopher.com put it: "In the vast conspiracy of stupidity that has overtaken pop culture, the disparagement of a movie like The Expendables 3 by a film critic becomes an endorsement of a sad, twisted sort." So if you have friends who might resemble that remark, you can keep this review to yourself. Just tell them Plugged In gave the PG-13 variation on The Expendables excursion a 1.5 (out of 5) rating and walk away... See Full Review
“Expendables 3” is 120-plus minutes of your old favorites shooting the bad guys, blowing stuff up, and saying funny things. If you go in expecting anything else, you’re going to the wrong movie... See Full Review
The Expendables 3 is as boneheaded and disposable as it sounds. Despite its star wattage, it might be the most dismal movie of the year... See Full Review