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Review: The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3
08.15.2014
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PLOT: The Expendables find themselves up against another worthy opponent, only this time it's personal: a former member of the outfit is selling bombs to terrorists and laughing in the face of his old friends. In order to tackle the deadly threat, Barney Ross finds it necessary to recruit a crew of younger members to assist in taking down the arch-villain.

REVIEW: The boys - the old, old boys - are back in town for THE EXPENDABLES 3, and some of them really are getting too old for this shit. It's not that they don't acquit themselves well on the battlefield; holding a gun or punching a henchman in the kisser is still no problem for most of these senior citizens. It's the close-ups that do it; during some of the film's surprisingly numerous chatty sequences, the guys appear ready for a nap. Perhaps it's the reality that, with the third installment of almost any franchise, the freshness is inevitably gone; routine has set in. Or perhaps the gang is just pooped.

The good news, however, is that THE EXPENDABLES 3 is still schlocky, no frills fun. Keeping in step with the first two, the third installment knows what it is and what it wants to do: Present us with heroes of a bygone era who against all odds know how to kick the asses of scum who deserve ass-kickings. There's still something so reflexively entertaining about seeing a Sylvester Stallone or an Arnold Schwarzenegger fire off an impossibly large gun at an army of disposable bad guys; some may just chalk it up to nostalgia for the action flicks of yesteryear, but that doesn't make THE EXPENDABLES' eager-to-please goals any less admirable.

This time around, Barney Ross (Stallone) and his comrades are after an arms dealer who is selling deadly weapons to terrorists. That's a hell of an original idea, isn't it? These movies are not about their plots (I think THE EXPENDABLES 2 was about the exact same thing) but the men engaged by them. Naturally, Stallone has found a few new, yet familiar, faces to join the fray. Mel Gibson is quite effective as the villain, a former comrade of Ross' who has fully gone over to the dark side. Wesley Snipes, whose character is gained after the Expendables break him out of a prison train (add one or two "Wesley Snipes in prison" jokes for good measure), is terrific in his early scenes, the actor clearly relishing his return to action and chewing the scenery as an original member of the group, now off-kilter and bloodthirsty. Harrison Ford shows up, in lieu of Bruce Willis, as a CIA operative dishing out orders to Ross and company; Ford is his reliably grumpy self, not incredibly enthusiastic, but he at least seems to enjoy some of his exchanges with Stallone and Schwarzenegger. And Antonio Banderas provides a real jolt of energy as a fast-talking Spaniard eager to join Ross' team; he's kept out of the picture for the most part but enters the third act with gusto.

It's these personalities we come to see, these old dogs growling at each other and trading lame quips. Yes, the movies are somewhat clunky and rough around the edges, not unlike the stars themselves, but the spirit within is as resolute as ever.

Unfortunately, they all have glaring faults, and in this one it's the film's half-hearted attempt to bring in a teenaged crowd. Like Ross in the film, Stallone clearly feels the need to bring a youthful energy to the franchise, hence the hiring of former TWILIGHT hunk Kellan Lutz, professional boxer Victor Ortiz, up-and-comer Glen Powell and MMA hottie Ronda Rousey as young guns who Ross hires when the action gets too hot for his usual companions.The addition of the younger team proves unnecessary, as well as bewildering when you consider who they are. If Stallone is trying to appeal to a younger audience, why bring in this bunch of no names? Okay, Kellan Lutz is… Kellan Lutz, but I don't think the desired audience is barging down theater doors to see him. (See: The Legend of Hercules. Actually, don't.) The introduction of the Baby Expendables is even more askew when it turns out they spend a chunk of the movie captured, waiting for the old guard to save them. There may be an unsubtle message here about the veterans still being able to out-badass the younger generation, but it's frankly a waste of time to bother with these kids, who it must be said have very little chemistry with either the older fellows or each other.

In another effort to appeal to a broader audience, THE EXPENDABLES 3 has been rated PG-13, which is glaring. While the film contains plenty of action and bullet-riddled bodies, there's a noticeable toothlessness to the mayhem. It's not like I miss the cheesy CG blood of the first two, exactly, but it can't be denied seeing THE EXPENDABLES playing in a more family-friendly playground is going against the old-school flavor these movies are supposedly all about. The film feels especially neutered during the hand-to-hand combat scenes; as Wesley Snipes or Jason Statham go at a baddie with a six-inch blade, the fact that zero blood is shed is distractingly strange. (To be fair, an alleged director's cut is waiting in the wings.)

I am wondering if the whittling down on the gore might account for how incomprehensible some of the action sequences are, or if it's just director Patrick Hughes being out of his depth. Seeing how this is only his second feature film (after the Aussie thriller RED HILL), I wouldn't be surprised if the carnage just got away from him. A handful of fight scenes are blurs, rapidly cut but also shot erratically. Hughes values shaky close-ups of tussles, but for the audience it's just an off-putting array of swinging limbs. The director has much to learn before he tackles THE RAID remake, which figures to contain even more chaotic fight scenes; it actually wouldn't be a bad idea for him to watch and learn from that film's original director, Gareth Evans, who directs action like no other at this point.

But even if the action is not bloody and the film's attempts at being "hip" are foolhardy, THE EXPENDABLES 3 proves to be enjoyable fluff. From watching Mel Gibson actually sink his teeth into a role for the first time in years and tear apart a couple of juicy monologues, to seeing Banderas attempt to woo the team's lone female member in the middle of a deadly clash, the film exudes an atmosphere of hard-nosed enthusiasm and self-awareness. From THE EXPENDABLES 3, that's pretty much all we can ask for.

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12:54AM on 08/17/2014

Way better then...

the first 2. The first one was decent, 2nd one was just a mess this one was good for what it was. Nothing fantastic.
the first 2. The first one was decent, 2nd one was just a mess this one was good for what it was. Nothing fantastic.
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7:54PM on 08/15/2014
The Expendables 3 was good, not great, but good. It's definitely a good time at the movies.
The Expendables 3 was good, not great, but good. It's definitely a good time at the movies.
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7:53PM on 08/15/2014
I just saw it and I thought it was awesome. It may be my favorite film in the series.
I just saw it and I thought it was awesome. It may be my favorite film in the series.
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6:37PM on 08/15/2014

The Unexcusables? (worth a try)

Like the other two, it was awful. Snipes and Gibson were the best draw to this movie. I was really hoping for a massive turnaround to this franchise and ending with Gibson killing them all off.
Like the other two, it was awful. Snipes and Gibson were the best draw to this movie. I was really hoping for a massive turnaround to this franchise and ending with Gibson killing them all off.
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6:35PM on 08/15/2014
Didn't like this one at all other than the opening scene. The recruiting of the younger guys was a terrible idea.
Didn't like this one at all other than the opening scene. The recruiting of the younger guys was a terrible idea.
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3:58PM on 08/15/2014

This was just horrible. The Expendables take a backseat for the kids

This movie is 2 hours of the new kids, and 5 minutes of the Expendables. Wesley Snipes replaces Terry Crews, even though he only has the one breakout scene that last 5 minutes with everyone.

This movie wasn't Expendables, it was Expellables.
This movie is 2 hours of the new kids, and 5 minutes of the Expendables. Wesley Snipes replaces Terry Crews, even though he only has the one breakout scene that last 5 minutes with everyone.

This movie wasn't Expendables, it was Expellables.
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2:34PM on 08/15/2014

Awful movie...

...really just terrible all around.
...really just terrible all around.
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2:29PM on 08/15/2014
You lost me at the new people and no blood. What's the point of doing action when it is bloodless and edited for a wider audience?
You lost me at the new people and no blood. What's the point of doing action when it is bloodless and edited for a wider audience?
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3:59PM on 08/15/2014
The new kids take up the 2 hours of this movie. The lack of blood actually wasn't that distracting, but the new kids just suck. They were the main focus of this movie, the crew from 1 and 2 take a giant backseat, getting maybe 2-3 lines each and one big action scene at the beginning. The rest is just them doing nothing and Stallone hanging with the new kids.
The new kids take up the 2 hours of this movie. The lack of blood actually wasn't that distracting, but the new kids just suck. They were the main focus of this movie, the crew from 1 and 2 take a giant backseat, getting maybe 2-3 lines each and one big action scene at the beginning. The rest is just them doing nothing and Stallone hanging with the new kids.
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1:55PM on 08/15/2014

Lots of Fun

Saw this Last night, and i have to say i quite enjoyed it! Not to much Cheese, the no blood didn't bother me at all! Grammer's performance was quite fitting, not going to lie he wasn't out of place at all!
Only 2 things it lacked.. I wish i saw more of Caesar, i quite enjoy Terry's part in the Expendables, and more then that i could have done with a lot more of Mel.

Other then that good fun film!
Saw this Last night, and i have to say i quite enjoyed it! Not to much Cheese, the no blood didn't bother me at all! Grammer's performance was quite fitting, not going to lie he wasn't out of place at all!
Only 2 things it lacked.. I wish i saw more of Caesar, i quite enjoy Terry's part in the Expendables, and more then that i could have done with a lot more of Mel.

Other then that good fun film!
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1:24PM on 08/15/2014

So...not a word about Kelsey Grammer?

What's up with that?
What's up with that?
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1:30PM on 08/15/2014
he was cool!
he was cool!
11:42PM on 08/15/2014
He has like one and a half scenes. He's basically their consultant.
He has like one and a half scenes. He's basically their consultant.
12:35PM on 08/15/2014
I saw this last night, and I thought it was a lot of fun. The second film is my favorite, but I still had a blast with part 3. I'd give Expendables 3 a 7.5 out of 10.
I saw this last night, and I thought it was a lot of fun. The second film is my favorite, but I still had a blast with part 3. I'd give Expendables 3 a 7.5 out of 10.
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12:00PM on 08/15/2014
I thought the addition of Snipes and Bandares was genius! They were so much fun to watch and they are still in great shape! However i felt like Mel Gibson should have had more of a role in the movie, he essentially had no action scenes at all.
The movie fell apart for me when they started introducing the young crew. This seemed like it was a movie within a movie. And i hated how everyone else got much less screen time because of it (except Sly of course). Just guessing here, but i'm assuming
I thought the addition of Snipes and Bandares was genius! They were so much fun to watch and they are still in great shape! However i felt like Mel Gibson should have had more of a role in the movie, he essentially had no action scenes at all.
The movie fell apart for me when they started introducing the young crew. This seemed like it was a movie within a movie. And i hated how everyone else got much less screen time because of it (except Sly of course). Just guessing here, but i'm assuming Stallone is trying to set-up a new franchise with the younger expendables...too bad they just aren't very interesting.
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8:15AM on 08/16/2014
You mean, they succeed in saving them ? Damn, I was SO hoping they got all killed, those young pricks :-)
You mean, they succeed in saving them ? Damn, I was SO hoping they got all killed, those young pricks :-)
10:59AM on 08/15/2014
I gave it a 5 out of 10, and gave The Expendables 2 a 7 out of 10. And believe me, I'm a little bummed that I gave this the same score that I gave to Transformers 4 and TMNT. To me, the problem is not with the PG-13 rating at all. The addition of the "Young Expendables" really hurts this one. anytime they are onscreen, I was counting the minutes to when the actual Expendables you know, the guys we came to see would return. Even without Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and Victor
I gave it a 5 out of 10, and gave The Expendables 2 a 7 out of 10. And believe me, I'm a little bummed that I gave this the same score that I gave to Transformers 4 and TMNT. To me, the problem is not with the PG-13 rating at all. The addition of the "Young Expendables" really hurts this one. anytime they are onscreen, I was counting the minutes to when the actual Expendables you know, the guys we came to see would return. Even without Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell and Victor Ortiz, the roster is already pretty crowded. Also, the "Smurfette Principle" is in play again - only one girl in the whole crew, and that girl is Ronda Rousey? Sure she's a badass UFC fighter, but what about the actual female action stars of the 80s like Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Yeoh? Mel Gibson went all Mad Mel but even then, he couldn't match the villainous performance of Van Damme. I did really love any time Harrison Ford was on screen, though.
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12:26PM on 08/15/2014
i have to agree with you. The pg didn't help, but it wasn't the main thing. Again, when the young guys were on screen it was like - WHO CARES I came to see the expendables!
Also JCVD was the best ever - but I have to say Mel was pretty damn cool.
its not a total loss or anything, but I would say 6/10.
i have to agree with you. The pg didn't help, but it wasn't the main thing. Again, when the young guys were on screen it was like - WHO CARES I came to see the expendables!
Also JCVD was the best ever - but I have to say Mel was pretty damn cool.
its not a total loss or anything, but I would say 6/10.
7:52PM on 08/15/2014
If you could cast the "young expendables" team, who would you choose? I was trying to think ab that
If you could cast the "young expendables" team, who would you choose? I was trying to think ab that
11:41PM on 08/15/2014
Thanks j-man. Bealzf, I think I wouldn't have any Young Expendables at all, but that is an interesting thought. These guys were just so bland. If I had to pick, I'd have Zachary Quinto, Robbie Amell, Harry Shum Jr., DJ Cotrona, maybe even Shailene Woodley as a GI Jane type.
Thanks j-man. Bealzf, I think I wouldn't have any Young Expendables at all, but that is an interesting thought. These guys were just so bland. If I had to pick, I'd have Zachary Quinto, Robbie Amell, Harry Shum Jr., DJ Cotrona, maybe even Shailene Woodley as a GI Jane type.
10:57AM on 08/15/2014
I'd give this 7/10 as well. The third act really kicks things up a huge notch. Still, the main star of the movie is Mel Gibson. He's a much better villain than Van Damme from Expendables 2.
I'd give this 7/10 as well. The third act really kicks things up a huge notch. Still, the main star of the movie is Mel Gibson. He's a much better villain than Van Damme from Expendables 2.
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11:28AM on 08/15/2014
I disagree about Gibson. It's strange, all the elements for him to be a memorable, awesome baddie were there and Gibson himself can't be faulted for his performance, but it didn't come together and I can't put my finger on it. It's not that he wasn't threatening or cool or didn't look like he could go up against Stallone, but somewhere between the writing and direction, I think the potential for Conrad Stonebanks to be a great movie villain was lost.
I disagree about Gibson. It's strange, all the elements for him to be a memorable, awesome baddie were there and Gibson himself can't be faulted for his performance, but it didn't come together and I can't put my finger on it. It's not that he wasn't threatening or cool or didn't look like he could go up against Stallone, but somewhere between the writing and direction, I think the potential for Conrad Stonebanks to be a great movie villain was lost.
11:45AM on 08/15/2014
***SPOILER ALERT*** ***SPOILER ALERT***
I notice something missing too. I think it has to do with the 2nd act where we see Sly with the new recruits on their mission which, to me, deviates from the purpose of The Expendables movie. At least Gibson is still good with hand-to-hand combat.
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I notice something missing too. I think it has to do with the 2nd act where we see Sly with the new recruits on their mission which, to me, deviates from the purpose of The Expendables movie. At least Gibson is still good with hand-to-hand combat.
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10:54AM on 08/15/2014
I'm seeing this tonight, I'm really excited about it!
I'm seeing this tonight, I'm really excited about it!
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10:47AM on 08/15/2014
I get the feeling that I'll get a kick out of it while I watch it. Then the dust will settle and I'll realise it's actually quite bad. That's how I experienced the others. I wish they could take a step back and realise they could still have fun writing something worthy of the people they have managed to assemble. Of course I should not judge until I've seen it. It's hardly comparable but one of my favourite ensamble cast movie has to be The Departed. Great actors, great roles for them to
I get the feeling that I'll get a kick out of it while I watch it. Then the dust will settle and I'll realise it's actually quite bad. That's how I experienced the others. I wish they could take a step back and realise they could still have fun writing something worthy of the people they have managed to assemble. Of course I should not judge until I've seen it. It's hardly comparable but one of my favourite ensamble cast movie has to be The Departed. Great actors, great roles for them to play. Oh and True Romance! Oh and........
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10:43AM on 08/15/2014
Considering that the first two Expendables satisfied my bloodlust to the same, underwhelming degree that Stallone's kinda-gonzo 'John Rambo' did, a PG-13 version doesn't sound too horrible. None of these guys are great at cursing anyway and the blood-less-nes is superfluous given its cartoon-come-to-life fantasy-nature anyway.
Considering that the first two Expendables satisfied my bloodlust to the same, underwhelming degree that Stallone's kinda-gonzo 'John Rambo' did, a PG-13 version doesn't sound too horrible. None of these guys are great at cursing anyway and the blood-less-nes is superfluous given its cartoon-come-to-life fantasy-nature anyway.
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