MOVIE REVIEW: The Expendables 3

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The Expendables 3 is the latest action flick in the Expendables series starring a plethora of former big action movie stars.  Almost every big action star from the 1980’s and 1990’s is in this movie from Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and even Mel Gibson.  This movie also brings in a new group of Expendables played by Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, and Victor Ortiz.  The movie is directed by Patrick Hughes who is fairly new to the directing game.  Stallone was looking for “new blood” to direct this third installment.

The movie picks up where Ross (Stallone), Christmas (Statham), Jensen (Lundgren), and Toll Road (Couture) are attempting to break Doctor Death (Snipes), one of the original Expendables, out of a jail cell on a moving train.  Now that the team is all back together, their latest assignment is to intercept a shipment of bombs in Somalia and take down the head of this dangerous operation.  Come to find out that the man behind the explosives is former co-founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who was thought to be dead for years.  After the mission goes awry, Ross splits from the team and goes on to recruit a new team of young Expendables in an effort to take down Stonebanks once and for all.  This new team gets captured on their mission, and now it is up to the original Expendables to come together one more time and finish the job.

About an hour and a half into the movie, Stallone says to the Statham “What do you think?”, Statham’s response: “I think we should just get this over with.”.  That was exactly my sentiment throughout the entire movie, let’s just get this thing over with.  The Expendables 3 brings absolutely nothing new to the table and is so outrageously unbelievable that it was a chore sitting through the entire thing.  Granted, I didn’t expect it to be great or even good going in, but the end result was even worse than I expected.  It seems that Stallone is trying to master the art of scowling, because the majority of his acting came in the form of lifting his upper lip.  I’d like to think that he can do better than this, and really all of the on-screen performances were really bad with maybe Antonio Banderas being the exception.  Let’s hope that is the last time that we have to sit through another Expendables movie, but if it makes dollars at the box office, I’m sure we’ll hearing about The Expendables 4 before we know it.  Overall, I guess I got what I expected, which was a bad movie and two hours of my life that I’ll never get back.

Grade:  D

The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on Friday, August 15.

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