The Expendables 3

Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.

More nonsense from Stallone and co, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Chances are if you’ve seen the first 2 Expendables films, you’ll go and see this, and chances are you’ll like it. The opposite is true if you haven’t. The films have never been the great pastiches of the 80’s action films they attempt to emulate, but for the most part they’re good fun and its enjoyable seeing some of these old actors jumping about ridiculously again. To an extent that becomes a problem as the cast is as overblown as ever in this film, with attempts to add younger cast members clearly not working for the second film in a row. I’m paying to see Arnie, Sly, Lundgren and newcomer Snipes run about like they’re 25 again, not woeful nobodies like Kellan Lutz stealing screentime.

The third film is more of a kin with the second film in that it doesn’t take itself as seriously as the first perhaps did, and there’s plenty of opportunities to throw in cheesy Arnie lines to get a laugh. Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas are the main cast additions from the last film, with Snipes providing the most enjoyment and Banderas toeing the line between funny and annoying throughout. Gibson makes a good bad guy, but he’s not given enough to do as the filmmakers try to juggle everyone’s screentime, often without the greatest results.

The plot itself is fairly nonsensical, but in a film such as this it’s secondary to the cast and the cheesy dialogue – it’s fun enough seeing Stallone jumping off a blown up building like Usain Bolt without caring why its blowing up (the camera being sped up to make it look like Stallone was sprinting was hilarious at this point!). These films aren’t going to change the world, and they’re nowhere near as good as the classic action movies they use as a jumping off point, but they’re a fun enough way to spend 2 hours at the cinema with some creaking old action stars doing what they do best.

Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Patrick Hughes

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger

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