The Expendables 3
Director: Patrick Hughes
Writer: Sylvester Stallone, Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt
Sequel to: The Expendables, The Expendables 2
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Kelsey Grammer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and the rest of his crew (Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Jet Li) have just freed former Expendable Doc (Wesley Snipes) from prison and are headed to Somalia now to take down an arms dealer. Said arms dealer – Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) – turns out to be another former Expendable, a founding member in fact. The fight quickly turns extremely personal and Barney, worried that they are all too old for the job, decides to find younger fighters to get rid of Stonebanks once and for all.
It might have been the overexposure because of the triple feature (I doubt it) but Expendables 3 didn’t blow me away. It wasn’t as funny as the second one and the host of new characters the throw at you is seriously displaced.
If they had stuck to the old guys in the film, it might have been more fun. But instead they have this entire plotline of Barney replacing his team with young talent – which was boring as fuck to begin with and did nothing for the story at all. The young people remain cardboard cutouts and honestly, I do not watch The Expendables to see young people I have never heard of, I watch it to see old action farts making fun of themselves.
And the only one who manages that is Antonio Banderas. He was the only thing that was honestly funny about the film, plus he played the only character with a clear motivation to do anything in the film.
Other than that the film was boring a lot, and cringeworthy most of the rest of the time. Again the replace a poc with another poc – this time Terry Crews gets conveniently knocked out in the first 20 minutes to make room for Wesley Snipes (because who ever heard of two black guys on the same team?). The plot was confusing and confused.
There were those moments were the film briefly showed what it could have been. Like when they nonchalantly explode the helicopter (apparently it’s for single use only). But there are too many gunfights and too little choreographed hand-to-hand fighting, making the film loud, obnoxious and boring.