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Explosive EXPENDABLES 3

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 Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna) and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

foreground from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Arnold Schwarzenneger (Trench), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Sly Stallone (Barney Ross) and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) background from left: Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna) and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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The extraction point is the top of a building that’s about to explode. The Expendables have to get on a helicopter to avoid the oncoming army. Smilee (Kellan Lutz) is on a motorcycle wreaking havoc on tanks. How does he get on a roof without an elevator? He sees an incline right beside the abandoned building. He goes 250kph and ramps the bike off it. The bike is literally up about a hundred feet in the air for a few seconds, he jumps away from it and hangs off from a ledge on one of the top floors of the building. Two floors below him, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) is running for his life and narrowly escapes a blast from a tank. Barney turns a corner and now faces a dozen armed soldiers waiting for him.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee) on motorcycle. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee) on motorcycle. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

After two huge action packed installments in Expendables 1 & 2, it’s hard to believe but the 3rd one is actually an even bigger film. Known for getting the biggest action stars of the past few decades: Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren are at it again. In this installment they are joined by Wesley Snipes of BLADE fame. Missing in this sequel are Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.

 Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Glenn Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Harrison Ford (Drummer), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stalllone (Barney Ross), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Jet Li (Yin Yang) and seated Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

From left: Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Glenn Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Harrison Ford (Drummer), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stalllone (Barney Ross), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Jet Li (Yin Yang) and seated Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) will be the T-800 again in TERMINATOR GENISYS set to be released in 2015. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) will be the T-800 again in TERMINATOR GENISYS set to be released in 2015. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

After quoting “I’ll be back” in EXPENDABLES 2, Arnold as Trench repeats his old lines, “Get to the chopper” from PREDATOR and “I lied” from COMMANDO. Arnold is reprising his most famous role as the T-800 in TERMINATOR GENISYS set for release in 2015. Emilia Clarke more popularly known as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES plays the pivotal Sarah Connor role.

 Drummer and Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Drummer and Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Harrison Ford as Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

One of the biggest names in Hollywood replaces Bruce Willis as CIA control that hires Barney: Harrison Ford. And unlike Willis’ character Church he also gets in on the action pretty quick. Harrison Ford made his career kicking ass IN SPACE as Han Solo, in the original religion starting STAR WARS. While Barney brags about piloting an airplane, try flying the Millennium Falcon. After INDIANA JONES where Ford fought the Nazis, he became the president of the United States in AIR FORCE ONE fighting hand to hand against terrorists. Ford is not just the last name of the biggest star here but also the vehicle of choice for Barney: Ford’s SVT Raptor.

Glenn Powell as Thorn uses the Canon EOS 5D mark III to survey the enemy. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Glenn Powell as Thorn uses the Canon EOS 5D mark III to survey the enemy. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross who rides the Ford Raptor SVT in this film. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross who rides the Ford Raptor SVT in this film. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mad Mel Gibson is a fantastic bad guy. Jean-Claude Van Damme was the previous bad guy in 2 following Eric Roberts in the original. After Mel’s recent run in with the law and his lunatic recorded threats and rants from real life, casting him as weapons dealer who has committed crimes against humanity is perfect. Whether or not you love Mel Gibson from the Lethal Weapon series or despise him for his racist, alcoholic stupor, you’re going to want to have to see him in EXPENDABLES 3. In light of everything that’s happened, he’s become this figure you’d love to hate.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Truthfully, performance wise, story wise Mad Mel is the one that gives this film a real edge. As a viewer you can’t wait for that scene when Rocky gets to lay his hands on him and vice versa. Their rivalry and hatred is something that just has to be released and seen through a fight.

Barney Ross and Trench. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Barney Ross and Trench. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Blonde bombshell Ronda Rousey joins the Expendables ranks as Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Blonde bombshell Ronda Rousey joins the Expendables ranks as Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The stars aren’t the only reason this movie levels up. The earnings for each installment has increased and by now they have the money to blow up a real building. The Expendables get to do battle against a dozen tanks. They chose to have the setting in a fictional country called AZMANISTAN, yeah where all the badass people live. The backdrop is actually in Bulgaria, where a lot of Soviet weapons and arms were left over. So producers were able to take advantage the old buildings and even the manpower.

Dozens of tanks attack the Expendables. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Dozens of tanks attack the Expendables. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer toast their casting. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer toast their casting. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

More than the previous sequels, this film also acknowledges that the Expendables are getting on with age. So Sly decides to recruit a younger team. Kelsey Grammer is in the role of Bonaparte recruiting a skillful but somewhat suicidal crew to go after the dreaded Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Kelsey leaves his famous TV persona FRASIER for this film.

Glenn Powell turns into a fan and shoots Ronda Rousey with his i-phone5. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Glenn Powell turns into a fan and shoots Ronda Rousey with his i-phone5. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

UFC and MMA fans have been clamoring for the film debut of current Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who might as well be playing herself! She is being touted as UFC’s biggest star with the recent exit of Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. Fans will not be disappointed with the action sequences as she is seen as a bouncer using her judo throws and punches on five men all at the same time.

Ronda Rousey is sexy bouncer Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda Rousey is sexy bouncer Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda takes on 5 men causing trouble in club. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda takes on 5 men causing trouble in club. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Her looks are closer to that of Renee Zellwegger, if the Oscar award-winning actress was buff and athletic. It was only natural for the physically gifted and athletic Rousey to do her own stunts and fight scenes. In a cage fight among the Expendables crew, she could easily knock out or submit all of them in real life. This is with the exception of former UFC Champ Randy Couture and Jet Li who is versed in Shaolin Kung Fu.

Yin yang and Toll Road may be the only 2 guys skilled enough to handle Rousey in the cage among the EXPENDABLES team. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Yin yang and Toll Road may be the only 2 guys skilled enough to handle Rousey in the cage among the EXPENDABLES team. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda gets to use her deadly arm bar. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda gets to use her deadly arm bar. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Reviews and fan feedback have been so overwhelming that she has already worked in FAST & FURIOUS 7 (2015) as well as ENTOURAGE (2015). There are also plans to give her the lead role in THE ATHENA PROJECT, based on a novel written by Brad Thor about an all female delta force team.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas as Galgo. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas as Galgo. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The new recruits also include Antonio Banderas as the overzealous Galgo. In a scene the ZORRO star sings El Novio de la Muerte (Bridegroom of Death) to Barney Ross. The anthem is the official hymn of the Spanish Legion of which Banderas was made honorary member in 2013. Former boxing WBC Welter weight champ turned actor Victor Ortiz also plays Mars in the new team. Maybe in the future Sly will include Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in EXPENDABLES 4, battling Steven Seagal?

 Thorn, Mars and Smilee. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The young guys in the team from left: Thorn, Mars and Smilee. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Just thinking about the casting makes every combat sports fan excited. People need that throwback, slam-bang action flick that has become few and far between these days. THIS IS IT with all of our heroes in one go. Whether it’s a flying leg lock from Rousey, a knife throw from Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, machine gun fire from Terminator and Indiana Jones to an epic hand to hand combat between Rocky and Mad Mel, EXPENDABLES 3 blows the minds of every action fan.

 Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes show off their knife skills. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes show off their knife skills. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen) in shooting range. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen) in shooting range. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Wesley Snipes was cast in the original EXPENDABLES but missed it because he was incarcerated for Tax evasion. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Wesley Snipes was cast in the original EXPENDABLES but missed it because he was incarcerated for Tax evasion. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Explosions at Port of Mogadishu, Somalia. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Explosions at Port of Mogadishu, Somalia. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

(Toll Road) Randy Couture’s Cauliflower ear makes him stand out as an MMA fighter. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey is even hotter with a gun. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey is even hotter with a gun. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham(Lee Christmas),  and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left from left: Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham(Lee Christmas), and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Harrison Ford as CIA boss Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as CIA boss Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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 Terry Crews (Hale Caesar) and Wesley Snipes (Doc). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

foreground from left: Dolph Lundgren(Gunnar Jensen), Sly Stallone(Barney Ross), director Patrick Hughes, Randy Couture(Toll Road), background from left: Terry Crews (Hale Caesar) and Wesley Snipes (Doc). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

 Doc and Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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Jason Statham (Lee Christmas). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Jason Statham (Lee Christmas). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Sylvester Stalllone (Barney) and Arnold Schwarzenneger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Gunnar Jensen and Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The 2 big guys from left: Gunnar Jensen and Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas (Galgo) shoots. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Sly Stallone is Barney Ross. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sly Stallone is Barney Ross. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Ronda tries to reach for her pistol. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda tries to reach for her pistol. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Jason Statham as Lee Christmas leads charge. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Jason Statham as Lee Christmas leads charge. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Arnold Schwarzennegger and Harrison Ford (Drummer). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood from left: Arnold Schwarzennegger and Harrison Ford (Drummer). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

 Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Center: Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) meets with his new team from left: Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Two Europeans in the team Antonio Banderas (Galgo) of Spain and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) of U.K. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Two Europeans in the team Antonio Banderas (Galgo) of Spain and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) of U.K. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kelsey Grammer is Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kelsey Grammer is Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Harrison Ford (Drummer) Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Wesley Snipes (Doc) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

New Expendable stars from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Harrison Ford (Drummer) Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Wesley Snipes (Doc) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Explosive EXPENDABLES 3

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 Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna) and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

foreground from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Arnold Schwarzenneger (Trench), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Sly Stallone (Barney Ross) and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) background from left: Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna) and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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The extraction point is the top of a building that’s about to explode. The Expendables have to get on a helicopter to avoid the oncoming army. Smilee (Kellan Lutz) is on a motorcycle wreaking havoc on tanks. How does he get on a roof without an elevator? He sees an incline right beside the abandoned building. He goes 250kph and ramps the bike off it. The bike is literally up about a hundred feet in the air for a few seconds, he jumps away from it and hangs off from a ledge on one of the top floors of the building. Two floors below him, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) is running for his life and narrowly escapes a blast from a tank. Barney turns a corner and now faces a dozen armed soldiers waiting for him.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee) on motorcycle. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee) on motorcycle. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

After two huge action packed installments in Expendables 1 & 2, it’s hard to believe but the 3rd one is actually an even bigger film. Known for getting the biggest action stars of the past few decades: Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren are at it again. In this installment they are joined by Wesley Snipes of BLADE fame. Missing in this sequel are Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis.

 Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Glenn Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Harrison Ford (Drummer), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stalllone (Barney Ross), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Jet Li (Yin Yang) and seated Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

From left: Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Glenn Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Harrison Ford (Drummer), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stalllone (Barney Ross), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Kellan Lutz (Smilee), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Jet Li (Yin Yang) and seated Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) will be the T-800 again in TERMINATOR GENISYS set to be released in 2015. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) will be the T-800 again in TERMINATOR GENISYS set to be released in 2015. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

After quoting “I’ll be back” in EXPENDABLES 2, Arnold as Trench repeats his old lines, “Get to the chopper” from PREDATOR and “I lied” from COMMANDO. Arnold is reprising his most famous role as the T-800 in TERMINATOR GENISYS set for release in 2015. Emilia Clarke more popularly known as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES plays the pivotal Sarah Connor role.

 Drummer and Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Drummer and Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

One of the biggest names in Hollywood replaces Bruce Willis as CIA control that hires Barney: Harrison Ford. And unlike Willis’ character Church he also gets in on the action pretty quick. Harrison Ford made his career kicking ass IN SPACE as Han Solo, in the original religion starting STAR WARS. While Barney brags about piloting an airplane, try flying the Millennium Falcon. After INDIANA JONES where Ford fought the Nazis, he became the president of the United States in AIR FORCE ONE fighting hand to hand against terrorists. Ford is not just the last name of the biggest star here but also the vehicle of choice for Barney: Ford’s SVT Raptor.

Glenn Powell as Thorn uses the Canon EOS 5D mark III to survey the enemy. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Glenn Powell as Thorn uses the Canon EOS 5D mark III to survey the enemy. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross who rides the Ford Raptor SVT in this film. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sylvester Stallone is Barney Ross who rides the Ford Raptor SVT in this film. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mad Mel Gibson is a fantastic bad guy. Jean-Claude Van Damme was the previous bad guy in 2 following Eric Roberts in the original. After Mel’s recent run in with the law and his lunatic recorded threats and rants from real life, casting him as weapons dealer who has committed crimes against humanity is perfect. Whether or not you love Mel Gibson from the Lethal Weapon series or despise him for his racist, alcoholic stupor, you’re going to want to have to see him in EXPENDABLES 3. In light of everything that’s happened, he’s become this figure you’d love to hate.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as weapons dealer, all around bad guy Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Truthfully, performance wise, story wise Mad Mel is the one that gives this film a real edge. As a viewer you can’t wait for that scene when Rocky gets to lay his hands on him and vice versa. Their rivalry and hatred is something that just has to be released and seen through a fight.

Barney Ross and Trench. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Barney Ross and Trench. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Blonde bombshell Ronda Rousey joins the Expendables ranks as Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Blonde bombshell Ronda Rousey joins the Expendables ranks as Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

tanks blow up building to flush EXPENDABLES out. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The stars aren’t the only reason this movie levels up. The earnings for each installment has increased and by now they have the money to blow up a real building. The Expendables get to do battle against a dozen tanks. They chose to have the setting in a fictional country called AZMANISTAN, yeah where all the badass people live. The backdrop is actually in Bulgaria, where a lot of Soviet weapons and arms were left over. So producers were able to take advantage the old buildings and even the manpower.

Dozens of tanks attack the Expendables. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Dozens of tanks attack the Expendables. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer toast their casting. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas and Kelsey Grammer toast their casting. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

More than the previous sequels, this film also acknowledges that the Expendables are getting on with age. So Sly decides to recruit a younger team. Kelsey Grammer is in the role of Bonaparte recruiting a skillful but somewhat suicidal crew to go after the dreaded Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Kelsey leaves his famous TV persona FRASIER for this film.

Glenn Powell turns into a fan and shoots Ronda Rousey with his i-phone5. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Glenn Powell turns into a fan and shoots Ronda Rousey with his i-phone5. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

UFC and MMA fans have been clamoring for the film debut of current Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who might as well be playing herself! She is being touted as UFC’s biggest star with the recent exit of Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre. Fans will not be disappointed with the action sequences as she is seen as a bouncer using her judo throws and punches on five men all at the same time.

Ronda Rousey is sexy bouncer Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda Rousey is sexy bouncer Luna. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda takes on 5 men causing trouble in club. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Ronda takes on 5 men causing trouble in club. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT.

Her looks are closer to that of Renee Zellwegger, if the Oscar award-winning actress was buff and athletic. It was only natural for the physically gifted and athletic Rousey to do her own stunts and fight scenes. In a cage fight among the Expendables crew, she could easily knock out or submit all of them in real life. This is with the exception of former UFC Champ Randy Couture and Jet Li who is versed in Shaolin Kung Fu.

Yin yang and Toll Road may be the only 2 guys skilled enough to handle Rousey in the cage among the EXPENDABLES team. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Yin yang and Toll Road may be the only 2 guys skilled enough to handle Rousey in the cage among the EXPENDABLES team. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda gets to use her deadly arm bar. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda gets to use her deadly arm bar. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Reviews and fan feedback have been so overwhelming that she has already worked in FAST & FURIOUS 7 (2015) as well as ENTOURAGE (2015). There are also plans to give her the lead role in THE ATHENA PROJECT, based on a novel written by Brad Thor about an all female delta force team.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Antonio Banderas as Galgo. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas as Galgo. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The new recruits also include Antonio Banderas as the overzealous Galgo. In a scene the ZORRO star sings El Novio de la Muerte (Bridegroom of Death) to Barney Ross. The anthem is the official hymn of the Spanish Legion of which Banderas was made honorary member in 2013. Former boxing WBC Welter weight champ turned actor Victor Ortiz also plays Mars in the new team. Maybe in the future Sly will include Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in EXPENDABLES 4, battling Steven Seagal?

 Thorn, Mars and Smilee. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The young guys in the team from left: Thorn, Mars and Smilee. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Just thinking about the casting makes every combat sports fan excited. People need that throwback, slam-bang action flick that has become few and far between these days. THIS IS IT with all of our heroes in one go. Whether it’s a flying leg lock from Rousey, a knife throw from Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, machine gun fire from Terminator and Indiana Jones to an epic hand to hand combat between Rocky and Mad Mel, EXPENDABLES 3 blows the minds of every action fan.

 Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes show off their knife skills. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes show off their knife skills. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen) in shooting range. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen) in shooting range. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Wesley Snipes was cast in the original EXPENDABLES but missed it because he was incarcerated for Tax evasion. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Wesley Snipes was cast in the original EXPENDABLES but missed it because he was incarcerated for Tax evasion. Photo from Vanity Fair shoot. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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Explosions at Port of Mogadishu, Somalia. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Explosions at Port of Mogadishu, Somalia. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

(Toll Road) Randy Couture’s Cauliflower ear makes him stand out as an MMA fighter. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey is even hotter with a gun. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champ Ronda Rousey is even hotter with a gun. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham(Lee Christmas),  and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left from left: Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham(Lee Christmas), and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as CIA boss Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Harrison Ford as CIA boss Drummer. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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 Terry Crews (Hale Caesar) and Wesley Snipes (Doc). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

foreground from left: Dolph Lundgren(Gunnar Jensen), Sly Stallone(Barney Ross), director Patrick Hughes, Randy Couture(Toll Road), background from left: Terry Crews (Hale Caesar) and Wesley Snipes (Doc). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

 Doc and Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Terry Crews is the funny and intimidating Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Jason Statham (Lee Christmas). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Jason Statham (Lee Christmas). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Sylvester Stalllone (Barney) and Arnold Schwarzenneger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Gunnar Jensen and Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

The 2 big guys from left: Gunnar Jensen and Hale Caesar. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Antonio Banderas (Galgo) shoots. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Sly Stallone is Barney Ross. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Sly Stallone is Barney Ross. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda tries to reach for her pistol. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda tries to reach for her pistol. She also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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Jason Statham as Lee Christmas leads charge. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Jason Statham as Lee Christmas leads charge. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Arnold Schwarzennegger and Harrison Ford (Drummer). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Two of the biggest stars in Hollywood from left: Arnold Schwarzennegger and Harrison Ford (Drummer). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

 Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Center: Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) meets with his new team from left: Glenn Powell (Thorn), Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz (Mars). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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Two Europeans in the team Antonio Banderas (Galgo) of Spain and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) of U.K. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Two Europeans in the team Antonio Banderas (Galgo) of Spain and Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) of U.K. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

Kellan Lutz (Smilee). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kellan Lutz (Smilee). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

from left: Sly Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas) and Randy Couture (Toll Road). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kelsey Grammer is Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Kelsey Grammer is Bonaparte. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

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Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

Ronda Rousey also has 2 more films FAST & FURIOUS7 and ENTOURAGE both set for 2015. She is also being considered as lead in THE ATHENA PROJECT. Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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 Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Harrison Ford (Drummer) Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Wesley Snipes (Doc) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

New Expendable stars from left: Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Harrison Ford (Drummer) Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Wesley Snipes (Doc) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench). Catch EXPENDABLES3 in Resort’s World Manila, Eastwood Mall and Lucky Chinatown Mall.

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Plot: Step Two

jackiechan compiled - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 11:58

After you’ve got a clear goal, this is the fun part…

One of the reasons I used Jackie Chan for my opening pictures last post was because his action scenes are well plotted.

Does that sound strange? They’re not just punching and kicking (although the punching and kicking is AMAZING). Jackie always uses the environment he’s in, both to create obstacles and to overcome them.

Count how many elements from a classic wild west bar he interacts with in this scene from Shanghai Noon.

I think I got eleven.

In writing for animation, these kinds of obstacles can be called gags. To build the scene, think about the characters and the setting. What properties are inherent? How can they be turned into obstacles and opportunities?

Check out what Tweety and Sylvester can do with a hotel.

I chose that one because it’s short. Virtually every classic cartoon can be used as an example. Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, Donald Duck, etc.

What if your story is more about feelings than action?

Your plot will follow the same rules. What kind of characters do you have? Are they shy? What could make being shy more difficult? Are your young lovers on a first date at an amusement park? How could that setting enhance and then interrupt romance?

Your choices don’t have to be complex. Watch these kids try to eat their lunch in peace, while the other one tries to entertain himself.

Voila: tension, character development, and plot!

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Review: "The Expendables 3"

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 11:37

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Think what you want about this knuckle-headed series, but its mastermind Sylvester Stallone is a smart guy who knows exactly what he’s doing. He named his franchise ‘Expendables’ because he’s well aware that these movies are just that; entertaining, ultimately disposable, lacking any real substance that you can carry with you later. But in continuing to bring all these action stars together every two years, Stallone is still banking on audiences still have a place in their hearts for flimsy, inconsequential bombast every now and then (or at least a place in their wallets).

I can’t say I disagree with his aspirations; while I’ve never seen the original Expendables, I did catch the sequel and was pleasantly surprised by how satisfying it was, despite the fact that every moment spent listening to the characters speak felt like a moment wasted. Unsubtle in its self-awareness but charmingly so, the movie was hilariously bloody, relentlessly campy, and mercifully short on filler. I can’t remember a thing about the finer details such as plot, but hey — it was enough to get me interested in another round. So here we are at The Expendables 3, still championing the value of pointless action. Except this time, that value has diminished substantially.

The story finds the still-badass, still-aging Expendables team trying to take down a bad guy who we are assured is evil and crazy (though he’s played by Mel Gibson, so we don’t exactly need much proof on the insanity front). Whereas the first two movies were content with an endless stream of jokes about the stars’ aging, this time Stallone’s character Barney Ross finally seems to decide he’s ‘too old for this shit’ and hires a younger group of Expendables to help him take down Gibson. As a result, he alienates his buddies who’d rather the new, young Expendables get off their blood-soaked lawn.

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But the main draw of part three are not the young guys, it’s still the old guys. And more than that, we don’t care about the characters! Nobody sees this movie to find out what’s new with Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, Hale Caesar or the rest of the stupid-sounding names I just grabbed off of Wikipedia. We come to see Sly, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, who are basically playing a mix of the characters they’ve played in other films, they’re own public personas, and whatever bland backstories they’ve been given for this specific series.

All of these stars made it to where they’ve been because they had a certain charisma about them, and for most of them, this hasn’t changed. More than that, now that most of them seem to realize they’ve made it through their glory days, they look like they’re able to have a lot more fun just goofing around in something like this. This is especially clear with Arnold Schwarzenegger (returning to the franchise for the third time), who treats every single line as if it were a giant wink that screams “Remember me? I was in Terminator”. Although the blatant references to his past work feels admittedly hamfisted, it’s hard not to admire Arny’s spirit and his ability to laugh at the cheesiness of his whole career and persona. Here’s a guy who knows people love him, knows exactly why they love him, and is more than happy to embrace it all. And I love him all the more for that.

New addition Antonio Banderas gives a breathless, intentionally-annoying performance that steals every scene he’s in. It’s forced comedy to the point that it should be irritating, and maybe in a different type of movie it would be, but here it somehow manages to be infectious and charming. That is, until they heap on the sudden, serious backstory which effectively kills the mood. Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer are also new to the team, but don’t add nearly as much life to the proceedings.

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Mel Gibson, on the other hand, acts with such conviction here that it feels like he’s in a whole different movie altogether. It was genius on Stallone’s part to get Gibson to play the bad guy, as it really hammers home the film’s meta-lite construction. He’s intimidating at certain parts of this movie, but when he says to a character that they don’t want to make him angry, we believe it not just because of the performance, but because we’ve all heard what it’s like when Mel Gibson gets angry and it’s utterly terrifying.

The fatal flaw in this film is that it takes the reigns away from all of these beloved icons, if just for a while, and shifts the focus onto the young’uns played by Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz and Glenn Powell, Jr. Wait, who? I’ve only heard one of those names before, and only because of how many bad movies he’s been in. My point is, these aren’t well-known actors and they have no established personas to work with. All they have is the bland character descriptions they’ve been given, and only the smallest shreds of innate charisma I could see in them.  They’re boring.

If the filmmakers had found some actual current action stars, it would have both added to the film’s star power and to the only-hinted-at themes of former icons feeling sidelined in a new, young adult-centered industry. The Expendables 2 had Liam Hemsworth, which is exactly the kind of actor this film needed and that one didn’t! Of course, in all likelihood the budget of Expendables 3 just couldn’t meet the price-tag on such big-name young stars, and so Stallone and crew had to settle. It’s a shame, because the commentary that was clearly intended could have been very interesting.

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But nothing could have saved a script that cares way too much about way too little. Any and all emotional moments between characters feel banal, yet there are plenty of them. While the beginning and ending of the film are the expected bombastic action sequences, the whole middle section of the movie has way too few exciting moments. There’s supposed to be a tense espionage scene around the half-way point, but thanks to the film’s inability to make you care about the young characters, it feels incredibly void of urgency.

But when the action does kick into gear, two things become apparent. One, the budget has clearly been lowered, as the special effects are pretty bad at parts. The more glaring issue is the film’s PG-13 rating. This isn’t a problem in most movies, but when the one best thing about the previous Expendables is its gleeful, old-school violence, taking out all of the blood and cutting away right before a brutal death feels unsatisfying. It’s like ordering french fries and they give you a baked potato. I guess it’s kind of the same thing, but you’re missing the point.

In certain ways it feels like the franchise was still improving, so it’s a shame that the issues present in The Expendables 3 are so critical that it threatens to ruin all of the fun. It certainly doesn’t leave me anticipating any more of them, if they’re just going to find more ways to give audiences more of what they specifically don’t want. Still, the action is kinetic and fun, even if it is clipped and censored, and the stars are still awesome to watch. Awesome enough to sit through the boring parts? Depends how much you really like your Schwarzenegger.

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Score: 2.5 out of 5

 - Sam

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Rush Hour 2 (2001)

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5/5

Director: Brett Ratner
Writer: Jeff Nathanson
Based On Characters Created By: Ross LaManna
Producer: Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur Sarkissian and Jay Stern
Distributed: New Line Cinema

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone, Alan King, Roselyn Sánchez, Harris Yulin and Zhang Ziyi

Lee and Carter are pulled from time off in Hong Kong when a bomb is detonated at the United States Consulate General, killing to U.S customs agents. Lee suspects that the culprits are the Triads lead by Ricky Tan, Lee’s fathers former police partner. This case will take Carter and Lee from the streets of Hong Kong to the skylines of Los Angeles as they try to crack an international money laundering scheme.

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Brett Ratner’s second outing in the Rush Hour franchise is a perfect example of a great modern buddy cop comedy. Taking elements from the first Rush Hour film and expanding them into the format that should have been used in the first place, Rush Hour 2 works brilliantly as both a comedy and an action film. Ratner, once again, demonstrating his love for Hong Kong cinema in the cinematic choices for this film. I first saw this film as I was being introduced into Chinese and Hong Kong cinema, further fuelling my love for the style and sequencing of the genre.

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Once again, Chan and Tucker are an amazing combination of comedy and action. This time around though, the characters are able to explore other sides of the role. Tucker kicks ass alongside Chan, and Chan is able to show off his comedic timing as we learn more about Lee and Carter. One of the breakout performances of the film, however, is Hu Li (Mandarin for Fox) by actress Zhang Ziyi. Zhang, fresh at the time from her wonderful performance in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, is the perfect villain for this film. She is cold, calculated and in her Jackie Chan meets his match.

*All images are property of New Line Cinema

 

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Rush Hour (1998)

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3/5

Director: Brett Ratner
Story By: Ross LaMana and Tedi Sarafian
Screenplay: Jim Kouf, Ross LaMana and Jeff Nathanson
Producer: Roger Birnbaum, Jonathan Glickman, Arthur Sarkissian, Leon Dudevoir, Jay Stern and Wayne Morris
Distributed: New Line Cinema

Starring: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Tom Wilkinson, Chris Penn and Elizabeth Peña

Chinese Security Consul, living in Los Angeles, Solon Han’s daughter Soo Yung is kidnapped by Hong Kong gangsters lead by the mysterious Juntao. While the FBI are called in Han enlists the help of Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) of the Hong Kong Special Police. The FBI, not wanting help, enlist arrogant and reckless Detective James Carter (Tucker) of the LAPD to keep Lee distracted. But as things take a turn for the worst, will Lee and Carter be able to recover Soo Yung and unmask Juntao?

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Buddy cop films have been a staple of American cinema since the early 70’s. However Rush Hour puts a different spin on the formula by pairing up an African American LAPD officer with a Hong Kong Special Police Detective. Although this is a comedy, it’s very clear that Ratner has been influenced by the films of John Woo and other Hong Kong police films. This is shown in his shot style and editing techniques, especially during action sequences involving Jackie Chan. The blend of American cop action with Hong Kong martial arts creates an interesting film, although I feel this idea is explored better in the sequel Rush Hour 2. 

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Chan and Tucker’s performance are an excellent combination. Between Tucker’s abrasive and loud style of comedy, which at one time made him the highest paid actor in Hollywood, and Chan’s reserved but powerful performance, Rush Hour forever changed the Western take on martial arts films and the buddy cop genre. It’s sad that not more crossover films between the US and Hong Kong are made this way, it would be an amazing experience for filmmakers and moviegoers alike.

 

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The Expendables 3...In 10 Words

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 08:44
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So Very Tired

We get it, you’re old and you blow stuff up.

(pic is from here)

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Nick saw "The Expendables 3"

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 06:10

The Expendables franchise is one of diminishing returns. The first had the novelty of having (mostly) a bunch of aging action stars from the ’80s and ’90s in one movie together. The result was really not the sum of its parts. The second installment improved the quality with much more humor, a stronger narrative, and a campy amount of meta references to the respective stars’ past. The newest entry tries very hard, but comes incredibly short in everything it attempts.

Expendables_3_posterThe script tones down the meta references dramatically from the second installment (which, let’s face it, is probably a good thing – Expendables 2 really pushed that as far as it could go), but doesn’t really replace it with anything of substance. The story is really all over the place with the tone, the themes, and the basic narrative, that the film doesn’t really know what it wants to be (other than the currently over-played “I’m old, but I’m still top dog” routine).

Hindering matters even further is that I didn’t feel at any time that any of the characters were in any danger at all. While the action is slick, when our heroes are gunning down hordes of henchmen without them really being in any noticeable peril, the film loses any sort of tension.  The PG-13 rating was disappointing too.  Incredibly bloodless and a bit too obvious when they cut away from seeing a bad guy get taken down.  I realize that was a creative decision that Stallone wanted to enforce, but it is still disappointing that he felt he needed to do that to reach a broader audience.

We have a couple of new additions to the Expendables. Beyond younger recruits (who are completely generic and interchangeable), Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, and Antonio Banderas join Stallone and crew. Ford is an incredible upgrade from Bruce Willis as the team’s handler. While he does the standard “Harrison Ford Gruff”, he looks like he’s having a blast in the role. Sadly, Gibson (an inspired choice for a villain) is completely wasted in what could have been a really great, fun role. This is probably the biggest sin Expendables 3 could have had (especially since the bar was set surprisingly high with Jean-Claude Van-Damme in the second movie).

Oddly enough, after a lot of attention to Snipes joining the film, his character, while given a lot of attention during the first act (including establishing connections between him, Stallone, and Gibson), largely falls into the background as the movie progresses. He is mostly replaced in emphasis with Banderas. Even though this is a big script problem, I’m not too bothered by it mostly because Banderas is the best part of this movie. He completely steals every scene he is in. He’s absolutely hilarious. If they make an Expendables 4, they need to bring him back.

I don’t know. Maybe the magic is running out for this series. I sat there and was reasonably entertained, but much of the movie just felt flat for me. I know these are not meant to be very good cinema, but even for disposable entertainment, it doesn’t quite work. I guess you can tell there is a problem when the series continues to pile on new characters, but ones from the original entry are still completely undeveloped (seriously, what does Randy Couture bring to these movies?).

If a fourth entry is commissioned (which there is some doubt given the recent pirated leak), I really hope they look into what isn’t working. I really can’t pin my finger on it exactly, but the series is missing something. I want this series to be successful, and I want to like these movies more. But the novelty of seeing all these actors together is nearly extinguished. They need a new hook.

~N

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Turn Off Your Phones! - A review of The Expendables 3

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 05:04

I’ll try to keep this short and simple – much like the movie (the simple part, not the short part).

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If you’re a fan of some old-school action – this movies’s for you.   Heavy on the explosions, short on plot, and big on one-liners and stereotyping – The Expendables 3 lives up to its predecessors’ reputation.  In fact it could probably be considered better than the second installment in the series, but I’ll leave that up to you guys.

On a train bound for nowhere…. seriously – nowhere, if you knew this place existed Harrison Ford might have to kill you; just going to show you, you really shouldn’t do business with the government (you might not get it now, but you will if you watch this film).  Barney (Sly) and crew: Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren), Caesar (Terry Crews), and Toll (Randy Couture) are launching an all-out assault on a train carrying a prisoner to a black site prison.  The prisoner just happens to be an original member of the Expendables crew – back before the movies happened – Doc (Wesley Snipes) who isn’t quite ready to be rescued without making some noise of his own.  Explosions ensue, and we’re off to a good start.  Shortly after the rescue, a member of the crew is critically injured by a nemesis once thought dead, and Barney decides it’s time to retire the team: he’s not willing to watch any villainmore of his friends die on mission.

Seeking revenge (who would’ve thought a film with these guys would feature revenge?!) for his comrade’s injuries – and to finish his
mission, Barney sets out to recruit a new team with the help of Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammar), recruiter extraordinaire.  The new team is a bunch of youngsters: Thorn (Glen Powell), Mars (Victor Ortiz), Smiley (Kellan Lutz), and Luna (Ronda Rousey). They have a good plan that quickly goes sideways (surprise, surprise), and we find ourselves back with the original crew in short order… Along with another new guy, Galgo (Antonio Banderas), who needs to just shut up already.

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Don’t quit your day job, Ronda.

Mel Gibson plays a convincing villain, Stonebanks, and more dicey situations follow: booby-trapped buildings, small armies, etc.; and the government comes to the rescue in the form of Bruce Willis’ replacement, Drummer (Harrison Ford), Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger), and Yin Yang (Jet Li).

It seems like they might have cut back on the one-liners this time in an attempt to develop characters a bit more.  But that’s never been Sly’s or this genre’s strong suit.  Note: while we may not mind being put into a submission hold by Ms. Rousey – she shouldn’t give up her day job for this acting gig.

All that being said, is this show with your time and money? If you were a fan of the first two, you like explosions, and want to see Mel Gibson and Sly duke it out – go for it! I don’t expect this movie will attract many new converts, but for those of us who grew up with the Rambo series, the Die Hard series, the Blade series, etc. this should be right up our alley.

~ J.T. Riles ~

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Choreographing violence in stories

jackiechan compiled - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:31

I said I was going to take the day off, but in the end I spent a fair part of yesterday afternoon planning and choreographing a big complicated action scene in the next Aculeo & Amunet story.

The hardest part, for me, when writing A&A, is the part about the fights.
Maybe I already mentioned this.

Fact is, I don’t like violence that much, and I’m not very good at describing it in an entertaining way because… well, because I don’t find it entertaining, I guess.
With some exceptions.

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And yet, considering my Aculeo & Amunet stories are sword & sorcery, there are to be swords in there somewhere, and someone got to use’em.
And Aculeo, being a soldier, is supposed to be the one trained in the use of swords (Amunet takes care of sorcery – nice and smooth).

Being a Roman, Aculeo uses a gladius.

Now, being a man trained to fight, and being a no-nonsense sort of guy, Aculeo does not do strange flourishes and what not.
He’s businesslike when it comes to fights.
He takes no more pleasure in fighting than I take in describing fights – so he makes it quick.
I want his actions to be economic, effective, but also, possibly, entertaining.
Because of course when writing about a fight, the point is not writing a martial arts handbook, but carrying the story forward and entertaining the readers*.
And here comes the real catch – because to make the scene entertaining for the readers, I have to make it entertaining for me, in the first place.

I normally try to increase the entertainment value of my action scenes by complicating them – by making them less entertaining for the people involved, if you will.
In Bride of the Swamp God, for instance, while it’s painfully clear that Aculeo and Amunet are severely outgunned by their enemies, part of the fun (hopefully!) comes from the way in which the two protagonists interfere and hinder each other until they find a way to work together.

So the environment, the interaction between characters, the snippets of dialogue, the stuff going on while the bad guy tries to beat the living daylights out of poor Aculeo, all this becomes much more important than the actual blow-by-blow thing.
And it’s more fun.

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Designing my fight scenes like this means I normally have to choreograph my fights – sketching a map, taking all bystanders into account, and then visualizing the sequence of events.
It’s a lot less fun than you might think.
Really.
The fun part, to me, once the whole chaotic sequence of punches, thrusts, pratfalls and lost weapons and sudden reversals and what else is running through my mind like a finely-tuned Jackie Chan movie…
… The fun, part, I said, is deciding what the reader is going to see.
The montage, if you will.
Or, turning the thing the other way around, what I’m going to leave out.
And the idea is to leave out everything that’s not necessary, and it’s not fun.
The tricky part is deciding what.

Having two point-of-view characters offers quite a lot of opportunities – and if I normally write combats from Aculeo’s point of view, in a somewhat dry, straightforward, simplistic way, sometimes shifting to Amunet for a few paragraphs is quite useful.
She has a different perception of the events, of course, and quite a different attitude, a different psychology – and a different biochemical response to violence.
She can add depth, and color.
It takes some trial-and-error.

Once the story is ready, I am lucky enough to have beta readers that actually have combat experience, weapons experts of the non-creepy variety, and they often point out inconsistencies, blunders and implausibilities.
I follow their advice 75% of the time – because sometimes plausibility and all that are less important than the story.

In the end, one of the points I’m not making in my stories and yet is there all right is, weapons and violence do not solve problems.
Often it is wiser to run, it is more efficient to discuss differences, and it is more expedient just figuring out a way to slice their throats silently.
Hmmm… ok, ignore the last one.

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* And I’d really like to recommend Rayne Hall’s slim but three-times-excellent Writing Fight Scenes as a one-stop instructional handbook for writers.

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Movie Review: 'The Expendables 3' (2014)

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:30

“How hard can it be to kill ten men?”

Overview:

Directed by:

Patrick Hughes

Written by:

Sylvester Stallone
Creighton Rothenberger
Katrin Benedikt

Cast:

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

Quickie Review:

While not as good as the second one, this was still an entertaining ride, especially for an action movie lover. 

Extended Review:

Immediately when I mention ‘The Expendables 3′ I know a lot of people will groan in disgust and it’s true, this movie will not be for everybody. But as the 3rd in the series, if you are going to see this movie then you should know what to expect and what kind of movie you are in for.

The team is back! After rescuing an old friend, Doc played by Wesley Snipes, the team goes on a mission to stop an arms trade and take down the ruthless arms dealer. However things go horribly wrong when Barney, Sylvester Stallone, recognises the arms trader as his old friend and co-founder of the Expendables who turned bad. After the mission goes sour and one of the team is almost fatally wounded, Barney decides it will be best to let his old team go and recruit a brand new team in order to save himself from the heartache of losing more friends. When his new team fails, it is up to the old dogs to rescue and team up with the fresh blood in order to take down the teams most vicious villain they have faced. 

While there is more of a story in this movie then there was in the previous film, it wasn’t very interesting and like the first move in the series I felt that they tried too hard to make the movie more than everyone wanted it to be. With a star studded cast like this everyone is expecting a non stop roller coaster ride of action, cheesy lines and bigger than life stars, but by trying to incorporate a mediocre story it just detracted from what I really wanted to see. One example of this was having Barney suddenly decide that the team was getting too old and so it was time for them to be all “let go” after one slightly bad mission, this just felt like a cop out way of introducing the newer younger members of the group without much thought. Because of this, the middle portion of the film, about 40 minutes worth approximately, just seemed to slow down the whole movie and lower the adrenaline levels which the opening had raised. 

Now while this movie is sounding pretty terrible so far, and I’m sure critics will be heavily criticising the movie on the story and acting alone, I only have mostly good, redeeming things to say now. Ignoring the slow middle of the film, the rest of the film has everything you have come to expect and love from an expendables movie. The action is over the top, there are countless bad guys who are constantly being mowed down by the seemingly invincible heroes who have all manner of weaponry and fighting skills. These action sequences, especially the massive final conflict, are filled with everything which could be wanted in an fight scene, bar one thing. Since this movie was made with a ‘M’ rating (PG-13) in the United States, the violence (blood and gore) was turned down massively. This was a big change from the second movie which saw men getting torn in half by gun fire, and while this might make me sound like a blood thirsty lunatic, I felt that this lack of hardcore action which accompanied many of the movies all these actors have starred in in the past was a bit of a let down and really only done in order to appeal to a wider market. However luckily it wasn’t a big enough issue to detract too much from the film as a whole.

One final little point I want to mention is the comedy in this movie. I found myself laughing so much more than I did in the previous 2 films and I loved it. It was that the movie was filled with slapstick humour or obvious jokes, but more that it was filled with inside jokes which would mostly be recognised by fans of the action genre and the actors themselves. One of my favourite examples of this came when the team rescued Wesley Snipe’s character and they asked what he had been in jail for, and he replied with “tax evasion” (a crime which saw Wesley Snipes serve 3 years in prison for from 2010 – 2013). Little jokes like this filled the movie and I felt it was a nice reward for true fans of the action genre of the last 30 or so years.

Overall this won’t be a film for everyone. But if you know what you are getting yourself in for and you enjoyed any of the previous 2 films in the series or even any of the films any of the main cast have starred in then I am sure you will have a good time with this film, as long as you don’t take it too seriously. 

Fun Fact:

While shooting an action scene in a truck Jason Statham almost suffered a fatal accident when the truck fell to the sea after brakes failed. (IMDB)

Trailer:
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The Expendables 3: An IMAX Experience

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 03:03

The Testosterone filled franchise is back!! “It’s Old Dogs, Young Dogs and New Tricks”; in this third installment.

In this installment Barney (Stallone) and the team come face to face with an enemy, Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson) they thought was long since dead. Years ago Conrad and Barney co-founded The Expendables, but some bad blood caused them to separate and Barney was forced to kill Conrad several years ago, or so he thought.

Stonebanks (Gibson) has eluded death and resurfaced and is making it his mission to get rid of “The Expendables” for good, but Barney (Stallone) has other ideas. The story unfolds from there…

The movie starts great and has a strong ending, but the middle is just a muddle of senior moments. I have to say that there are a few good comedic moments, some interesting cinematography, some eye opening stunts and questionable special effects.

I find this installment to be better than the previous one. There is lots of non-stop action and some intrigue. There are a few new faces and the on-screen chemistry is interesting. There is a new female member to the team and she is pretty cool!!

I believe that when Sylvester Stallone signed up to do this franchise there were only going to be 3, but the door appears to be open for a 4th.

Maybe if there is a 4th installment it will continue to get better.
If you are a fan of “The Expendables” franchise, this installment should not be missed.

This is a 3 Star Movie

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An evening with Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan Has Been Approached About Rush Hour 4

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The Expendables 3: Review

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The whole gang.

The Expendables 3 (2014) is the 3rd action flick in the series, which started in 2010. The 2nd sequel in the series boasts an impressive cast. Returning from the first two are the usual suspects: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. New to the lineup are Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, and Robert Davi.

We are getting on a bit!

We are getting on a bit!

The film starts with an impressive opening scene which sees Barney, Christmas and the regulars from the last 2 films perform feats of greatness, whilst successfully springing his old friend Dr. Death from imprisonment on an armored military train. Dr. Death is played by Wesley Snipes, who is both in the film, and in reality, fresh out of prison for tax evasion.

Stallone and Snipes.

Stallone and Snipes.

At the end of the opening scene, Stallone and the gang find out that Conrad Stonebanks, a former expendables member, is alive and well. So begins a very simple plot where Stallone is approached by the CIA, headed this time by Harrison Ford, instead of Bruce Willis. Max Drummer (Ford) also has a strong dislike for Conrad Stonebanks and informs Barney that he wants him captured alive.

All sound good so far?

The film has a very promising start with stunts, explosions and plenty of action as well as Wesley Snipes impersonating a good guy version of Simon Phoenix, the villain he played in Demolition Man (1993), also starring Stallone. Unfortunately the majority of the film from this point onwards goes rapidly downhill. Stallone decides that Conrad Stonebanks is too dangerous a man and doesn’t want to put his best friends and colleagues in certain danger. He therefore ditches his usual posse and spends the middle section of the film with Kelsey Grammer, putting together a new, younger, not as exciting, ‘Expendables’ crew. The new kids on the block are played by: Kellan Lutz as John Smilee, Ronda Rousey as Luna, Glen Powell as Thorn and Victor Ortiz as Mars. I can hear what you’re thinking now: who? What about all the old-timers? Well amongst the ‘noobs’, Antonio Banderas joins in which not only adds some gravitas but also some much needed comic relief to the flick.

Stallone and Banderas.

Stallone and Banderas.

Meanwhile, Stallone’s original team makes a couple of attempts to come along for the ride and help, but Barney turns them down. Imagine being turned down by somebody called Barney. I wouldn’t be happy.

Spot the action star.

Spot the action star.

Eventually, in the final act of the film, Barney realizes he is out of his depth when the new team are captured and held hostage by Conrad Stonebanks. Did I mention Stonebanks is played by Mel Gibson? Gibson? What happened to him? Well if you remember Gibson got himself into a bit of trouble a few years ago, but after a public apology on his behalf, by none other than Robert Downey Jr, it seems the movie going audience are preparing themselves to forgive Mel for his outrageous comments. ‘It was just the drink talking, I didn’t mean it’. Okay Gibson your back on board. As naughty as Gibson may have been over the last couple of years, I must say he was a breath of fresh air in the film, playing a nasty and ruthless villain. Indeed there is a moment halfway through when Gibson has been temporarily captured by the Power Rangers… I mean the new team, and we see the dark side of Riggs from Lethal Weapon (1987). Mel does what Mel does best. Every scene Gibson is in, he chews up the scenery and, dare I say, adds a bit of class to these ageing throwback action films.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

One thing to note is that, unlike its predecessors, this sequel seems to be toned down on the gratuitous violence. There is still as much action, but blood splats and people’s heads coming off seem to be absent. In a recent interview with Stallone, he stated that the additional blood and guts will be released on DVD.

I'm Back!

I’m Back!

So is Expendables 3 worth seeing? Well, that will depend on whether or not you like 80’s style action films. If you do then, even though there is a slow half hour in the middle of the film, it ticks all of the boxes as far as action goes. There is an impressive cast line up which seems to grow with every entry in the series. If you don’t like action, or Stallone, then I would avoid.

Review written by pNut Sammarco.

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Old Soldiers

Jet Li Collection - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:34
Stallone & Co. are showing their age in third testosterone fest

The Expendables 3 - Final One Sheet

The Expendables 3

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Mel Gibson

Directed by Patrick Hughes

PG-13

In the opening scene of this slam-bang, testosterone-fest reunion of aging action-movie icons, Sylvester Stallone’s character points to a frankfurter-sized finger of his meaty fist and a skull-shaped glob of silver—his Expendables “lucky ring.”

The Expendables franchise, about a group of super-covert, battle-scarred warriors hired to do the U.S. government’s dirty work, has indeed been lucky for Stallone. He’s had both his bank account and his ego fed by the success of the previous two movies, which he also had a big hand in either directing or writing.

In the movies, his team is “expendable” because their work is so dangerous, and their missions so secret, no one knows—or can afford to care—if they live or die.

How ironic—since the Expendables don’t seem expendable at all. They just keep coming back, again and again, and Stallone and his co-stars are a veritable, tried-and-true Hollywood guy-movie who’s who. These are some “dependable” Expendables.

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Sylvester “Rambo” Stallone (left) and Arnold “Terminator” Schwarzenegger are the alpha males in “Expendables 3.”

And if anything, they just keep getting more “expandable.” In this excursion, the grizzled, gung-ho wagon train links up former E-team stalwarts Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Jason Statham, Randy Couture and Jet Li with new add-ons Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer (yes, Dr. Crane from Cheers and Frazier!) and Antonio Banderas, and a group of younger Expendables-in-training—Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, boxing champ Victor Oritz and mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey, the sole female invited into the boys’-club sandbox of bullet-spraying machine guns, missile-launching bazookas, exploding trains, airborne boats, dive-bombing helicopters and ka-booming army tanks.

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Mixed martial arts fighter-turned-actress Ronda Rousey is the only female invited to play in the boys-only sandbox.

There’s a wisp of a subplot about the old-school Expendables (with their knives and guns) vs. the new young high-tech Expendables (with their computers and cameras and drones). But now, four years and three movies into the franchise, the just-plain-old Expendables are beginning to wear visibly thin, the plots have ground down to near nothingness, the wisecracks aren’t wise or crack-y anymore, and the original stars mostly lumber around like middle-aged slabs of spa-toned beefcake. And this movie, in particular, is so bloated with actors, there’s not much space for any of them. Some, like martial arts champion Jet Li, are relegated to little more than a cameo.

When the first movie came out, in 2010, it was an homage to Hollywood’s long tradition of Dirty Dozen-style, action-caper, military-mission flicks, as well as an adrenaline shot of career-rejuvenating mojo for Stallone and some of his action-movie pals from the ’80s and ’90s. Now, as Neil Young’s “Old Man” plays and Stallone’s character proudly watches his young protégés carouse in a barroom, it seems like the original Expendable is thinking about finally easing out of the picture—or at least making much more room for a younger, leaner, greener set of espionage and counter-terrorism experts.

At one point, Trench (Schwarzenegger) tells Barney (Stallone) he’s through. “I’m getting out of this business,” he says, “and so should you.” Maybe it’s finally time for Stallone to take that Expendables advice to heart.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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