Poor Sylvester Stallone. He finally makes a good Expendables movie, and nobody wants to see it. What a shame, because “The Expendables 3″ is probably the best instalment in the series.
Mind you, I’m not saying “The Expendables 3″ is a masterpiece. Right of the bat you’re saying to yourself “Oh come on.” The opening mission involves a helicopter, a speeding locomotive and the first of many unnecessary explosions.
The situation is this: The Expendables’ ranks have taken a beating of late, and so Barney (Sylvester Stallone) decides to stage a prison break and bring back one of the gang’s founding members, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes), who’s in prison for what he calls “tax evasion.” Hahahahaha, get it?
Anywho, the Expendables need Blade for a mission in Somalia. However, things go bad when Barney’s former teammate turned villain Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), slips through their clutches, gravely wounding weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) in the process.
Barney realizes he cares too much for his teammates Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) Toll Road (Randy Couture), and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham).
He doesn’t want to keep risking their lives like this, so Barney ditches them in favor of a younger, fresher crew of Expendables. They’re played by Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, boxing champion Victor Ortiz. But the highlight of the new crew is mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey. She handles the action well and isn’t stuck on the sidelines which was nice to see.
Out of the new cast addition, Kelsey Grammer was really funny as a mercenary who helps Barney find his new recruits. But by far the one who stole the movie was Antonio Banderas as Galgo, a former member of the Spanish Armed Forces.
This may be Antonio’s best part since the first Zorro movie back in 1998. But because it’s in “The Expendables 3,” it probably won’t get the attention it deserves.
The Expendable movies aren’t supposed to be Academy Award winners. They’re not even supposed to be great action movies. The filmmakers know this, and they poke fun at themselves. Director Patrick Hughes did exactly what he was hired to do: Deliver a film full of action and light on story. “The Expendables 3″ script is loaded with cheesy one liners, and ridiculous dialogue. But you know what? It’s funny.
it’s fun to watch Mel Gibson chew up the scenery as the film’s main villain. It’s also fun to see Sly Stallone leap from a collapsing building to a helicopter. It’s even fun to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bromance with Jet Li.
The Sylvester Stallone directed “The Expendables” (2010) grossed an impressive $103 million domestically. its 2012 follow-up, directed by Simon West, took a hit domestically ($85 million) but made up the difference internationally. So what happened with “The Expendables 3″? Well, perhaps the millions of illegal downloads kept people at home, or franchise fatigue has set in.
Whatever the case may be, I really enjoyed “The Expendables 3.” I laughed, rolled my eyes at times, but in the end I was entertained. What more can I ask for?
“The Expendables 3″ final score: 7
Jackie Chan believes in tough love. The kung fu legend starting working at age 5 and never really stopped. In 2011 he announced he would be leaving his fortune to charity, rather than giving it to his son, “If he is capable, he can make his own money,” Chan said. “If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money.”
Now his approach to parenting will be put to the test again, because his son, actor and singer Jaycee Chan, 32, was snared in a Beijing drug bust last week alongside Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung, also known as Kai Ko. The younger Chan was detained “on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users,” according to state news wire Xinhua. Both men also admitted to using marijuana, reported Xinhua.
The arrests come amid a tougher-than-usual narcotics crackdown. State media report that 7,800 drug suspects have been detained since January, a 71.9% rise over the same period last year. The sweep also netted several well-known Chinese celebrities. Just days before Jaycee Chan was detained, 42 entertainment agencies promised to boycott entertainers caught using narcotics.
Jaycee Chan’s alleged drug offenses put his famous father in an awkward position. Jackie Chan is a high-profile figure in China and is cozy with the ruling Communist Party. In 2009, China named him an antidrug ambassador. How will he handle the fact that his son has run foul of the law?
Whether or not Chan comes to his son’s defense, many here simply assume that the offspring of the rich, connected and powerful will get preferential treatment, as is often the case. In a well-known 2010 incident, the son of an official struck and killed a college student with his car while driving drunk. As he was intercepted by police, he reportedly yelled, “Sue me if you dare, my father is Li Gang!” The phrase became one of China’s most popular Internet memes.
The consensus online seems to be that Jaycee Chan will probably get a slap on the wrist. “The world is so unfair,” wrote one frustrated netizen. “Celebrities will be forgiven and released after being held in custody in 15 days, while ordinary people may be held in custody for months or even years.”
— With reporting by Gu Yongqiang / Beijing
by Owen Hughes (@ohughes86)
It’s fair to say that I’m a self-confessed action film nut. Give me a free 90 minutes and any Jean-Claude Van Damme movie and I’ll smile and say “thanks very much”. It may be no surprise to learn then that I am also a Stallone fan; and with that, a fan of the Expendables franchise. Simon West’s light-hearted but immensely fun sequel to the more serious original (which was written by, directed by and starred Sylvester Stallone) is one of my favourite modern popcorn munching action movies.
Thursday saw the release of the third entry into Sylvester Stallone’s modern action franchise, the succinctly named, The Expendables 3. Whilst overall it’s perhaps not as impressive – in terms of critical success and box office success – as either of his Rambo or Rocky films of decades past, they do feature an impressive cast of 80’s and 90’s heroes as long as the protruding big blue veins in his large muscular arms. Amongst whom returning to Stallone’s side as he stops the latest megalomaniac (an incredibly intense Mel Gibson), are familiar faces such as the arse-kicking Jason Statham, knife-sharpening giant Dolph Lundgren and cigar-chomping Arnold Schwarzenegger. Plus, a load of other recognisable members such as Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Jet Li pop up here and there.
Joining them are a bunch of young whippersnappers (Glen Powell, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz) whose careers are only just beginning. Whilst at the other end of the experience scale sees notable newcomers Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer join the crew. If nothing else, it shows how far the series has come when it can attract stars such as Gibson and Ford, as opposed to the early incarnations with the likes of Steve Austin and Mickey Rourke taking top billing.
However, a review of The Expendables 3 this is not. For that, check out Callum’s review from this weekend! Instead, I’m pitting the original Expendables cast against the latest big name additions. One film each, best of 5, let’s see who’s indispensable to the series and who is expendable.
1. Jason Statham vs Wesley Snipes – Crank vs Demolition Man
Often seen throughout this second sequel squaring up to each other with their knife skills (and knife puns) on display, they are arguably the two actors who have the most on-screen chemistry with our chief protagonist, ol’ Sly Stallone. But who has been in the best action movie? Crank is an exhilarating non-stop self-aware adrenaline-junkie of a movie. The entire cast appear to be pumping energy drinks directly into their bloodstream. None more so of course than The Stath, spending the duration of the movie keeping his adrenaline flowing in every possible way you can think of. But what about Snipes? Demolition Man, released at a transitional time for action movies from the over-the-top kill-em-all era of the 80’s to the smarter, cooler 90’s, is everything Expendables wants to homage. Snipes’ charisma may be mostly responsible for why this movie is still so enjoyable, but let’s face it, it’s no Crank.
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To many, this won’t even be a debate. Arnie is arguably the greatest action hero we have ever seen. A genre is defined by his mere presence thanks to movies such as Terminator 2, True Lies, Total Recall and indeed the Vietnam jungle survivalist sci-fi horror, Predator. If the debate was “who is better in The Expendables 3“, then sugar-tits himself Mel Gibson would walk that contest. Unfortunately for the fresh-faced post-apocalyptic Australian Max, there is no comparison. Schwarzenegger can quite literally become an elected member of the Republican party and I’ll still turn up in the cinema to see whatever film he’s starring in these days. There’s still so much good will towards him thanks to films such as this all time classic of the genre. The man is a legend. Sorry, Mel.
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3. Dolph Lundgren vs Antonio Banderas – Showdown in Little Tokyo vs Desperado
Yes, yes. OK. I am aware that Rocky IV is Dolph’s most iconic film and quite possibly his best – I won’t even entertain suggestions of Masters of the Universe or The Punisher. But we all know Rocky IV isn’t an action movie, don’t we. Never mind that, Showdown in Little Tokyo is massively underrated. Lundgren is as wooden as he ever was in these early roles of his, but there are some brilliant stunts, one liners and his final showdown lives up to expectations. Is it better than anything in Desperado? Well, no. That would be silly. Banderas is the epitome of cool in the film that really propelled him into the English-speaking public’s conscious. The direction from Robert Rodriguez is excessive, unrelenting and fantastic; Banderas is absolutely perfect as the sexy, dark and mysterious mariachi. Not only does he steal the show in the third act of The Expendables 3, he’s stealing a point for the newcomers.
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4. Randy Couture vs Kelsey Grammer – Hijacked vs Transformers: Age of Extinction
Oh, boy. This is a close one for all the wrong reasons. Whilst you’d think the odds would be stacked against Grammer given the best action films he’s featured in outside of The Expendables 3 are directed by Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand) and Michael Bay (Trans4mers), it should be a cake-walk for his opposite number. But looking at the best films Couture has starred in, one appalling The Mummy spin-off (The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior) and a straight to video revenge movie where he’s out-shined by a 5 minute Vinnie Jones cameo (Hijacked), it’s not all that straight-forward. At least Grammer was entertaining in some rather average movies. The comeback is on!
5. Sylvester Stallone vs Harrison Ford – First Blood vs Raiders of the Lost Ark
Oh, boy. This is a close one for all the right reasons. Saving the best ’til last was meant to make this challenge easier. Instead what I’m looking at is two of Hollywood’s legends, famed more for what they bring to the screen besides what is traditionally considered “great acting”, both duking it out until the 12th round. They have a swagger, a deserved arrogance, something unquantifiable that makes them both the iconic and charismatic performers we know them as today. Comparing First Blood (the beginning of the Rambo franchise and an action movie with real emotional depth) with Raiders of the Lost Ark (the beginning of the Indiana Jones franchise and an action movie with sophistication and undeniable amusement) is just as tough. Of the two, just edging it for me would probably be First Blood. I make no apologies for this either. As good as Indy is, he’s stilla nerd isn’t he? Rambo is just.. better.
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And that’s the end of that! It seems the newcomers made a valiant effort but it’s the originals that have come out on top. We can only hope that if Jackie Chan, Nic Cage, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kurt Russell and Vin Diesel turn up in The Expendables 4, things might go a bit differently in the rematch!
Do you agree? Are you outraged by this outcome? Leave a comment below and wind Owen up.
The 32 years old Jaycee Chan, who is the son of martial arts movie star Jackie Chan has been arrested for marijuana possession at his Beijing home.
Jaycee and his friend Kai Ko, 23, were both detained by police after more than 3.5ounces of marijuana were found at Jaycee’s home.
Jaycee is the son of Hong Kong-born movie legend Jackie Chan, who rose to fame in Chinese martial arts movies, as well as U.S.-produced films such as the Rush Hour series.
Chinese police confirmed they found the drugs at Jaycee’s home and said the two arrested also tested positive for marijuana use.
Jaycee has had several run-ins with his father over the years and in 2011, Jackie Chan said he would not be leaving his fortune to his son upon his death, but donating it to charity in order to force his son to earn his own money.
Jaycee Chan the son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan has been arrested on drug-related charges, reports Chinese state media.
31-year-old Jaycee Chan, who is also an actor, and 23-year-old Taiwan movie star Kai Ko, were detained last Thursday, Beijing police said in a statement on their official microblog.
Police said both men tested positive for marijuana, with more than 100 grams of the drug found at Mr Chan’s home.
Their arrest comes amid an ongoing crackdown on drugs which has already netted several celebrity figures.
In June Chinese President Xi Jinping called for forceful measures to tackle illegal drug use.
Beijing Municipal Anti-Drug Office deputy director Jin Zhihai said that police were not specifically targeting celebrities after Chinese actor Gao Hu was arrested in August for drug possession.
If there is an increased crackdown on drugs, the number of celebrity offenders will also rise, Jin Zhihai told the Beijing Times on 14 August.
Last week, 42 artist management agencies in Beijing signed an agreement with police pledging not to recruit celebrities with reported drug use problems.
Mr Chan, whose father Jackie was named an official Narcotics Control Ambassador by Chinese police in 2009, had been put under criminal detention for the suspected crime of providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs, police said.
If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of three years.
In found guilty, Mr Ko – who is accused to consuming drugs – would receive a less severe penalty of “administrative detention” in prison which will last up to 15 days, police said.
Beijing police also said two other people, a 36-year-old assistant and a 33-year-old suspected dealer, were detained in the incident.
I feel very regretful, very sorry to all the people who support me. I’ve been a very bad example, I’ve made a very big mistake, Mr Ko said in an interview broadcast on Chinese state television on Tuesday.
Mr Chan and his father have not yet commented on the arrest.
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run time: 126 mins
considered: Action, Adventure, Thriller
director: Patrick Hughes
starring: 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, Rhonda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Jet Li
movie summary: The last time we hung out with Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his Expendables crew, they had just taken down a really bad guy for killing one of their crew. Fast forward to the present day where The Expendables are now taking jobs from Drummer (Harrison Ford), a CIA operative who contracts Barney and the guys for “off the books” jobs. When their mission to capture an arms dealer named Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) goes horribly wrong and a member of The Expendables gets gunned down, Barney decides to take matters into his own hands to bring down his former best friend and Expendables co-finder.
While the crew gather in the hospital to show support for their best friend while he clings to life, Barney calls a meeting at their bar hang out where he gets into an argument with Lee Christmas (Jason Statham). He wants to disband the group so he can go after Stonebanks by himself. Lee stands up for the rest of the guys to tell him he won’t succeed without him and it would be a suicide mission he went at it alone. Barney shrugs him off and heads to Mexico to meet his old friend Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) who works for the government training super rogue soldiers. The pair travel around North America recruiting a whole new team of Expendables, the only qualification is they need to be young, smart, and willing to risk their life. Barney begins to pick out the best candidates he meets which turn out to be Thorn (Glen Powell), Mars (Victor Ortiz), Luna (Rhonda Rousey), and Smilee (Kellen Lutz). They meet up with Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to get briefed about the mission and get loaded up with all the toys, ammunition, and weapons they will need.
The plan is capture Stonebanks at one of his art galleries where he is about to have a weapons exchange. These young new Expendables lay out a plan of attack and use new gadgets to break into the galleries security systems allowing the team easy access to the deal. Barney is impressed with their plan which goes off without a hitch. Stonebanks is drugged, bagged, and dragged away in a van. When he wakes up confronts Barney in front of everyone telling them all why he left the group and the only way to be extremely rich and powerful is to become ruthless. He activates a GPS tracker on his watch which signals to his personal army to come and get him. Barney tries his best to prevent the rescue operation but is thrown off a bridge when his team of young Expendables is captured. Hours later when Barney washes up on the shore down river he manages to escape another capture attempt before making it back to the plane to meet with Trench. When the pair touchdown back at Barney’s hangar he is greeted by Galgo (Antonio Banderas), a crazy solider who offers up his services to help take Stonebanks down. Barney is reluctant at first but with no one else to help he has no choice.
Drummer calls to inform Barney if he wants to go after Stonebanks he’s all alone with no government help. He knows this mission is a one way ticket and that he only has Galgo at his side. When they board the plane and begin to taxi down the runaway Barney is surprised to see the other Expendables blocking his path. Lee along with Doc (Wesley Snipes), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), and Toll Road (Randy Couture) are decked out in their combat uniforms armed with their guns ready to go to war. Barney picks them up and the five head to the building where the young Expendables are being held hostage to rescue them.
my thoughts: It’s been two days since I went to see Expendables 3 and all day I tried to remember the parts that stood out to me and my overall thoughts of the movie. I feel bad saying this but Expendables 3 was only made to add to its stars already bloated movie resumes while giving them a chance to fire three millions bullets at each other on top of blowing stuff up. Expendables 1 and 2 came out over the last four years and having only seen them once a piece I can say I vaguely remember them either. Most of these guys are way too old to be in engaging in fist fights, running from explosions, and acting like they were in the 1980s. Don’t get me wrong, this movie isn’t the worst movie I’ve seen in 2014 but it is far from one of the better ones.
Sylvester Stallone is 68 years old, if you don’t believe me go look it up. At that age most actors/actresses take on roles that fit their age group and are for target audiences…like Michael Douglas, Robert DeNiro, and Morgan Freeman. Stallone instead continues to march on thinking he’s invincible and can still act with the young ones. He showed his age during many parts of this movie despite the fact he is the star of it. I still laugh to this day that he managed to go toe to toe with Jean-Claude Van Damme in Expendables 2 and wasn’t surprised to see him battle it out with 58-year-old Mel Gibson. There is a moment towards the end of the movie with Stallone gets that look in his eye that there many a passing of the torch in the near future, but sadly that would require yet another Expendable movie.
Gibson is actually spot on as the ruthless power-hungry bad guy. It’s been a while since Gibson actually had a decent role in a movie and doesn’t disappoint in a movie where his name is way down at the bottom of an all-star line up. Gibson shows us that he still has the ability pull off a psycho character and make it appear to be so real. I know he’s had his issues on and off camera but this could be the shot his career needs to get a few more roles before it’s time to hang them up.
My favourite Expendable character and actor is Jason Stratham, he is young with a reputation of kicking ass in so many other movies that he is the perfect guy to be second in command. Terry Crews brings muscles and the passion to fire the biggest gun he can get his hands on. Dolph Lundgren is around because he’s still suffering from the loss in Rocky IV, but provides audiences with another psycho mentality who is willing to kill any and everything. Randy Couture is another muscle guy that actually brings some brains to the operation. Wesley Snipes is the new/old guy of the group that brings a comedic personality to an other wise stiff group of guys. Antonio Banderas is a great addition to the group for his abilities but spends the majority of his scenes talking everyone’s ears off which totally ruins his character. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a small role in the film, given his age and acting abilities these days he just stands behind a mounted machine gun and shoots anything that moves. Harrison Ford is the man behind the desk at a high government office and shows us that when lives are on the line he still has the skills to contribute to the mission.
The new guys/girl to the group are led by Kellen Lutz, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, and Rhonda Rousey. They are new blood with fresh new ideas to fight global terrorism and come equipped with toys and gadgets that the old school guys get jealous of. Should Stallone and the studio decide to make a fourth installment of this franchise, I hope all four of these new faces return to accept a passing of the torch kind of story because they are all worthy candidates.
The worse part of the movie is none of the actors but the writer’s attempt to squeeze as many bullets and action sequences into a movie. This two-hour and six-minute movie was about 30 minutes longer then it really needed to be.
my final thoughts: Expendables 3 is definitely a guy’s movie. It has everything a guy could dream of in a movie except gorgeous looking girls. There are bullets, bombs, explosions, funny one-liners, and non-stop action. Stallone and company would love for you to go see it tonight and pay full price but the fact it doesn’t stand out from the others, you could wait for a cheap day to go see it and you won’t be missing anything.
my star rating: 5 out 10
rottentomatoes.com: 35% out 100%
rogerebert.com: 3 out 4
The son of Chinese kung fu star Jackie Chan has been arrested for drug use—Jaycee Chan, 32, was detained by police in Beijing last night after testing positive for using marijuana, and could face as much as three years in prison. The arrest of Jaycee Chan, also an actor, appears to be part of a larger anti-drug campaign that is specifically targeting China’s entertainment industry, a sign that authorities may be trying to tighten their hold over one of the country’s fastest growing industries.
It’s a somewhat surprising move given the elder Chan’s connections in China, where he is a member of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body, and has long been a vocal spokesman for the Chinese political system as well as investor in mainland property and film. (Ironically, Chan was also an ambassador for China’s National Narcotics Control Commission in 2009.)
While China has cornered the market for patents on cannabis-related products, and the use of marijuana in Chinese medicine dates back thousands of years, possession of marijuana is illegal. More than 100 grams of marijuana were recovered from the younger Chan’s home, police said.
Over the past month, uniformed and plainclothes police have been launching surprise raids on bars in Beijing, forcing patrons to take urine tests, and hauling them away to local police stations if they fail. Chinese president Xi Jinping pledged this year to crack down on drug-related crimes and the government has launched a “people’s war” against narcotics. Illegal drug use has been increasing in China since the 1980s. Methamphetamines, ecstasy, and ketamine, known as k-fen, are among the most used drugs and easily bought on online forums and messaging apps like Tencent’s WeChat.
Conveniently, targeting drug abuse is also a way to remind those in China’s film, music and television industry who is boss. Over the past few years, authorities have been increasing restrictions on television stations, and video streaming sites. Censors have kept a firm hold over what’s allowed to be shown in domestic movie-making, even though critics say that may be stifling the growth of a Chinese film industry. Among those who have been detained on drug charges are reality show star Li Daimo, director Zhang Yuan, whose film Mama, about a mother raising a handicapped child without help from the state or her family was banned for two years before being released in China this year, writer and director Ning Caishen and actor Gao Hu.
So far, it appears the entertainment industry is acquiescing. Last week, a group of over 40 artist management agencies signed an agreement with police in Beijing promising that they would not hire those who had used drugs.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Cruz, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, and Sylvester Stallone. Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language. 126 minutes.
I’ve been curious about The Expendables 3 for several months now. I might’ve thought the first one was just okay, but I had a ton of fun with the second one and wanted to see if they could top it. I also thought Mel Gibson was a great choice for the new villain. But I haven’t heard a lot of buzz about it. Maybe it was the trailers, maybe it was the PG-13 rating, maybe it was Gibson’s casting, but I just haven’t heard people being excited about it. I wasn’t even really looking forward to it for some reason. But I saw it anyway, and I’ve gotta say it was the worst of the year.
Premise: After the original team is laid low, Barney Ross must form a new team to take down Conrad Stonebanks, a rogue member of the team.
Pros: My greatest hope for the movie was realized; Mel Gibson was amazing. He’s everything you could want from an action movie villain, smart, funny, and more than a little bit unbalanced, with emphasis on the last part. Yeah, Gibson goes all out in this movie, killing people without a second thought, cracking weird jokes, and just being an insane megalomaniac. The Expendables 3 proves that Mel Gibson can still be the star of the show, and I’d like to see him make a comeback. Despite the bad things he’s said, he remains a likable and interesting actor.
Some of the new cast members do a great job as well. Antonio Banderas is second only to Mel Gibson. As Galgo, he brings all of his comedic chops to the table and ultimately leaves you in stitches. I haven’t seen him do this well in a very long time. Also great is Wesley Snipes. He’s not in the movie for very long, but his every moment of screentime is dedicated to showing us that despite taking a lot of junk roles he can really knock it out of the park when he puts his mind to it.
When The Expendables 3 tries its hand at comedy, it does a fair job. Gibson has many of the best lines, playing up the hammy loose cannon persona so heavily that it’s gotta be a parody. But Banderas provides a few solid jokes, and there’s always the trademark banter between these action veterans. At times the movie worked really well…
Cons: …but most of time it doesn’t. Most of the time the main team (aside from Stallone) is sidelined for the fresh, new cast members. These newcomers are young, tough, and (aside from Kellan Lutz) terrible actors. Seriously, they were awful in this movie that I was wishing for the days when Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the villains. You could tell these guys were trying, but nothing ever came of their efforts. Even their leader, the actually sometimes talented Sylvester Stallone, is sleepwalking in this. The characters we spend most of the film with are boring and unmemorable, making for a boring and unmemorable movie.
So we have bland central characters, ones that we couldn’t care less about. As a consequence, the action is boring, and not just because of the lower rating. Most people have been coming down hard on the PG-13 rating, but I’ve been saying that you can still have great violent action without an R rating. That didn’t happen here. We don’t care about the characters, so how are we supposed to care about what’s happening to them? On the other hand, there have been movies with characters I’m apathetic toward with great action. Maybe it was the shaky camera and poor editing.
At over two hours The Expendables 3 feels about twenty minutes too long. There’s a lot of lag-time between action sequences, and the material isn’t strong enough to make it bearable. This is definitely a movie that would’ve benefited from less plot. I guess you could say that about the previous movies, but here it’s most noticeable.
Verdict: The Expendables 3 is a boring, overlong, aimless movie that not even hardcore fans of the series are likely to enjoy. There’s some good performances and some laughs, but it’s not enough to polish the turd. Skip this one.