Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture
Rambo. Indiana Jones. The Terminator. Blade. Chev Chelios. Zorro. The Universal Soldier. Martin Riggs. The third and potentially final Expendables movie adds more big named actors with crazy character names and more carnage in what proves to be a below-par outing for the world’s most loved action heroes. Initiating the film with a helicopter attacking a train to free Snipes, The Expendables 3 is filled with action scenes and then switches to become a drama. Though the action seems to be the majority of the film, there are only four sequences: the beginning, the attack on Gibson, the second attack on Gibson, and the third attack on Gibson.
Unlike the previous instalments, this film has some sort of plot. Gibson used to be an Expendable but turned evil. The current gang are ordered to take him out but fail. Stallone decides he’ll use from fresh recruits instead and they get captured. Then he brings back the old cast to save the day. If the new faces are meant to be the next generation of breakout action stars then this isn’t a great way of showing it as no one really cares what happens to them.
Expect the usual jokes at the expense of these seasoned veterans (yes there is a ‘Get to the Chopper’ reference) but expect to be disappointed. Opting for the 12A rating instead of a 15 like in the first two films, The Expendables 3 aims to be more of a family comedy then the hardcore action movies that these actors are usually seen in. Although the other films in this saga contained poor acting and even worse dialogue that is a throwback to the action movies of old, this film doesn’t even have the action sequences to back it up. The majority of action happens in the last third of the film which is all killing without a drop of blood being shed. At least the film answers the age old question “Can Stallone outrun a collapsing building?”
Dwayne Johnson went on the record during his AMA that he wants to take The Expendables down one by one. Seeing how he’s breathed life into the G.I. Joe and Fast & Furious franchises, it’d be fun to see The Rock work his movie viagra with The Expendables.