Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Ronda Rousey
Directed by: Patrick Hughes
Welp, I decided to go to the movies today for something to do and I ended up seeing, “Expendables 3”. I know I said I was gonna pass on it and wait for DVD rental but I changed my mind. On with my review:
Plot/Synopsis: Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
After seeing this film, I can see why the movie flopped in the box office. It was definitely the PG-13 rating that turned people away from seeing it. Since this film is a PG-13 rating, you’re gonna see less blood and less swearing. The first two Expendables films were very successful ’cause they had a lot of blood and swearing, this one didn’t. This one was more family-friendly.
Still though, I thought the film was pretty good. Not the best of the trilogy but “Expendables 3” was fun. That’s all it is. Of course, it’s action packed all the way through. Even if there is not a lot of blood and swearing, the action scenes were still a blast to watch, though.
I had more fun seeing all the stars… wow… it had everybody in it pretty much. All the big icons. Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer and actor Robert Davi (formerly known as Jake Fratelli in the “Goonies”) had a surprising cameo appearance. It was pretty cool to see Sly re-team with Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas. Those two guys teamed with Sly in past films before. I thought Ronda Rousey, the now UFC star and undefeated women’s champion did a pretty good job in her first major film role. I’m a huge fan of Ronda Rousey.
Like usual the plot was pretty simple and predictable. Arnold usually does his funny one-liners and he did his “Get To The Choppa” catchphrase in this film which was funny.
My question is that there was this one scene where Antonio Banderas was telling a story to Sly’s character, Barney and Antonio said this line, “We waited for support. No one ever came. Everybody died” — did Sly inspire that scene off the Sept 12th, 2012 – Benghazi attack??? Has Sly been paying attention to the Benghazi story since Benghazi got a reference in this film? That scene kind of got me scratching my head a little bit but it was a cool scene, though.
With all this being said, this wasn’t a bad Expendables movie. I just wished they kept the R rating. My other disappointment was that Jet Li got very little screen time which is understandable since this movie is so crowded with so many big stars.
I’m gonna rate these movie reviews a little different from now on and I’m gonna give this movie a score of: 3/5 as in “good”.
This wasn’t the best “Expendables” movie. Which film of the trilogy that I thought was the best film? I thought “Expendables 2” was the best so far simply because of JCVD and Chuck Norris.
I’m glad I got to see “Expendables 3” today.