Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes
Release Date: Aug 15, 2014
Rated: PG-13 for Language, Intense Sustained Gun Battles, Fight Scenes and Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min.
By this point in time you come to expect certain things from the Expendables movies. The third entry starts off well with a rollicking, if a tad silly, action sequence that brings back Wesley Snipes to the screen. Honestly, I didn’t know I missed Snipes that much but he perks up the first 20 minutes of the movie with an energetic charisma that’s hard to ignore. After that sequence, the film turns into a bit of slog as we’re slowly introduced to new recruits, none of which have even the tiniest bit of screen charisma, with the characters we’ve come to know relegated to wait off screen. The biggest sin isn’t that these characters are faceless and just there to serve the plot, it’s that during this extended sequence nothing happens. There lots of exposition with Frasier popping up to throw some zingers at the plastic corpse that is Stallone but very little action or fun. It’s honestly the films biggest drawback because the whole sequence could have been done in about 10 minutes so we could bring back the established fun characters or the other new additions like Antonio Banderas who’s hilarious as a motor mouth killer looking for a new team. Once the final action sequence starts, you remember why your watching this film, lots over the top action with fun characters and crazy eyed Mel Gibson hamming it up as the villain of the piece. That’s all I was really looking for in this franchise.