Movie Review: The Expendables 3

 

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When you put on an Expendables movie, you know to expect a few things. There will be guns, fire, explosions, fights, and a body count. And just like with its predecessors, The Expendables 3 delivers on all of the above in heaping amounts.

The Expendables 3 brings back Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his misfit team of mercenaries (Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews) for another action adventure. This time around, the crew is out to free former Expendable Doc (Wesley Snipes). They get the job done but run into Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) once again and he critically injures one of the crew.

After this, Barney decides to fire the old team and put together a younger squad to take down Stonebanks once and for all. But Barney is told to keep him alive and he escapes and captures the new recruits. Desperate to save the new guys and put an end to Stonebanks, Barney goes after them with some old friends and a few new allies as well.

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The Expendables 3 does a great job of mixing the usual cast with a set of fresh faces as well. Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, and Victor Ortiz do their jobs as the new recruits and manage to fit in just well. Returning actors Stallone, Lundgren, Statham, Couture, Crews, Li, Gibson, and Schwarzenegger haven’t lost a step and do what they do best.

Snipes fits in good with the rest of the gang and it was good to see him back in a movie. Kelsey Grammer was a surprise in here but was very good in his role. And Harrison Ford showed Star Wars fans that he can still get it done. But maybe the best role in the movie was that of Galgo, played by Antonio Banderas. Banderas kicked as much ass as anyone else in the movie but also added plenty of laughs with his character’s crazy traits.

If you are looking for a deep, gritty story with more twists and turns than guns and grenades, The Expendables 3 will probably let you down. The story is very simple. And there are no shockers or twists here. But if you want an action movie in the vein of Commando, Rambo, or Lethal Weapon, then this is the movie for you. Whenever I have watched all of the Expendables movies, I get taken back to a time when it was more about the guns than the brains. Outsmarting someone in those days just meant setting up a trip wire. It is action movie nostalgia. And sometimes there is nothing better than that.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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