The Expendables 3 is Thrice the Schlock
Stallone adds a couple of unknown under 30s to his crowded roster of aging action stars in the third instalment.
The Expendables 3: Rated PG-13, 127 min. Directed by 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, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Jet Li, Robert Davi.
A parade of near has-beens and fresher recruits populates this international action jamboree. The third entry in this franchise is as monotonous and forgettable as its drab and prophecy-fulfilling title seems to indicate. Sylvester Stallone is still at the helm of the mercenary black-ops crew hired by the CIA, but although he directed the first scrappy entry in this franchise and had a hand in co-writing all three, Stallone is outgunned by a flotilla of aging action stars and newbie reinforcements in this scattershot configuration. Some characters pop in and pop out with little rhyme or reason, and all except Stallone’s Barney Ross have catchy monikers – and by the end of the adventure, matching tattoos, our era’s emblem of the New Sincerity.
Lots of stuff blows up and innumerable kills whiz by, which puts The Expendables 3 in that awkward spot which kowtows to a PG-13 rating while also subverting everything the rating was meant to shield. What the movie ultimately demonstrates is that the sum total is less than the individual parts when you add together Rocky, the Terminator, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, Blade, Zorro, Hercules, and the Transporter.
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