Full disclosure, I enjoyed the first two Expendables movies. “But Bryce! How could you love such a terrible cash grab of movie franchise?” you ask. All I can say is I went in expecting to see my favorite action stars getting in unbelievable situations and delivering classic one-liners in a tongue in cheek fashion and that’s exactly what I got. Were they movies good? NO WAY! But, were they entertaining? Yes. Though I agree the franchise is just an attempt to capitalize on nostalgia and would better be titled The Geriatrics, I’m a sucker for a silly action movie.
For those who don’t know the Expendables combines all the biggest action heroes of the 80’s and 90’s in a super group with big personalities, big attitudes and big guns MERICA! I’d list them all out but that would be a paragraph in itself. The first two movies were full of self-aware tongue in cheek humor and fun over the top action set pieces, exactly what you’d expect from a movie with 12 of the biggest names in action. The Expendables 3 is something different, still self-aware but a little more serious, did it work? well…. yes?
Expendables 3 primarily features Mel Gibson and Sylvester Stallone ex-friends now mortal enemies in a battle to end their friendship, permanently. Expendables 3, written and directed by good ol’ Sly Stallone himself is understandably thin on story and dialogue. However, in the movies defense, if you’re there for a good story and dialogue you’ve probably made several other poor choices in your life that led thinking this would be possible. In E3, Stallone, in an effort to keep his aging friends safe, recruits a group of tough muscle bound lads and Antonia Banderas to fight with him. Unfortunately, this takes away from the nostalgic aspect of previous films and infers that he doesn’t care if these kids die, which isn’t the best… What follows is a subpar action movie with a good villain and a been there done that plot with random cameos throughout. Are there cool battle scenes? Yes! Does each young expendable have a moment to shine? Yes! Do you still get to see old dudes taking out young dudes? Yes! Does it make the movie worth ten dollars? Sadly, no.
The Expendables 3 will be fun to watch with your friends if you know what you’re getting. Over the top action, thin story, mediocre acting and much less blood and one-liners than prior entries. I suppose I forgot to mention, Expendables 3 is rated PG-13 much to the dismay of many people, it did not bother me, but it’s good to know I suppose. For a full content breakdown check out the Plugged in Online review and the IMDB Parents Guide.
Many critics are divided on this movie. Some lament the PG-13 rating and lack of “old guy” cast, others see Expendables 3 as a step in the right direction for the franchise. Where do you stand? Did you see Expendables 3? Do you want to? Leave us your thoughts below!