The Expendables 3 (12A) / Director: Patrick Hughes / Screenplay: Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Sylvester Stallone / Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Kellen Lutz, Ronda Rousey
Sly Stallone’s Expendables franchise returns for another outing, but this time there’s some new blood thrown into the mix. After rescuing Snipes’ Doc during the opening sequence, it doesn’t take long before presumed-dead arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), one of the founders of the Expendables team, turns up and takes aim for his former brothers. With their behinds handed to them, Stallone’s Barney Ross decides that his team are now on the wane, that they’re past it, and that he can’t put their lives in jeopardy any further. From there, Ross, seeking the assistance of Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer), decides to bring in a team of fresh faces to help him take revenge on Stonebanks and to bring him down for good.
The Expendables 3 is exactly what you would expect it to be. There’s lots of explosions, lots of weaponry, lots of familiar action heroes, lots of cheesy dialogue, and a whole host of machismo seeping through the screen. When it was announced that this threequel was to be a 12A, many were concerned. Fear not, for the film still manages to have a tough edge to it, although some of the more gory kills of the last two movies are obviously held back here and a lot of the violence is shot with quick-cuts or off-camera actions. Still, the movie doesn’t suffer for this and the action is as amped up as you would hope.
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