The Expendables 3

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Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados -- but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.



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In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come 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. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production. (C) Lionsgate


Sylvester Stallone
as Barney Ross
Jason Statham
as Lee Christmas
Jet Li
as Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren
as Gunnar Jensen
Mel Gibson
as Conrad Stonebanks
Kellan Lutz
as John Smilee
Terry Crews
as Hale Caesar
Randy Couture
as Toll Road
Kelsey Grammer
as Bonaparte
Daniel Angelov
as Local Cop #2
Dimitar Doichinov
as Head Bodyguard
Boswell Maloka
as Somali Drug Warlord
Natalie Burn
as Conrad's Wife
Velizar Binev
as Art Broker
Sarai Givaty
as Camilla
Frank Pesce
as Fight Watcher
Thomas Canestrano
as Conrad's Henchman
Thomas Canestraro
as Conrad's Henchman
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  • Dec 12, 2016
    After the success of the sequel, everyone knew the Expendables was destine to become a trilogy, because after all, there were still a few action stars who hadn't gotten in on the action (pardon the pun). This time however things did get a little out of hand, as one can see by the enormous cast in the movies poster. the Expendables added something this time around that the other two films were severely lacking in, comedy, whether it was intentional or not. Included in this were how Barney's team had to be bigger than ever to fight the baddest guy of them all, Mel Gibson. Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger taking part in a machine gun battle from a golf cart, since they obviously can't run anymore, and they even managed to sneak in a joke about Wesley Snipes being in prison for not paying his taxes. New editions included Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Ronda Rousey, and various other UFC personalities, leading to a lot more hand to hand stuff than in previous films, but much like the other films, the third installment of the Expendables was an action junkies dream come true. There were non-stop explosions, gun battles, and bodies, all surrounded by a very thin and improbable story. We don't watch these movies for the story or even the characters, we watch these films simply for the adrenaline rush. In that context alone, Expendables 3 hits the target every time, but if you're looking for a good story, great performances, or even a reason behind the madness, then you're watching the wrong series. When it comes to the Expendables think less Die Hard and more Michael Bay.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2016
    After the mediocre first and insultingly stupid second part this one finally delivers what the series always set out to do: elderly action stars in ironic, fun action scenes. The humor works much better here and doesn't feel as forced as before and the new additions are great. Especially Gibson obviously had fun with his villain role. Sure, this still isn't one of the smartest films ever made and it certainly wouldnt have needed the young additions. But at least the film is fun and thoroughly entertaining, unlike the stupid second part.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2015
    Expendables 3 hits on all the familiar notes with an over-the-top approach befitting of the franchise. It's loud, frantically kinetic, and mostly enjoyable, yet also derivative and a bit ho-hum considering what came before it. The cameos are non-stop, and the additions of Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson are more impressive on paper than in reality, feeling underutilized in a rather incoherent script, even for Expendables standards. To be sure, it doesn't pretend to be more than it is, a dumb B action movie, and there is plenty of that, yet nothing more.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2015
    Patrick Hughes blows it all with The Expendables 3. Opening with balls to the walls action, the 120 minute story grasps hard at the start and again at the finish, leaving a little bit of a breather in between. The film has its ups and downs with the light plot and its lefts and rights with the action, going both old school and new school with its characters. The body count is high and the action is over the top explosive bundled with some hit and miss CG. The violence is mild, however, leading to a PG-13 rating. The plethora of characters may seem like a chore to follow, but it really isn't that bad, especially with little in the way of background. Sylvester Stallone carries the film on his back, while everyone else is along for the ride. Ronda Rousey is a fresh female face in a sea of male characters. Antonio Banderas is a scene stealer in his own right. The Expendables 3 isn't afraid to let it loose, and while this takes away some of the seriousness, it's all good clean fun in the end.
    JY S Super Reviewer

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