Title – The Expendables 3 (2014)
Director – Patrick Hughes (Red Hill)
Cast – Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Ronda Rousey
Plot – Barney Ross (Stallone) and his team of expendables must tackle their greatest foe yet, ex member Stonebanks (Gibson). Will this rag tag team of action junkies be able to come out tops?
“You were stupid enough to get yourself into this mess! And we’re the only ones crazy enough to get you out of it!”
Review by Eddie on 15/08/2014
Like any joke that was once funny or warmly received but slowly became worn out and intrusive the more you heard/said it, the third entry into the Expendables franchise has now sadly become nothing more than a tired, tame and predictable action flick with not an ounce of charm or wit and becomes a quite arduous 2 hour experience thanks to its lacklustre performances and irksome direction by Australian Patrick Hughes. Without question everyone here looks bored and subsequently you will be bored as well.
With the Expendables previous entries it’s not like the first two films were standout examples of the action genre, but the first film had a real novelty value and a sense of humour to boot while the 2nd film actually became a hugely enjoyable guilty pleasure with a care free attitude. This 3rd film completely fails to justify a reason for being as its shown visibly by most involved that they couldn’t care less if they tried. Boasting additions to the cast including recently freed from prison Wesley Snipes, crazed drunkard Mel Gibson, fast talking Puss in Boots himself Antonio Banderas and cash strapped from divorce proceedings Kelsey Grammer, not to mention a raft of other bit players that really didn’t need to be there, The Expendables 3 tries to jam pack proceedings with novelty factors and overcome a bored looking returning cast but fails at what previous entries did which was remain entertaining.
The story within this tale is so utterly pointless it’s hard to see how it was stretched to 2 hours but somehow the setup of the Expendables going after ex member and now bad man Stonebanks played by the increasingly bland Gibson is not enough to warrant the running time. There are slight moments that work throughout here such as a few nice action set pieces staged sadly far too early then far too late and a few cheap one liners get a chuckle or two “I’m the knife before Christmas” but with a focus on too much Stallone and his new young recruits and not enough of the stars we are promised in the trailer, this seems like nothing more than a direct to DVD affair and whenever the focus turns to the screenplay things get hideously bad. It’s a shame that director Hughes (director of the upcoming American Raid remake, have mercy on our poor souls!) who showed potential with his Australian debut Red Hill can’t enliven proceedings more but it’s unquestionable that the film lacks a huge sense of pizazz or sense of occasion from both behind the camera and in front of it.
One thinks that after this effort this against all odds trilogy has lived it’s last day and if by chance they make the rounds again, results may be well and truly beyond a joke as this one barely survives becoming an out and out fail thanks to its overall sense of complacency and ability to play to the rulebook at every given moment. No longer dependable, this franchise is officially expendable.
1 and a half missing Chuck Norris’s out of 5