MOVIE REVIEW: The Expendables 3

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 01:52 PM CDT
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By Jerrod Kingery

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford
Directed by: Patrick Hughes (Red Hill)
Written by: Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) and Creighton Rothenberger (Olympus Has Fallen) and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen)

The movies in "The Expendables" series should be tons more fun than they actually are. They should be winking so much at the audience that you think they're in some sort of distress. After all, why gather up all these action movie old timers and various MMA stars in the first place if all you're going to do is throw them into a plot that seems leftover from some direct-to-Netflix action flick they'd be starring in anyway even without the combined '80s star power of your Stallones and Schwarzeneggers? Not that a spoof mentality or comedic take on the genre of '80s action cheese is what this assemblage of actors should aspire to, but man, would it kill the filmmakers to turn out something a touch less dour and routine?

The third film in the franchise opens with Barney Ross (Stallone) leading his team of grizzled warriors on a mission to rescue their long-lost compatriot Doc (Wesley Snipes) from a prison train. After busting him out, the Expendables are sent by Drummer (Harrison Ford, snoozing) to take down a villainous warlord revealed to be Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson, digging into the role with glee) who also happens to be a cofounder of The Expendables. When his team fails, Barney fires them and decides it's time for some new blood, soliciting Kelsey Grammar to recruit a quartet of bland youngsters who are promptly captured. So once again it is time for the old dogs-plus Antonio Banderas as a scene-stealing newcomer--to save the day and take out the bad guy.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Expendables 3

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