Posted by: koolcampus | August 21, 2014

“THE EXPENDABLES 3” (2014) Movie Review. The OLDIES battling the BADDIES again. What’s NEW, pussycat?



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As the camera zooms in for facial shots, it is clear that time has taken its toil on the senior actors. You see the deep lines on their foreheads and the tell-tale wrinkles burrowed around their eyes.

Metaphorically, our ageing heroes are battling off the ravages of bygone years.


It has little to offer in terms of plot and content. The same shoot-shoot-bang-bang with loads of loud explosions in accompaniment are all back. You’ll be treated to pure nonsensical action all the way!

The plot is a mishmash of the previous chapter.

There’s little you can do in terms of dangerous stunts where the old heroes are not up to it. Body doubles and stuntmen, what.

 Stallone (Barney Ross) and his mercenaries, including Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, are back with a vengeance.

Their mission?

To stage a prison break for one of their founding members, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes).

 A CIA biggie (Harrison Ford) suggests to Stallone (Barney Ross) to acquire and train a young energetic team in the likes of Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, boxer Victor Ortiz and mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey. Point taken.

The movie’s hilarious moments come from Wesley Snipes, who takes a dig at his tax-evasion sentence, and a sour-faced Mel Gibson, soaking in his role as chief villain.

Antonio Banderas who still maintains a certain charm and youthfulness tries too hard to be a practical joker.

And as for Jet Li, this Chinese martial-arts star has about a dozen words of dialogue.

The movie is directed by Aussie Patrick Hughes.

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, is someone being marked for Barney’s death list.

He eluded death once before, is now having  devious plans to end the Expendables members. 

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.

And how do I rate the movie?

Not my genre of entertainment, but to be fair, there are some amazing stuff if you just go for the entertainment and don’t dig dirt.

A well-worn plot with a cast that has depth and credibility with an air of dainty ruthlessness. Old stars have to act like big unforgotten stars of yester years.

It’s a cool, deadpan roller coaster ride to hell.

Is it not?

RATING: 3 out of 5

Local Distributor: TGV PICTURES

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