The Expendables 3 (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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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|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure|
|Directed By:||Patrick Hughes|
|Written By:||Katrin Benedikt, Creighton Rothenberger, Sylvester Stallone|
|In Theaters:||Aug 15, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Nov 25, 2014|
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Critic Reviews for The Expendables 3
The movie borrows so liberally from other action films that it starts to feel at times a bit like a BuzzFeed listicle.
Its most interesting lines are on the foreheads of its stars, more than ever imbuing the film with the kind of world weariness that can't be faked.
The Expendables 2 (2012) was somehow a marked improvement, with better action and more downtime between characters ... but it was less of a hit. And now THE EXPENDABLES 3 moves back in the wrong direction again.
Audience Reviews for The Expendables 3
The third installment of the star-studded-mercenary-faction continues to bring in all the thrills you'd come to know from the franchise as well as the flaws. (Second-rate CGI/effects & the usual cheesy, nostalgic one-liners.) But if you're in to the explosive action with no substance & a surplus of star power, then this film's for you. 3.5/5
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.
The explosions and guns are peppered throughout this bad boy, but it suffers from being less gory than the first one and less silly fun than the second. It's highest redeeming factor is Gibson's surprisingly potent performance.
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