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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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.
At this point, the Expendables have formed and reformed so many times they're like the world's most macho wife swap, the action version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.
For a variety of reasons, most having to do with a weak screenplay and poor pacing, The Expendables 3 is the least successful entry in the series.
The series did reignite a few careers and bring forth one decent popcorn movie (The Expendables 2). Rather than artificially extend its life, maybe the time has come to say Rest in Peace.
Audience Reviews for The Expendables 3
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.
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.
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|Barney Ross:||Don't trust the government. They eat their young.|
|Barney Ross:||Now I know why your team dropped you.|
|Conrad Stonebanks:||You want the kids? Come and get them.|