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The Expendables 3 Reviews

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½ April 19, 2018
Still worst of the series, but good action
April 16, 2018
I absolutely loved it the second time watching it. The additions of Gibson, Snipes and Ford was incredible. It was amazing to see all of the legends on screen at the same time.
½ April 11, 2018
the plot is so weak it's in large a farce of firefights featuring aged action stars whose roles feel wholly inadequate and daft given the scale of the cast. a few, like gibson, operate with jollity. but such unremitting remissness of ideas especially won't wash with less famous faces.
March 14, 2018
Good fun action movie with a great cast in typical Expendables fashion, along with a better story line from the 2nd one
½ January 1, 2018
The Expendables 3 tries to juggle a giant cast and a bland plot, all while degrading the colorful action to a PG-13 rating.
½ November 23, 2017
When you find the perfect balance in EX2, its only natural to scrap all that and fail miserably with a brand new direction for a franchise. Ignoring the fact that the "new blood" of younger actors and real life fighters who can't act was a disaster to add to the movie, the new lighter tone which tried to get kids watching is just mind boggling. Mel Gibson made a good addition as the villain, as did Wesley Snipes, and its only the veteran action stars chemistry that saves this from being Stallone's worst ever movie. Unforgivably, for the 3rd movie running, he makes sure the half his age younger female is pining for him by the end of the movie. If EX4 is to happen, somebody else needs to take the creative lead on it. Major disappointment.
October 4, 2017
Once again, not nearly as good as it ought to be. Stallone just keeps getting in the way, putting himself in the star position when others might carry the weight. The villain is two dimensional (again). What's the point of being Expendable if no one dies? And they fold at the first sign of adversity? Nah, too much self-pity in this for my taste.
August 21, 2017
Regardless of the critics, and other than the needless inclusion of the younger crew, this film had it all with Ford, Banderas, & Snipes joining the old crew, all that was missing was Willis and the legendary Chuck Norris returning for this outing. And Gibson's maverick arms dealer/ex-mercenary partner, Stonebanks was a villain worthy of closing out the trilogy, exuding menace and malice well.
½ August 20, 2017
Expendables 3's PG13 rating restricted the film's action way too much
½ August 12, 2017
Worst in the series.
August 9, 2017
Lotta action. Lousy story.
June 11, 2017
The weak movie of the trilogy, it is not the worst action movie but it is still a stand out shot em up movie.
May 1, 2017
Grade - C+
I honestly didn't hate this movie. It didn't reach the so-called 'heights' of the second movie, but it's still entertaining and a fun way to turn off your brain.
½ March 22, 2017
These movies aren't getting any better, just need to call it off.
March 11, 2017
These movies are what they are, action thrillers and sarcastic wit. This group played well together!
February 11, 2017
I love this movie series. Here we get a nice blend of old and new members of the team, tons of explosive action, and a sense of family and honor among those assumed to have no honor. Just enough comedy amongst the group to break up the scenes that could get maudlin. As always, the only place you will see some of these older action stars in movies these days. Great stuff.
½ January 3, 2017
Better than the 2nd, but not close to the first.
December 30, 2016
Not good movie to watch, horrible and waste of time
½ December 24, 2016
Let's get this elephant in the room out of the way right now: trimming the content of "The Expendables 3" in order to secure a PG-13 rating was a huge mistake.

Let's assess. It's the third film in a to-that-point successful series. The first two were rated R (pretty "hard" R's too, if I remember correctly). After all, the series is about a grizzled team of mercenaries that find themselves doing the CIA's dirty, very violent cleanup work. What exactly made the filmmakers think it was a good idea to give the next film a PG-13 rating? Now obviously, this was an attempt to make more money by appealing to a younger audience. didn't. And that's because the first two movies were not made for a younger audience. Fans of the first two movies most likely fell into an older demographic; specifically, they were probably people who grew up watching the all-star cast members' individual movies in the '80's and '90's, during the time when the coveted "younger audience" would have been in diapers (if they were born at all). So the "younger audience" was indifferent to a brand they knew very little about, and the "older audience" likely didn't appreciate their more hardcore movies getting toned down for the kiddies.

And not one person involved in the production of this thing thought about this?

Of course, the toning down of the movie also serves to further highlight the bizarre reasonings of the MPAA. Scores of people get killed in "The Expendables 3," by bullets, blades, explosives, name it. But because there's no spray of blood or the characters don't drop f-bombs while doing so, the film snags the lower rating.

Okay then.

The rating blunder was obviously a mistake, but I'd argue that it's hardly the movie's biggest problem. (After all, the theatrical version of "Live Free or Die Hard" was an absolute blast, and it's light years better than the R-rated follow-up "A Good Day to Die Hard.") "The Expendables 3" is just not nearly as much fun as it should be; there's nothing special about any of the set-pieces, too often many of the characters are given nothing to do, and the story is uninspired, even for this kind of fare.

In fact, much of the movie hits many of the same notes as its superior predecessor. Once again, we open with Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross leading his ragtag group of hired guns to rescue an imprisoned comrade. Shortly after, the team encounters a psychotic villain (this time played by Mel Gibson) who takes out a member of their team, leaving Barney very angry. The rest of the movie basically focuses on his quest for vengeance. The major difference this time though is that he sidelines his old squad (consisting of series vets Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture, and newcomer Wesley Snipes) in favor of younger, sexier recruits (including Rhonda Rousey and Kellan Lutz).

This is also a misstep. There are too many characters as it is, and it doesn't make much sense to cast aside the characters we've seen in the previous movies to make room for newer, prettier and--let's face it--essentially interchangeable models. Maybe we should be focusing on returning players to try and give them some depth. Randy Couture has been in all three movies, and I still can't tell you one defining characteristic of his role. He's always just there, another entity in the background.

The same could be said for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li, whose presence feels perfunctory, at best. I really get the sense that they're in this movie solely because they were in the previous two. Their characters don't really serve much of a purpose, and Jet Li doesn't even get to do any kung-fu stunts. What's the point?

The bright spots in the film mostly involve individual performances. Gibson has a few great moments, sinking his teeth into the scenery with gleeful intensity (though the role is very similar to the one he played in "Machete Kills"). But the best moments belong to Antonio Banderas as a motormouthed, overzealous mercenary who desperately wants to join the Expendables team. Of all the new characters, he's really the only one who makes an impression. Should there be an "Expendables 4," I'd be very displeased if he were not in it (particularly if empty characters like Couture's are allowed to return).

After the raucously enjoyable ride that was "The Expendables 2," "The Expendables 3" is a thudding disappointment. Boring set-pieces, lame jokes, useless characters, a neutered rating...the worst part is that many of its mistakes could've been easily rectified.
Super Reviewer
½ December 12, 2016
After the success of the sequel, everyone knew the Expendables was destine to become a trilogy, because after all, there were still a few action stars who hadn't gotten in on the action (pardon the pun). This time however things did get a little out of hand, as one can see by the enormous cast in the movies poster. the Expendables added something this time around that the other two films were severely lacking in, comedy, whether it was intentional or not. Included in this were how Barney's team had to be bigger than ever to fight the baddest guy of them all, Mel Gibson. Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzenegger taking part in a machine gun battle from a golf cart, since they obviously can't run anymore, and they even managed to sneak in a joke about Wesley Snipes being in prison for not paying his taxes. New editions included Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Ronda Rousey, and various other UFC personalities, leading to a lot more hand to hand stuff than in previous films, but much like the other films, the third installment of the Expendables was an action junkies dream come true. There were non-stop explosions, gun battles, and bodies, all surrounded by a very thin and improbable story. We don't watch these movies for the story or even the characters, we watch these films simply for the adrenaline rush. In that context alone, Expendables 3 hits the target every time, but if you're looking for a good story, great performances, or even a reason behind the madness, then you're watching the wrong series. When it comes to the Expendables think less Die Hard and more Michael Bay.
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