The Expendables 3 follows the story of Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), and his crew of soldiers, consisting of Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner Jensen (Dolp Lundgren), Caesar (Terry Crews), Toll Road (Randy Couture), Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the newly founded Doc (Wesley Snipes). After they discover that the villainous Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) is still alive after supposedly being dead for several years, the crew seek the aid of a younger group of Expendables to assist in the take down of Barney's old enemy.
When going into The Expendables 3, you know what you're getting into. The Expendables franchise knows that they're not good movies. They know that they're not going to get any recognition come awards season, and they couldn't care less. Their reason for existence is purely so they can entertain and, boy, do they do so. I am not going to hammer into this film, even if at times it feels like I am, but I'm not going to praise the film either. It is what it is and that's an entertaining action movie, and a decent enough way to kill a couple of hours.
The action is fast, exciting and testosterone built! The Expendables 3 ups the action of the previous two films by a long-shot. Although there are multiple characters that appear in the film solely to shoot a few people and say a cool one-liner, it's undeniably awesome. Half of the actors that appear on the poster to the right, are just on there so the film can say they managed to get this big star in the film, but I couldn't care less. Throughout all these explosions, shoot outs, chases and crashes, none can compare to the thrills that are brought upon in the film's finale. The final showdown, although heavily advertised, has to be one of the most entraining twenty minutes of the entire franchise.
The film is very predictable. I don't know if it's even considered negative for a modern action film to be predictable, or if it's become so common that it's just a part of the genre. Nevertheless, The Expendables 3 is both predictable and clichéd. Everything from the "you're too old" jokes, to the dialogue, to the ending, to the way that they try to stir a reaction out of us. We've seen it all before, but, like I've previously said, it's a f***ing Expendables movie so shut up and enjoy.
The film's budget was, presumably, spent on hiring actors rather than getting decent special effects. There were so many times when I was taken out of the moment of the film simply due to the lousy effects. In this special effects driven world, seeing a CGI helicopter isn't considered a part of the norm. Of all the rubbish effects, there was one that annoyed me the most, and unfortunately appeared the most frequently. As the film was aiming for a lower classification, every time blood spurts from a character, the blood has been digitally altered to look like dust. This is what I hated most about the film by a long shot.
To sum up, The Expendables 3 is exactly what it looks like. It's got fun and exciting action, the finale in particular, but it's also a very predictable and clichéd film with a budget that was blown hiring actors rather than on special effects.
2 1/2 Stars