Movie Review – The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3
Directed by Patrick Hughes
Courtesy of Lionsgate
Release Date: November 25, 2014

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I can’t figure out how anybody could dislike THE EXPENDABLES franchise, especially if they are a child of the 80s, like me. Seeing some of my favorite action heroes from that period back on the silver screen, doing what they do best, is a huge treat. Sylvester Stallone has truly created an epic comeback for himself and many of these other aging film icons. The latest installment, THE EXPENDABLES 3, is probably my favorite of the trilogy, and I hope it has laid the groundwork for future films.

If you are not familiar with THE EXPENDABLES 3, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Lionsgate:

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone) faces off with an old enemy and must fight old blood with new blood, bringing in a new era of Expendables who are younger and faster. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in The Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

There are so many things to like about this franchise. But the nostalgia factor is one of its biggest assets. The filmographies of the cast would total several hundred strong (probably closer to a thousand, to be honest), and that is a true testament to the talent this trilogy contains.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 is shot very well and looks excellent onscreen. The production value appears to be very high, which is certainly good because anything less would ruin the film. I particularly like the variety of shooting locations this film boasts, which includes Bulgaria and Romania, as well as the United States.

The acting is exactly the way it should be: cheeky but intense. Every star gives an exceptional performance, both with the dramatic and action roles. This is part of what makes the series so successful; it’s not just about gunfire and explosions…it has a heart as well.

But the action is definitely what makes THE EXPENDABLES 3 so fun. This third installment does not disappoint in that area at all. There’s plenty of battle scenes, and they are as monumental in scope as they are in entertainment. But the fights do not just consist of people shooting at each other. These are complex, carefully orchestrated encounters that combine hand-to-hand combat with gunfire and explosives. The result is an amazing experience that will take your breath away.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 is a huge win for me, and I highly recommend it to everyone. The action is intense, the fighting is gritty, and the characters are likable, even the bad guys! You just can’t ask for much more out of an action film. If you’ve never checked out THE EXPENDABLES franchise before, now is the perfect time to get involved. This film hits store shelves next week, so that gives you plenty of time to tear through the first two. You won’t be disappointed.


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