Film Expendables 3 poster

Published on August 16th, 2014 | by Anthony Price

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Expendables 3 Review

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Hello Consumers.  Today I get the privilege of  stepping out of my little Anime world to give you a review of the latest offering from Stallone and Co. with Expendables 3.  For those of you that have been living in a cave, Expendables is an ensemble film featuring all of the biggest action stars of the 80’s, plus a few UFC fighters thrown in to the mix.  The franchise has spawn three films with the third being the newest.  This time around, the story follows the mercenary group known as “The Expendables” as they come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), the Expendables’ co-founder, who is determined to destroy the team.  It’s that simple.  Check out the trailer below.



 

In comparison to the other Expendables films, this outing seemed to have dialed down the action and violence in favour of a more conservative approach.  Yes, shit still gets blown up, but it’s done with a more 12A mind set than the previous installments.  This isn’t to say The Expendables 3 is a worse off film for it, although I’m sure many die hard action fans would disagree.  If anything, I think it’s refreshed the format making it much more enjoyable than Expendables 2, which felt like a re-hash of the first film and bored me slightly.  This film did exactly what it was supposed to do; it entertained me.  If,  like me, you’re old enough to remember the 80’s, it was a time when films didn’t strive to have a deeper meaning.  They didn’t try to be life changing.  They were fun, entertaining and films in this particular genre never took themselves too seriously.  And Expendables 3 certainly fits that mold.  The cast are fantastic at what they do, including the new comers, even though they don’t get much screen time,  and it was great to see Mel Gibson back to his best as the villain.  If anything, it would be easier to suggest that Gibson lifts the entire proceedings.  Antonio Banderas is also one to mention.  The character he plays is just brilliant.  I didn’t actually realise just how funny the actor can be.

A picture of Mel Gibson

There isn’t a lot you can really say about the Expendables as a film.  It is what it is; thin on plot, cheesy dialogue and often hammy acting, mixed with an over bloated cast of two dimensional characters that barely get any screentime, leaving the audience unsympathetic to their plight.  But that’s what makes these films enjoyable.  They’re not meant to be taken seriously.  There’re plenty of comedy moments and in jokes, along with explosions to keep you wide awake.  In fact, the action sequences, despite the 12A rating, are shot and choreographed very well.  The opening sequence is of particular note and probably the stand out action sequence of the film.

A scene from Expendables 3

Nobody goes in to one of these films expecting a life changing experience.  If you do, you’ll be sorely disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment, but I do think it’s time to leave it alone now.  If they do, they’ll certainly be going out on a high.  Worth going to see.

Until next time…Keep consuming

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