About these ads

Dan the Man's Movie Reviews

All my aimless thoughts, ideas, and ramblings, all packed into one site!

The Expendables 3 (2014)


They’re old. Get used to it.

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and the gang are back and older than ever! Which means that with age, comes a lot more violence and harm in their way. And possibly, with their latest target, their lives could all be in actual danger. The baddie this time around goes by the name of Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) and he’s had a bit of a history with Barney. However, he takes mercy on him and instead, decides to injure the ‘eff out of Caesar (Terry Crews), leaving the rest of the Expendables wanting all sorts of revenge that they can practically taste it in their thyroids. And Barney knows this, which is why he decides to give his old crew a much needed rest, and start up with a new crew of youngin’s just waiting to throw their lives on the line for some under-paid mercenary job they know hardly anything about. Eventually though, the mission ends up getting a whole lot more complicated for Barney and his new rag-tag, which means he may have to bring in all the friends he can think of. Or, better yet, the ones who would agree to work in this for chump change.

It should be no surprise to anyone out there who has gotten to know me through the years that I’m a huge fan of the older action movies of the 80′s/90′s. They always hold a very nice place in my heart and will continue to do so, so long as I still maintain a sense of immaturity. Which is exactly why the Expendables movies, despite being an obvious ploy to get nostalgic-mother-humpers like me in the theater, have always worked for me. No, they aren’t perfect and no, they sure as hell aren’t nearly as good as the twelve-year-old inside of me would have thought it been, but they’re still fun movies that deliver on exactly what you want: Your favorite action stars from yesteryear, kicking ass and blowing shit up all over again.

"Grrrr."

“Grrrr.”

And here, with the third movie in this rather surprising franchise, that’s exactly what you get. But then again though, it’s what we should expect, so it’s hard to really judge a movie on what it’s supposed to be and clearly is. A movie should be followed and dissected on what it does with those expectations, and here, it’s something that isn’t nearly as fun and exciting as the second movie, yet, not nearly as lazy as the first. Somehow, this movie is stuck right in the middle and I think that’s fine.

Sure, would I have liked that there’d been less corny chit-chat between some of these strange duos on-screen? Of course. And while I’m at it, wouldn’t have I at least liked to seen more action scenes that didn’t just contain guns being shot, without ever really seeing what they do in the first place? Most definitely yes! But that’s just me being greedy and picky and all that bad stuff. And while I’m like that with most movies I see, there doesn’t seem to be a reason for any of that chicanery here.

So yeah, back to what I was originally saying – this movie’s pretty fun. And considering that were all stepping into what I know to be the “dog days of summer”, that means a whole heck of a lot. It means a whole heck of a lot that we’re getting a fun, action summer blockbuster, but it also means a whole heck of a lot that we’re getting it courtesy of some people we haven’t seen do stuff like this in quite some time.

I mean, well for Sly, Arnie, Statham, Crews, Couture, Lundgren, and whoever else shows up here that’s shown up in the past two, but as for the other “new breeds”, as I like to call ‘em as I sees ‘em, it’s great to just see actually working in something again. Even if the material that they are working with is pretty timid, run-of-the-mill stuff, it still makes my heart feel all warm and tingly knowing that, yes, Wesley Snipes may finally be in full comeback mode. Don’t worry, I won’t get my hopes up too high, cause you never know with him, but I will keep my fingers crossed because seeing him here, throwing knives, doing karate and whatnot, made me think of the good old days in which I’d sneak downstairs and watch Blade while everybody else in my house was asleep. The nightmares were terrible, but man, it was oh so worth it!

Come on, Wesley! Just pay your taxes for your gosh sakes!

But I digress, because this movie isn’t just about Wesley Snipes and his much needed return to the big screen; this is about everyone who is involved with the Expendables franchise as a whole. It doesn’t matter if they pop up just to wreck some mofo’s up like Chuck Norris infamously did in the second movie, or if they’re just around to be weird and wear other outfits, from other famous summer blockbusters, much like what Mickey Rourke did in the first movie. See, it’s the little pieces of this cast that make it all worth the while and even though the script is cheesy and at times, god-awful to listen to, it’s fun and it’s hacky for a reason, and it’s only made better because the cast totally seems in on the joke.

I would have dedicated a whole paragraph to him, but I think we all know that wouldn't have gone over quite as well.

I could have dedicated a whole paragraph to him, but I think we all know that wouldn’t have gone over quite as well.

Sure, I could totally do without Arnie self-deprecatingly yelling at people, “GET TO THA CHOPPAA!!”, but it’s something I take with me when I’m watching something like this. Sly and the rest of the clan have finally realized that instead of taking themselves so damn seriously all of the time, that they should just lighten up, crack a few jokes at themselves and move on. There’s no need for a super-duper heavy, melodramatic story about how we all need to get along and maybe even highlight some of the problems over in the Ukraine.

Nope, not here. Because here, it’s all about the guns, the blood, the violence, the shooting, the wise-cracks, the half-naked men, the sweating, the yelling, the constant “bro-ing”, the running, the helicopters, the tanks, the explosions, the bikes, the knives, the guts, the, well, everything that has to do with an action movie of this nature.

And Kelsey Grammar for some odd reason. But I guess we can just leave that as is. A little Frasier here and there never hurt anyone too bad.

Consensus: Everything you’d expect from an Expendables movie, yet, not nearly as good as the second, nor nearly as mellowed-out as the first. In other words, it’s just right if you’re hankering for some serious fun and nostalgia.

7.5 / 10 = Rental!!

More than half of who's pictured here could be dead in the next year, so they better get on the next movie quick!

More than half of who’s pictured here could be dead in the next year, so they better get on the next movie quick!

Photo’s Credit to: Goggle Images

About these ads

27 responses to “The Expendables 3 (2014)

  1. imbrettscott August 15, 2014 at 4:48 am

    I’m glad to hear you were a fan of the first 2. I definitely liked the second more than the first. I look forward to this!

    Ps. Was the pg13 really that noticeable?

  2. The Hot Rod August 15, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Banging review my friend. Can’t wait to see this one! I hear banderas is pretty funny.,,.

  3. Mr. Movie August 15, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Great to hear that ‘The Expendables 3′ still delivers the goods! Looking forward to seeing it next week, well written Sir!

  4. mikeyb @ screenkicker August 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I actually wanted more corny chit-chat! I love all that stuff.

    What i liked about the film was Antonio Banderas’ funny character, Mel Gibson’s excellent badguy, the action scenes, and the rubbish jokes.

    What i didn’t like was all the young people, they have no place in an Expendables film!

  5. Movie Quibble August 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    2/5 I say. My review is a little more cynical. Second was way better I agree on that. Also, you mentioned blood but compared to the first Expendables gore-fest this one had barely a drop. Nice read as always.

  6. jklmd2002 August 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Good review my friend. I didn’t find the drop to PG-13 too bad, which was a relief. I was wondering how that could impact things, but it wasn’t an issue at all. I’d actually be down for a fourth one.

  7. Russel DDK August 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Great review, Dan! Really had a good time with “The Expendables 3″, as I had with the first two installments.

    Surprisingly, there are more than a few moviegoers who aren’t quite liking it. Maybe, just a case, of the younger brigade not being used to old-school style fun action films complete with star appeal, quirky one-liners, and full-blown mayhem.

  8. Jim Turnbull August 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Great review man! Thought I was going to hate it but couldn’t liking it. Nice job.

  9. Three Rows Back August 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Nice work Dan. Just seen this and liked it more than I thought I would.

  10. Tom August 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Great review dude, I like the bit about you having nightmares as a kid watching Blade. That’ll sure fuckin do it!!! I can’t wait to check this silliness out, despite not having seen the second. I’m pretty sure I can get along with the third just fine without seeing the second, though right?

  11. Pingback: Expanded-ables | Berning Along

  12. angie chui August 19, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Awesome review :D I had fun with this one as well. Loved Antonio Banderas and Ronda Rousey . That girl kicks serious ass :D

  13. Consumed by Film August 20, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Heard mixed reviews about this one, glad it worked for you Dan. I’ve still not seen the second! Good work.

    Adam.

  14. akoxix August 20, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Overall, I really like the movie. seeing everyone I know in action except for just one hiccup. The new gang. I mean, their style really don’t fit with the theme. The film did okay, but that is the part that I don’t like. The new gang. awesome review!!

  15. Mystery Man August 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

    haven’t had the time to go check this out, yet. heard this and that, pro and con about. just going to have to see for myself. sounds like it isn’t a total waste of time (and money), though

  16. Evan Crean September 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I would describe EXPENDABLES 3 exactly like you would Dan: not as exciting as the second one, but less lazy than the first. I laughed a lot during this movie and enjoyed their whole life immitating art thing that they have going on with the dialogue and plot. I kept wondering how they’d work Kelsey Grammer in there, and they somehow managed to use him perfectly. Harrison Ford was an amusing trade for Bruce Willis even if some of his lines were stupid and Mel Gibson was clearly having a blast as the villain. I just wish the climactic fight between him and Stallone at the end had been more interesting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,703 other followers

%d bloggers like this: