During a mission to track down and capture a notorious arms dealer, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) comes face to face with a man he thought he had killed a long time ago; Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Stonebanks co-founded The Expendables with Ross years before, only to turn his back on the team and become a ruthless criminal.
He is hell-bent on destroying The Expendables once and for all, forcing Ross to recruit some new-blood in order to help combat the biggest threat The Expendables have ever had to face.
First of all, do you remember the scene in The Expendables 2 in which Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) utters the line “I now pronounce you man and knife” before proceeding to stab every man in the room?
Well, in The Expendables 3, during a conversation between Christmas and franchise newcomer Wesley Snipes about which of them is the best at handling a blade, Snipes utters the line “I am the knife before Christmas.”
If the thought of watching a scene like that on the big screen makes you cringe and roll your eyes at what cinema has been reduced to, then I would highly recommend steering well clear of The Expendables 3, as it is a movie littered with bad puns.
However, if the thought of watching a scene between action legends Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes in which they trade corny dialogue excites you, then this may be the movie for you.
Director Patrick Hughes, who’s only other feature film to date is the fantastic little thriller Red Hill, directs from a screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt and the man himself, Sylvester Stallone.
Hiring a relatively inexperienced filmmaker to direct a big-budget blockbuster is a bold move, but Hughes handles himself well and directs the action with a frenetic energy that propels the movie forward.
However, there is one major problem with the action in this movie – there isn’t enough of it. For an action movie with a run-time of over two hours, there are only four action sequences and two of them are quite short.
Thankfully, the action we do get is fast paced and exhilarating, but you’ll wish there was more of it.
As with each new entry into this particular franchise, there is a hoard of new additions to the ever-expanding cast.
These new additions include Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, UFC Champion Ronda Rousey and Kellan Lutz.
Unfortunately, in order to make room for these new characters, the original cast are pushed to the side for a large portion of the movie, which ends up being a huge mistake.
With the exception of Snipes, Banderas and Rousey (it’s always good to see a female kicking just as much ass as the men in a big action movie) none of the new cast members are interesting enough or carry the star power to compare to the original cast, meaning that most of the time they are on screen, the audience is left longing for the return of Statham and Co.
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