The Expendables 3

expendablesBarney and his team, known as “The Expendables”, come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables’ co-founder, who is determined to destroy the team.

Synopsis by IMDB

Like many of us, we watched part 1 and thought “WOW! That was a cool movie!”, then we watched part 2 and thought “Uh….ok”. Sure part 2 was fun, it was playful, it was LOADED with great movie references, and puns, but it was lacking any recognizable plot. Well, the team is back in part 3, and guess what they found… A story! Stallone is back in this action packed movie that is a most see…mostly because there’s already talks of a part 4. Yup, Stallone is on a roll with this franchise, and I’m glad he is.

In this part of the series we get some new faces, some old faces, and some new old faces. Stallone has made it a point on to pack as many stars as possible in the expendable movies, and this one is no exception, in fact if you pay close attention, there’s a recognizable crane operator in the opening of the movie, it looks like an unaccredited Bokeem Woodbine. Of course that scene moves extremely quick so it’s hard to tell. Naturally we’ve got Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, and Jet Li, but in this part they’ve added Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Benderas, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz,, Ivan Kostadinov, and more.

Notable Performances

Mel Gibson got a bad rap due to some issues in the past. Regardless of what he’s said or done, he’s a great actor, and his portrayal of weapons dealer Conrad Stonebanks is amazing. He played one of the best emotional performances in the history of movies in ‘The Patriot’, and in ‘The Expendables 3′ he offers his best role as an insane villain.

Wesley Snipes still has the moves, the fact that he actual practices martial arts is apparent with his movements. Much like Jason Statham, Wesley’s fight scenes didn’t look like they were struggling to work the moves. As a life time martial artist, I can see people who are martial artists, and those who are acting as martial artists. He comes off as a little insane, and knife obsessed, with definitely makes him a fun addition.

What can be said about Antonio Benderas? Well…he’s HILARIOUS! Don’t think I’ve ever seen Antonio be so fun in this movie, he plays the overly eager Galgo. There’s a scene where they’re flying, and Galgo is chatting with the crew, I couldn’t stop laughing. Every scene with Galgo, you can hear him talking, it’s great. His back story is kind of sad, but don’t worry, you forget about that quickly in the next scene.

As we all know The Expendables 2 was nothing but a bunch of movie references, and puns, there was only 1 worth mentioning in part 3, Arnold Schwarzenegger saying “look out for the chopper” made me laugh. Then when I thought it was all done, he comes back and says “Let’s get to the chopper”.

Cinematography: 9 of 10….Which surprised me considering it’s directed by Patrick Hughes, an unknown. Stallone is a pro with the story, and I’m sure he said a thing or 2 to help out.

Story: 9 of 10….It’s not JUST a shoot `em up movie.

Flow: 9 of 10…..Never had a “wth was that” moment, stayed steady, and right in line.

Acting: 10 of 10…..There aren’t any bad acting scenes in this movie, everyone pulled their weight.

Overall: 9 of 10 – Solid 9! Must see movie!

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