THE EXPENDABLES 3

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
DECEMBER 14, 2014

Sylvester Stallone continues to help write and star in his bombastic action series, this time delivering the first PG-13 endeavor, “The Expendables 3”. Overloading the cast with even more action stars and even poking fun at that fact in the trailer, Stallone has officially outdone himself. With almost all of the former cast returning, including Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jet Li, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger, at least the this offers some consistency. The film opens with the team on a mission to free one of its former members, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes) from a Somalian prison in one of the best action sequences out of these films yet. But upon finding out that his arch-nemesis Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) is still alive and failing a mission in which Caesar (Crews) is severely injured, Stallone’s Barney Ross decides to disband the aging group of thrill seekers despite their reluctance to retire.

Enter Harrison Ford, taking over Bruce Willis’ role as the Expendables’ government handler, with the next mission set on finally taking out Stonebanks. Ross is then sent off to put together a younger and fresher Expendables team with the help of Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammar). The new team consists of Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, and despite not being younger or fresher, Antonia Banderas, who offers most of the film’s comedic relief. The story is exactly what one would expect from these mindless action flicks, with the new team getting captured and the old team being brought back to save the day. “The Expendables 3” lives and dies by its ensemble cast as well as its action-filled set pieces, to which there are three or four major ones, including the finale, which is set in an abandoned high-rise building rigged to explode in Uzmenistan. With none of the stars truly stepping out or producing anything notably new, the returning cast is the only reason to even anticipate these films at all. What Stallone needs to do next is let the dust clear a little bit before returning with this group of buffed up guys.

RELEASE DATE
August 15, 2014

DIRECTOR
Patrick Hughes

WRITTEN BY
Sylvester Stallone
Creighton Rothenberger
Katrin Benedikt

BASED ON
Characters
by David Callaham

STUDIO
Lionsgate

PG-13
(for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language)

ACTION
ADVENTURE
THRILLER

126 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Peter Menzies, Jr.

COMPOSER
Brian Tyler

EDITOR
Sean Albertson
Paul Harb

CAST
Sylvester Stallone
Jason Statham
Antonio Banderas
Jet Li
Wesley Snipes
Dolph Lundgren
Kelsey Grammer
Randy Couture
Terry Crews
Mel Gibson
Harrison Ford
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Kellan Lutz
Ronda Rousey
Glen Powell
Victor Ortiz

PRODUCED BY
Avi Lerner
Kevin King-Templeton
Danny Lerner
Les Weldon
John Thompson

BUDGET
$100 million

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