CAST & CREW
Three times the testosterone, three times the action, and three times the bore. ‘ The Expendables’ franchise adds another notch to its belt. This time around, the group gets bigger and yet, the action is toned down as it is the first film of the franchise not to be given an R rating. The mercenary group called "The Expendables", with Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross, at the helm fight bloody battles and show teamwork, muscles and brotherhood as they complete yet another seemingly impossible mission. This American ensemble action film directed by Patrick Hughes, was released on the 22nd of August, 2014 (for Indian audiences), and stars a variety of actors from Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford.
Released on the 22nd of August, 2014 (for Indian audiences), the film follows the story of these buff dudes in leather, I'm sorry, I meant highly trained professionals with extensive military training, combat and weaponry skills; as they come into conflict with the former Expendables co-founder, and now arch nemesis, Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. Although, there is a plot line that takes this team through Somalia, Romania and many forests for some unknown reason, the story is lost in all the gunfire. The plot was made to be complicated, yet it did not have anything apart from mostly predictable twists.
This film is for those who are real action buffs. For the normal everyday folks, the film does give one PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). As reviewed by Simon Cook from the Empire, "The Expendables 3 has its cake and shoots it: armed to the nipples with vast action and bulging A-listers, but over-over-blown and overcrowded."
And according to Rolling Stones, "The Expendables 3, trading on our affection for action stars of the past, has officially worn out its already shaky welcome."
1. The ending, hand to hand combat ,was both bloody and bloody good.
2. Great editing.
3. Good sound mixing.
4. Mel Gibson plays a badass villain.
What didn't work?
1. The general lack of CGI blood.
2. The extreme violence.
3. No story to follow.
4. Too many people and none of them were extras.
The inadequacy of the film lies simply in the fact that there was no acting. These action stars are loved by fans universally, hence serving them all together in a big platter did score the film some big money, but gave audiences a big headache.
Other action films by the members of the cast such as Rambo (Stallone), Transporter (Statham) and Terminator (Schwarzenegger) are highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. The Expendables will come back with yet another sequel in 2017. And there are those who will endure it again, just to get a taste of mindless violence and destruction in the name of entertainment.
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