The Expendables 3

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The Expendables 3

Patrick Hughes (2) (2014)

121min
12A Certificate
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Sylvester Stallone retires his ageing crew of mercenaries in favour of youthful hotshots in the third instalment of the macho franchise. Their mission is to capture a scenery-chewing Mel Gibson, playing a ruthless arms dealer who also happens to be "The Expendables'" co-founder. But when the new kids are captured, it's "the grey team" (including Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li) who come to the explosive rescue. There's the usual winning mix of wisecracking banter, overblown war craft and mad combat skills with a take-no-prisoners attitude and jokey references to the action heroes' pasts, but there are also more than a few dull stretches of soldier-of-fortune soul-searching. The climactic duel is lame, too - despite being the most epic battle in the series so far - with a backdrop of mass destruction (with obvious use of CGI) that errs on the cheesy side. Fortunately, there are solid additions to the old fogey fight club (Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford), with Antonio Banderas making the biggest impression as the over-excitable, too-talkative Galgo.

Summary

Soldier of fortune Barney Ross discovers an old friend he was forced to kill is still alive, and has become a powerful arms dealer with vengeance on his mind. Barney is forced to recruit a new band of mercenaries and adopt more modern tactics to deal with this threat to him and his past associates. Action thriller sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone and Mel Gibson.

Cast & Crew

Barney Ross Sylvester Stallone
Conrad Stonebanks Mel Gibson
Lee Christmas Jason Statham
Galgo Antonio Banderas
Drummer Harrison Ford
Doc Wesley Snipes
Gunner Jensen Dolph Lundgren
Bonaparte Kelsey Grammer
Trench Arnold Schwarzenegger
Smilee Kellan Lutz
Yin Yang Jet Li
Hale Caesar Terry Crews
Toll Road Randy Couture
Goran Vata Robert Davi
Thorn Glen Powell
Luna Ronda Rousey
Mars Victor Ortiz
Director Patrick Hughes (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 15 Aug 2014
Drama