Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Directed: Patrick Hughes
What we think: Let’s get one thing out of the way first, this isn’t going to be award winning script writing or acting.
This is a pumped up bunch of your favourite action heroes throughout the years, kicking ass and lighting up the screen with explosions, punches, kicks and abject one liners.
You really do have to check your brain in at the door, so it riles me up when film critics go in and slate the hell out of it.
I mean what were they expecting? Since the first film the number of Sly’s expendables has grown, it’s becoming harder and harder to shoehorn the stars into the promotional posters.
In this outing Barney Ross (Stallone) finally comes to the conclusion they just might be ‘too old for this shit’, and so after a botched attempt at trying to capture Mel Gibson’s pantomime villain Conrad Stonebanks he retires his ageing team.
This means bringing in some younger fresher blood, much to the annoyance of the oldies. Of course things don’t go to plan, and it’s not long before Sly is calling on his friends once again.
The main gripe with many people was the PG-13 rating, masses amounts of violence controlled so that no blood is splattered on the screen. This a real shame, as with action films today when the shit hits the fan you want to see some gorerific pay offs, to which in this there are none.
I find it odd that the first two films achieved an R-rating and now they chose to head down the softer route, was this to capture a larger younger audience, probably, but if that is the case then the pay off has back fired slightly.
The new recruits fit in well, Snipes returns to a major blockbuster and relishes the chance to get front and centre, complete with a dig at his recent stint in prison for tax evasion. Harrison Ford steps in as the CIA spook replacing Mr. Church and does a far better job, his gruffness likeable in every way.
The Expendables biggest flaw is that there are too many big names, making it impossible to write enough dialogue for everyone. Dolph Lundgren is all but forgotten, Jet Li still gets a billing despite having less than five minutes of screen time and Arnie delivers the films only decent quip.
The action is certainly big budget but it feels diluted. Planes, trains and automobiles are destroyed in gargantuan fireballs, but there is nothing that we haven’t already seen before.At the end of it all it’s stupid dumb fun, and what’s not to like about that?
With a fourth film very much on the horizon it might be the last chance for this muscle bound team of has beens to go out on a high note, if that is at all possible.
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