The Expendables 3 – 2014

the ex 3Barney 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.

DirectedPatrick Hughes

StarsSylvester StalloneJason StathamMel Gibson and Wesley Snipes

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.

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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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What did you think of the film, was it as good as good as the first two or much worse. Leave a comment and let us know.

Expendables 3 exclusive trailer

Sylvester Stallone and his team of badass expendables are back, and the trailer below is packed with enough stars, action and amazement to get any fan of the franchise going.

Regular expendables Statham, Li, Lundgren and co, not forgetting of course Schwarzenegger, are joined by new recruits Snipes, Banderas and Ford.

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This time they come up against Mel Gibson’s cooly named arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (I mean, who comes up with these names?) Who helped to form the expendables and is looking to take them down.

I love the fact the likes of Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas are in this, both of whom played the baddie opposite Stallone in Assassins and Demolition Man respectively. It’s also brilliant to see Harrison Ford getting a look in.

For years action fan boys of the 80s and 90s had only dreamed of seeing all their heroes sharing the same screen, but it became a reality in 2010, and it hasn’t really disappointed since.

OK, so the scripts have never been water tight, it might have a few plot holes here and lacking believability, but I’m sure many of us don’t care about the finer points.

As long as they are kicking ass and we get to see some cheesy lines delivered by our action idols then you already have my money.

If you weren’t convinced that the third film is going to pack a punch then watching the trailer should eradicate any doubt.

There are some jaw dropping big budget action set pieces including a helicopter train rescue, an insane motor bike jump and a load of big guns and bigger one liners!

The Expendables 3 opens in the US in August this year and should hit UK screens not long after, it will be reviewed in a future post.

Check out the explosive trailer…

What do think of the trailer are you looking forward to seeing the film, leave a comment and let us know?

Escape Plan – 2013

escape plan posterWhen a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

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What we think: For those of us that grew up watching action films in the 80s one can only stand by and admire that Stallone and Schwarzenegger are still going well into their 60s.

Clearly they’re having fun, which is a good thing as we’re not expecting Oscar material here and those that are may as well leave now.

Escape Plan gives the two giants top billing opposite each other for the first time the whole way through a film (not counting The Expendables), but ultimately they’re on the same side.

Ray Breslin (Stallone) breaks out of prisons for a living, making sure that those who are put behind bars have no way of ever getting out .

When a job comes up to test out a top secret facility Breslin gleefully accepts despite his partners thinking otherwise, it leads him on to a collision course with Arnie who he needs to get onside in order to get out.

Of course once inside its clear that some people have no intention of letting him see the light of day, and Breslin is trapped behind a prison that encompasses everything he wrote the book on.

He teams up with fellow inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) in an attempt to break out and bring those responsible for setting him up, to justice, and that is where the fun begins.

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Schwarzenegger is enjoying himself even if the dialogue is not the best, like we said, we’re not expecting Oscar material. He does however get the good lines and pretty much acts as the diversion as Breslin scampers around looking for breaks in the system.

 is Hobbs, the warden of the facility, in what is actually quite a good turn as the classic pantomime villain, a throw back to the baddies of the mid eighties. He plays it cold and calculating, which in some parts feels like he’s going a bit OTT.

Beneath him is Vinnie Jones, type cast as the bog standard henchmen who is not particularly needed and to make matters worse probably gets one of the worst henchmen deaths. We don’t regard that as a plot spoiler as most villain side kicks end up biting the bullet as the stop gap between the hero and the classic ending battle.

There are no illusions going into this, you know exactly what you’re going to get right down to the obvious plot twist that you can see coming a mile off. A sub plot is only touched on briefly but its a sub plot that has been a staple part of any revenge plan.

The film has a strong third act once everything has been set up and it unfolds in a pulsating twenty minute finale which includes quite possibly the best slow motion shot for some time, nodding itself to most classic action films of the Arnie era.

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It’s meat and two veg action of maybe not the highest order but certainly better than some of its more recent predecessors, Stallone and Schwarzenegger bring their action A-game and don’t disappoint for a second.

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What did you think of Escape Plan, leave a comment and let us know we’d love to hear from you?

 

 

The Expendables 3 gets a director

Sylvester Stallone tweeted a few weeks ago that he was trying to get Mel Gibson on board as director for the next installment in The Expendables franchise.

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Sadly that tweet amounted to nothing more than over hyped excitement, a bit of a shame really.

Sly then turned his attention to John Woo, which would have been a really great appointment, however according to Sly’s Twitter he was working in China.

Then finally after some more teasing through the social network site, Stallone announced that the director would be Red Hill’s Patrick Hughes a relative unknown.

“Hey , Everyone should go look at Patrick Hughes short film on U-Tube It is called SIGNS. It will move you in a GOOD WAY. You will LOVE it!”

Clearly Sly is fully behind his new recruit and with the possibility of Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes lined up as well things could be looking good!?

The Expendables 3 will open in the UK in 2014.

Wesley Snipes on board for The Expendables 3?

The hype around who will star and direct in The Expendables 3 is already gathering momentum.

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Names already mentioned for the completion of the trilogy have been Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, Clint Eastwood.

But there is one name all but all but assured to be a part of Sly’s team, Welsey Snipes. Recently released from prison (no, not Cryo) for tax evasion Snipes will be keen to raise his profile once again.

With the last two films doing well at the box office it could be just what Snipes needs. He already has one film coming out, a zombie Western called Gallowwalkers, but its anyone’s guess as to how that will go down?

Stallone has also been tweeting about how he would love to have Mel Gibson direct the third movie. That rumour you really do need to take with a massive pinch of salt.