Lionsgate’s “The Expendables 3” is an action film directed by Patrick Hughes from the screenplay of Sylvester Stallone, who is also part of the ensemble cast, and Dave Callaham. It opened on Aug. 15, 2014. The cast members include: Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Terry Crews, Ronda Rousey, Kelsey Grammer, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Randy Couture. Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “The Expendables 3” synopsis and review.
“The Expendables 3” Synopsis:
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the Expendables come face-to-face with Stonebanks (Gibson) who was back from the grave. Stonebanks co-founded the Expendables with Barney. However, they had a falling out when Stonebanks chose to go dark. When Drummer (Ford) commissioned Barney to kill a target while on a mission, he was surprised to find out that Stonebanks was his mission. He could not believe it at first as he thought the guy was already dead. Caesar (Crews) got badly injured in the encounter. Drummer suggested that Barney look for a younger crew to help him finish his mission. Hence, he “fired” Christmas, Doc (Snipes), Jensen (Lundgren) and Road (Couture). Barney hired Mars (Ortiz), Luna (Rousey), Smilee (Lutz) and Thorn (Powell). Orders changed, and the CIA wanted Stonebanks alive. In another mission, Barney’s new team succeeded in getting Stonebanks. But the man had all the means. They were tracked. Soon, the new team was captured except Barney who fell from a bridge. Barney soon reunited with his old team, along with the chatty Galgo (Banderas) who brought some humor to the film, and went to save the new breed of mercenaries.
“The Expendables 3” Review:
Although the film was star-studded, it was not well received by the critics from Rotten Tomatoes. As of this writing, “The Expendables 3” received a 35 percent rating from the critics and 54 percent of the moviegoers liked it.
Peter Travers of Rolling Stone mentioned in his review that the moviegoers who cannot wait to see the film is in for a “movie punishment.”
“The Expendables 3, trading on our affection for action stars of the past, has officially worn out its already shaky welcome,” wrote Travers in the Rolling Stone feature.
Meanwhile, ReelViews’ James Berardinelli described “The Expendables 3” as the least successful among the franchise. He gave the film two out of four stars.
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