The old guys are back and this time they are meaner than ever, though with a PG-13 rating slapped on. This is where most of the viewers will understand that the film will not feature the same level of action and violence as its two predecessors, which combined have made over half a billion dollars at the box office. The previous two movies managed to gross in the vicinity of $28 million on the opening weekend. Will The Expendables 3 match that mark?
The issue, as always, is with the script. Given the fact that the film already stars some of the best-known action stars of the years gone by, it is no surprise that Sylvester Stallone has paid little heed to what he wrote. The script is generic and there is no spark in the writing. This time around, Barney Ross (Stallone) has his team on board a seaplane. With him are Toll Road (Randy Couture), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham) and Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren).
The mission is to rescue Doc (Wesley Snipes), one of the expendables, who has been in prison for around a decade. It is ironic that Wesley Snipes himself has been released from jail over a year ago having spent three years inside. This is the only part where the script is subtle. Before they can get Doc out, they have to deal with Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and his henchmen. Throw into the mix the characters played by Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammer and the plot keeps getting thicker.
With this many characters to deal with, the film no doubt suffers from some degree of incoherence while the lack of character development is rather obvious. If it wouldn’t be for the nostalgia filmgoers feel for the stars in the movie, it would bomb spectacularly. As things stand, it is poised to be a hit, despite a copy of the film getting leaked. Only recommended if you into old school action!
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