The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

Sylvester Stallone's trilogy-making Expendables, which sees the return of himself, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They are joined by another bevy of action movie icons - Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.

Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson). Stonebanks, a co-founder of The Expendables group, subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks is now making it his mission to end The Expendables. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise.

2014Rating: M, Violence and offensive language126 minsUSA
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Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

The 3rd instalment of this testosterone-heavy franchise improves on its predecessor in at least one way: it capitalizes on its stunt casting, giving Gibson, Ford, Snipes and Grammer actual roles to play. Their screen time is brief, sure, but after all the guests in part 2 were seemingly pushed into shot, handed a gun and told to wing it, it's nice to see them get some stuff to do in this one.

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Variety

Variety

This is the sort of numbskull non-entertainment that considers it worthwhile to fly in a martial-arts superstar like Jet Li and have him sit around firing a machine gun, pausing every so often to deliver the most awkward line readings of his career.

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Total Film

Total Film

Marks a sizeable improvement on the first two outings.

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Time Out

Time Out

Thank the gods of war for Antonio Banderas, who single-handedly steals (and almost saves) the show as a loquacious assassin.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

[A] blundering jackhammer of a film.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

[Lacks] imagination, sticking to a conventional action style that is more about the quantity of explosions than nuances of execution.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Has its cake and shoots it: armed to the nipples with vast action and bulging A-listers, but over-over-blown and overcrowded. See it for Gibson's big-bad.

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