The Expendables 3 Review

NOTE: The following review contains very minor spoilers for the Expendables 3. 

The Movie

The Expendables 3 is the sequel to the first two Expendables movies and was released this year across the world. It sees the old crew of the Expendables forced to retire, and find a new crew to take their place (and lots of guns). It has an all star cast including Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson.

The Review

I wasn't entirely sure about this movie when I was asked by a friend if I wanted to see it. I had heard of the first two only in passing, but never seen them or really known about the plot or anything in the film. I was pleasantly suprised as the film started and we were dropped straight into the action of the film, with the Expendables rescuing one of their old members from prison. I thought "Great! This is going to be fun!" and it was. It is a fun movie to see if you have nothing much else to do with your day, and you don't want to think to much. Imagine Call Of Duty as a film - it's essentially this. Run in, shoot some people, somehow you don't get hurt too badly, run out - yay! Obviously the plot was slightly deeper than this, but the whole film was extremely predictable, and overly repetitive. By the end, we'd seen them run, shoot, not get hurt, run out again about four times. That was pretty much all that happened. 

Well, almost. As mentioned in the first section the main character Barney (Stallone) had to go out and hunt for a new team of Expendables, due to the failure of the original team. I won't give too much away about what happens next, but let me say - it is pretty much what you would imagine.

The main two critisms I have of the film are the dialogue and the script. The speaking from the characters was sometimes very difficult to understand, especially when they were in a plane, with a lot of background noise. And, adding to the predictability was the script, where you could guess the next line was going to be something melodramatic and unnecessary . 

A great cast, perhaps a not so great movie that is predictable at the best of times. 


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