Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Expendables 3


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33% (Critics) / 96% (Audience)
Directed By: Patrick Hughes
Written By: Sylvester Stallone and Creighton Rothenberger
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes and Mel Gibson
Studio: Lionsgate Pictures
Synopsis:In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables 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 in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production. – (Source)


The Good:
I have said it in my other review of THE EXPENDABLES 2 but I just get a kick out of seeing all of these old school action stars running around shooting and blowing up stuff in their twilight years. It never gets old to me and I doubt it ever will. And adding grizzled action vets like Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Wesley Snipes just ups my fanboy enjoyment. Snipes and Gibson especially stood out…Snipes showed that his time behind bars hasn’t dulled his action star bona-fides as he seamlessly fit into the fighting scenes without missing a beat and Mel Gibson has found his new niche as a villain which should help get him back into Hollywood’s good graces. Much like he was the total scene stealing best part of last year’s MACHETE KILLS, his villainous turn in this film is the true standout.

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The Bad:
Someone needs to sit Sly Stallone down and hammer into his had that no one gives a rat’s ass about newbies in these movies. Adding a team of younger, less charismatic and totally unnecessary Expendables only served to prove two things…that when the old school action stars are not on the screen this type of movie is a total borefest and Rhonda Rousey is quite possibly the worst athlete turned actor in the history of movie making.

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The Ugly:
Yeah, I’m still going to need a Carl Weathers appearance in one of these movies ASAP.

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Final Verdict: Things blow up, lots of people get shot and stabbed and the seasoned action stars of yesteryear continue to be worth the price of a movie ticket. Sadly a good chunk of the movie was wasted on a bland unmemorable group of newbies who really should have died in action just to guarantee we would never have to see them again. When THE EXPENDABLES 3 sticks to the butt kicking Geritol set it really pops so why Stallone keeps trying to add a younger generation to the mix makes no sense.

Grade: C+

7 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Expendables 3”

    1. If you are not a lover of the old action movies these guy did then the charm of this would be completely lost on you. And you are not the first person to tell me how much they disliked this franchise. I can’t help it though, I am just a geek for AARP Action Heroes!

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    1. I agree. It s understandable that studios think PG-13 rated movies open them up to make more money but if a teenager really wants to see a movie they will find a way to see it whether it is rated R or G.

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  1. No problems I get like that with my blogging sometimes too.
    I think a combo of the DVD copy being leaked early online and Stallone making the boneheaded decision to make this one PG-13 contributed to it bombing so bad. It didn’t even do well internationally and the first two films in the franchise made tons of money in the international market.

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