Film: The Expendables 3
But then, is there any harm in bringing in some young faces? So, he hires Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz and a female Expendable Ronda Rousey.
Now, about the firepower: he has knives, grenades, machine guns, tanks, helicopters, planes, handguns and even a train blowing up. Phew, with so many actors doing their bit and armaments blowing up every minute, is it a surprise that they forgot to add a story, a decent screenplay or even some smart dialogues?
In terms of story, this is what the film offers: we see an action-packed beginning as a motley group of Expendables headed by Barney (Stallone) and Lee Christmas (Statham) go about retrieving former colleague Doc Death (Wesley Snipes) from a prison.
The scene involves a chopper, a train that eventually blows up and some very startled prison guards.
The scene then shifts to Somalia where Expendables are supposed to take out an arms dealer. The scene goes wrong and the dealer turns out to be an Expendable-gone-rogue Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).
To take out Stonebanks, Barney is instructed by his CIA pointsperson (Ford) to retire his old team and get in some fresh blood. With the four young Expendables in tow, Barney heads to Bucharest. In between fighting, these young whippersnappers also kid Barney about his methods (So your plan is to just slam down a door and start spraying bullets?)
Instead of capturing Stonebanks and delivering him at The Hague where he can be tried for his crimes, Barney barely escapes with his life and the young ones are captured. Now everyone (old and new) has to come together to fight off an entire army in a country whose name ends with 'istan'.
While the rest of the cast seems to be regurgitating their old mannerisms and tics, it is Gibson and Banderas who keep you captivated. Banderas as a motormouth mercenary who talks more than he kills is good for a few laughs.
The film, however, belongs to Gibson. As the rogue arms dealer who eyes up women and buys abstract art in his spare time, he is great fun. He refers to his old comrades as 'Deleteables' and when the army he practically owns, fails to kill them, his comeback is, "How hard can it be to kill 10 men? You can't even wound a couple?"
We share his consternation. Why would you name a film The Expendables and then not kill a single one of them?
Watch this one if you are a true blue fan of '80s action thrillers who would like one more walk down the nostalgia lane with 'old' heroes. For the rest of us, it is time to dust out those old CDs and watch a re-run of their truly good films.