Sylvester Stallone has less and less facial hair for each one of these movies. Why is that? Is it a metaphor for something? I just had to get that out of the way because it’s been stuck in my head since i first saw the trailer for this. Anyway, this was a little disappointing. After the second Expendables movie took everything from the first one and made it bigger and better i was hoping this one would continue that trend, but apart from the cast everything really does just feel smaller. It seems like the budget for this one was a lot less than the first two. The locations are just so bland and grey all the time i had trouble figuring out where everyone was half the time.
And the action sequences has also been toned down a lot thanks to a ridicules PG-13 rating. Why is this rated PG-13? This is supposed to be a throwback franchise to the great R rated action movies of the 80’s and 90’s. Not something that is supposed to compete with this decades PG-13 super hero action craze. It really did ruin the movie a lot for me. Jason Statham barely get’s to use his knives this time, and when he does it’s off screen. There is also no blood whenever someone get’s shot. This franchise has always used those awful CG blood squibs before, but even that is better than nothing. You don’t get any memorable death scenes here like someone getting a knife kicked into his chest or getting his head cut to pieces by a plane propeller. Statham has to take out the main henchman by just knocking his head into a wall and even the supposed ‘epic’ showdown between Sly and Mel Gibson that the entire movie has been building towards is over in about a minute.
Most of the action and fight scenes are also filled with awful shaky cam and quick cuts to hide most of the violence and it just looks awful. That is one of the worst trends in action movies these days and now it has infected this franchise as well. If they had gone with the R rating i’m sure this movie could have had a lot of memorable moments, but this one really didn’t have any. I just watched it and i can’t think of any part of any action scene that stuck out to me. And the other thing that really dragged this movie down for the was most of the new cast members. Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas and especially Wesley Snipes were all great. Snipes stole all the scenes he were in. But all the new kids just did nothing for me.
Again, this is supposed to be a throwback franchise to the classic action movies and it’s action heroes. I don’t want to see a bunch of 20 year old kids running around trying to show everyone up. Kellan Lutz was especially annoying. He was trying so hard to be this tough and brooding leader of the new kids and he just looked ridicules. They were hinting towards him taking over the franchise in the future at the end of this movie and if that happens then i’m gonna stop watching. I really wished they had just left all of those kids out of this movie and had just given more screen time to the actual Expendables. That’s who people want to see. But even with all of my complaints i did still kind of enjoy the movie. Like i said, when the Expendables themselves are on screen i liked it. Wesley Snipes was definitely the saving grace of this movie. Antonio Banderas was also good, but they could have toned him down a little bit. I get that he’s supposed to be annoying, but that does not mean he has to annoy the audience as well. Harrison Ford really just took over the Bruce Willis part, but did a fine job at it.
Mel Gibson did a good job with what little he had to work with. This has to be the smallest amount of time given to any main villain of the franchise so far. That is pretty odd considering this is also the longest movie of the franchise so far. But i guess all those damn kids needed their screen time as well. If not for them and the PG-13 rating this could have been a great movie, but in the end it’s just an okay one at best. I feel like i’m being very generous to it by giving it a 6/10 right now, but that might change the more i think about it. This is very disappointing considering this blog is pretty much named after this franchise, but hopefully they will learn from their mistakes this time and be back to an R rating and less kids in the fourth one.
Hey guys. Anyone gonna go see The Expendables 3 this weekend? I’m a bit worried about it because of the PG-13 downgrade and half the cast including teenagers now, but i’ll check it out anyway. I must also apologize for the lack of content here lately. I need to figure out something else to do here besides just posting action movie posters because i will run out eventually. If anyone has any suggestions i’m happy to hear them. I will also get up a review of The Expendables 3 either after watching it tonight or tomorrow morning. I hope it’s good.