BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Expendables 3 Reviews
By Dr. Know on August 14th, 2014
Critic Reviews for The Expendables 3
With its third entry, the Sylvester Stallone-led Expendables franchise finally becomes the live-action Saturday morning cartoon it was always destined to be.
So much star power packed together in one place hasn’t produced such a cheesy result since the recording of “We Are the World.”
A slightly breezier and dependably brainless installment of Stallone’s action franchise.
Banderas does some of his most charming work since his turn as the Nasonex Bee
“The Expendables 3″ lets down its cast with a film that’s about as thrilling as the arrival of a monthly Social Security check.
Sadly, the most expendable thing about The Expendables 3 is the movie itself.
It’s another helping of uber-violence and genial horseplay, an uneasy mix that has become The Expendables’ stock in trade…
What the movie ultimately demonstrates is that the sum total is less than the individual parts when you add together Rocky, the Terminator, Indiana Jones, Mad Max, Blade, Zorro, Hercules, and the Transporter.
The Expendables 3 doesn’t pretend it’s anything other than a vector for action sequences and banter between beefy guys… But it also tries to change the formula enough to make viewers be mildly disappointed that they tried at all.
Action packs a mean punch in Expendables 3, but the franchise is running on fumes.
Plot exposition is delivered by Stallone over random detonations. My kingdom for an ear trumpet?
It’s amusing and exciting, even when it’s stupid. If you enjoyed Barney and the crew’s previous theme park stunt show, there’s little reason to worry about the quality of their latest assignment.
The Expendables 3 is easily the worst of a series that was never particularly good in the first place.