The Expendables 3

| December 2, 2014

They’re back! The gang’s all here, and they are like a fine wine: they get better with age. They are the Expendables. And considering the number of cast additions in the third installment, the name of the crew might as well be the Expandables. With a whopping 17 (!) action stars in one movie, you’d expect utter chaos and madness. And that’s exactly what Expendables 3 is, in every explosive and fun way possible.

Expendables 3 is more of the same escapism and fun as the first two movies, except amped up to the nth degree. Rumor has it that Expendables 3 will be the last of the franchise. If that is the case, the series is going out on a high note. The explosions are more explosive, the one-liners are more head shaking (in a good way). And the fun quotient is amped up courtesy of the new cast additions.

Gone from Expendables 2 are key contributors Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris. In their stead are Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, and Wesley Snipes. The script even incorporates aspects of Snipes real life difficulties over the last few years. In one scene, Snipes’ character Doc is rescued from the prison he’s been in. When asked by Toll Road (Randy Couture) what he was in prison for, Doc replies “tax evasion”. It is definitely a case of art imitating life.

But it’s not just the veteran additions that liven up the franchise. Two young actors (Kellen Lutz of Twilight acclaim and Glen Powell) join the team as well as boxer Victor Ortiz and MMA champion fighter Ronda Rousey, who happens to be the only female member of the team. And she is an absolute natural, especially during the hand-to-hand fight scenes.

Of all the new additions, Gibson and Banderas are the clear winners. Gibson is at his scuzzy best as Stonebanks, a former member of the Exbendables who left the group because wealth mattered more than lending a helping hand. Gibson grabs a hold of this roll with panache and chews every scene with flair. Banderas is a riot. His character (Galgo) is a non-stop talker who manages to be charming, hilarious, and annoying all at once.

Expendables 3 is being released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack that includes the original theatrical cut, as well as unrated version that features 5 extra violence filled minutes. Special features include a 52 minute making-of documentary, a 16 min featurette on the new cast additions, an extended scene, and a very funny gag reel. With the holiday season getting revved up, there isn’t a better gift for the action fan in your life than Expendables 3.

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Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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