Expendables 3, Hollywood English film Movie review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * *
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#Expendables3(English) Rating: * * * the excitable company of B grade action heroes selected and led by #SylvesterStallone take another swing at the BO this time with #MelGibson in a swashbuckling negative role. #PVR #JasonStratham #JetLi #DolphLundgren #KelseyGrammer #WesleySnipes #KellanLutz #HarrisonFord #ArnoldSchwarzenegger #RondaRousey #AntonioBanderas #SaraiGivaty #PatrickHughes
English Film review
Aging heroes, Ageless Action
Film: Expendables 3
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Stratham,Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer,Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Kellan Lutz, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronda Rousey, Antonio Banderas, Sarai Givaty
Director: Patrick Hughes
Rating: * * *
Two successful editions later, the successful franchise picks up steam and respectability in this third edition with some fresh blood additions lending acrobatic support to the ageing B action movie veterans. In fact, the narrative is smart enough to structure the plot in such a manner as to make it all look natural and progressive. There’s more of a plot this time. The exposition and set-up are developed enough to validate the entire schema of action envisaged thereof.
The near loss of one member , Caesar(Terry Crews) from his team during the opening battle sequence against Conrad Stonebanks(Mel Gibson) a former member of the Expendables, now rogue, forces team leader Barney Ross(Sylvester Stallone) into a guilt trip, and we see him reconsidering team composition and opting for younger, fitter members with varied attributes. It’s probably a wink at the short-of-breath, age heavy veterans powering this successful franchise in the past two editions and allows them a breather without mocking their ability to regale the genre fans. So in come some breath of fresh air, faster , fitter, young ones who look better at the jump-stunts and more convincing in the shoot-outs.The smash-em to smithereens action of yore has now been replaced by some tech savvy moves orchestrated well enough to proffer the requisite adrenaline rush. But the mission doesn’t succeed even with that heavy dose of youthful testosterone. The cut-aways band-up again and force Barney to reconsider his options – and then with the combined might of youthful aggression and ageing experience powering the final clash, it’s a sure bet on who wins the battle eventually!
It’s a kill happy display of might and the structuring and orchestration of the action is exciting and rigorous to say the least. The jump-cuts are a necessity in order to keep the thrills coming at you at a pace that seems even faster than machine-gun fire. Of course a lot of it is CGI but it doesn’t show up on screen as such. Once you get embroiled in the light-heartedness of this gamey enterprise there’s just no looking deep or being uninterested. In my opinion this one has more heft than the previous two editions. So go for it!