DIG Box Office: the third time is not the charm for 'Expendables'

BY: ZACH NIX

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Stallone and friends are back for the third time in the longest, dullest, and worst of part in The Expendables series. There is dismal action, acting, story telling, and jokes. As a huge action fan, I was severely disappointed by this film and found it to be a huge insult to all of the fans of these action icons and the films that they have made for so many years. The Expendables 3 follows the tradition of the first two films by opening up with a huge action scene that is unrelated to the plot of the film. This time, the Expendables track down an old team member named Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes) and take him on a mission to stop an arms dealer. Surprisingly, the arms dealer turns out to be the once thought deceased Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), a former founding member of the Expendables turned bad.

After one of the Expendables gets badly wounded on the mission, Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) tells the rest of his team that he doesn’t want to see any more of them get hurt. Therefore, he drops the old Expendables team out of love (Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture) and hires a new team of lil’ Expendables (Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz) in order to get some youthful experience on the team. When the newcomers gets captured, it’s up to the old Expendables team to rescue them from the clutches of Stonebanks.

The plot for The Expendables 3 is predictable, tired, and weak. I couldn’t help but groan when Stallone told the rest of his friends that they had to leave the team. From that beat forward, everything in the film was completely predictable, besides action icons pop up for their cameo.

If the weak plot is not bad enough, audiences are forced to deal with some disappointingly tame action. Stallone and friends have built their careers around R-rated action nearly all of their lives. For some reason, Stallone believed that he owed it to the younger generation to give them a PG-13 film that they could access. This taming of the material clearly shows. All of the action is incredibly choppy and absent of all blood, headshots, and limb decapitations. All that is left is a weak action film not representative of the likes of Rambo, The Terminator, and Blade.

Besides Tyler Bates’ memorable score and newcomers, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes, nearly everything about The Expendables 3 was extremely disappointing. The digital effects are laughably bad, the one-liners and plot are extremely groan worthy, and the walk on cameos are lazy and uninspired. While it looks like everyone had fun making this film, no one bothered to stop and quality check the film they were making.