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Review: ‘The Expendables 3’

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The Expendables 3

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Sylvester Stallone is back with the same star-studded, muscle action formula in “The Expendables 3.” For this new chapter though, Stallone tries to mix things up by bringing in younger members to the crew. But does this work, or is this installment a major dud?

Review: ‘The Expendables 3’
Promotional image, theatrical poster

If you have never been a fan of “The Expendables” franchise, this chapter will not change your mind. However, if you watched the first two, you already know what you’ll be getting from “The Expendables 3,” but is this installment better than the previous?

“The Expendables 3” features fun-to-watch action sequences that are very inventive – or at least it does in the last 20-30 minutes. So is it worth the two hours though? Not really. The first full 90 minutes are fairly slow, with possibly one of the best scenes in the beginning of the film. Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham), and the rest of the gang save an old Expendable member, Doc (Wesley Snipes).

Shortly after, they discover that behind some heavy crimes is Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), a founding member of The Expendables that betrayed the team and went rogue. Barney decides to kick his gang to the curb (for their own good and safety, he says) and bring on younger members along to this mission.

From that moment until the last scene is all snooze and minor thrills as Barney travels to collect the newcomers. The newbies are Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. Also very eager to join is Antonio Banderas’ character, Galgo, who helps keep the last part of the movie from turning into a 40 minute nap thanks to his character’s charm.

The last action sequence is a lot of fun and the main reason fans continue to watch these chapters. But instead of building up to this big moment, the plot felt lazy and dragged audiences along until the final predictable fireworks.

“The Expendables 3” is in theaters today and runs for a little over 2 hours long. Also starring: Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, and more.