Running Time: 2 hours 6 minutes
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) has been leading his elite team of mercenaries for years, but when they are ambushed and left broken and bleeding by old foe Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), Barney feels like it may be time to retire The Expendables. Before he hangs it up for good, Barney is approached by the CIA to make one more run at Stonebanks and he decides to leave his old friends out of danger and recruit new young operatives to carry out the mission. But bad turns to worse when Stonebanks captures Barney’s new team and says he will execute them in 48 hours if Barney doesn’t give himself up. Knowing very well that they are facing long odds, The Expendables regroup to either rescue their comrades in arms or die trying.
The simple fact about The Expendables 3 and The Expendables franchise in general is that either you like the action, guns, stars, explosions, mayhem and one-liners, or you don’t. I like them. These are mindless fun that is a throwback to when the things that blew up in movies were real and not on a green screen. Stallonehas gathered together a dream team of action stars who look like they are having the time of their lives and he loads every scene with adrenaline in the hopes that the 2 hours will fly by and you will have had some giddy, escapist thrills. The scripts are flawed: a lot of jokes miss, some stuff makes no sense and they never quite get the more emotional stuff right, but I didn’t go to The Expendables 3 for that. I went to see a guy on a dirt bike throw a grenade down the gun barrel of a tank, a helicopter battle a train on its way to a prison, a boat get launched out of the water to land on the flatbed of a speeding truck and Ronda Rousey beat people up. B