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Review: The Expendables 3

Updated: Friday, August 15 2014, 04:19 PM CDT

Grade: C-

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

With The Expendables franchise, what you see is really what you get. Either you hate it or you don't. You watch this film for the action and the one-line quotes that are usually obsurb. Sylvester Stallone knew what he was doing when he put together this team of actors from action hero movies. It's already made a half of billion dollars worldwide. It's just a shame that the story is very dull and predictable, because I know Stallone puts a lot of heart into his writing. 

In the third installment of The Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) shows up with a vendetta against Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his team. Stonebanks originally co-founded The Expendables many years before, but they had a falling out. Barney finds out he is alive in the midst of a battle in Mogadishu. Caesar (Terry Crews) is left hospitalized from this battle and Barney is afraid that one of his team is going to be killed. They are his family so he disassembles his team and rebuilds it with a fresh team of youngsters (Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, and Twilight's Kellan Lutz) to take down Stonebanks.

This film has a rating of PG-13, which gives a broader audience a chance to see this. So don't expect to see a lot of blood and guts. There's the new team in the movie that draws in the teens and the older action heroes that draws crowds in their 40s and older. I mean, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger will always be in our hearts. The upside is Antonio Banderas steals almost every scene that he is in. Mel Gibson is very enjoyable as a bad guy. Also, Harrison Ford plays the CIA operative filling the shoes of Bruce Willis since last summer's feud between him and Stallone. You will enjoy the pacing and the non-stop action of the film, but there's no surprises here. 

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Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

Review: The Expendables 3

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