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Expendables 3 worth seeing at theater

Gobucks2204's picture
August 16, 2014 at 2:09pm
9 Comments

I just saw Expendables 3 last night. Here is the trailer:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTte6BQndTQ

I felt I needed to see it because it is rare to see so many Hollywood action stars all in a film together. Among the most notable are Stallone, Arnold, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammar, Randy Couture, and a few others.  Here is the full cast.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2333784/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

Obviously, it's draw isn't a wonderful plot and storyline.  It's major draw is the action, star power, and overall testosterone. I enjoyed seeing Mel Gibson back in a movie again, after being blacklisted (certainly warranted initially) over his drunken tirades, and anti-semitism.  America is generally a forgiving people, and if he is repentant, it would be nice to see him on the big screen more often. He made a great villain in the film.

Sure their are a bunch of cheesy lines, but you do get to hear Arnold say, "Get to the chopper!" A quote from Predator.

It was enjoyable seeing how the new younger Expendables were chosen, and how they meshed with the older crew. Overall, worth seeing just for the action sequences and star power alone. It is worth the price of admission. I also saw the Giver (see comments below) which is also worth seeing.

rosenbuck's picture

I enjoyed the last one more, I think it did a better job of not taking itself too seriously and was organically funnier.  This one took itself too seriously, but it was still entertaining.  As you said, the appeal for these is the cast, and it was quite a cast.

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Gobucks2204's picture

I didn't see the other two, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. I'll have to see them sometime.

Byaaaahhh's picture

I haven't seen this particular movie, but I suspect that it, like many others I have enjoyed, relies on your low expectations. As long as you go in knowing it'l be action with plot holes like swiss cheese and corny dialogue, it should be alright.

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Gobucks2204's picture

I also went to see The Giver as well, starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.  It was the screen adaptation to the book from the 90's.  It was interesting and frightening to see this dystopia which served as a warning similar to brave new world by Aldous Huxley, or Orwell's 1984. Spoiler alert:

It was a total surveillance society where all human emotion and suffering were removed.  Everyday people took injections to remove all emotions, and negativity, as well as other positive ones like love, empathy and compassion.  Careers were chosen by a group of elders when a certain age was reached.  Everyone was equal, and there was no envy, or jealousy or competition. Young infants were killed if they were not as healthy as others, but they called it being "released."  Elderly were also "released" when they reached a certain age, and not useful anymore.

It had some pretty frightening ideas and depictions of what this "perfect society" entailed. Also worth seeing simply because it will make you think. It is a movie that will certainly stick with you for awhile.

whiskeyjuice's picture

I find them overall entertaining. A lot of over top action in these films. If you are the type of person that likes to point out what couldn't happen in real life, then probably not your movie as you will annoy those around you. Take it for what it is, a cast cashing in on their past success with action flicks.

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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Gobucks2204's picture

I definitely agree with the finding holes in action comment. You kind have to suspend your disbelief for awhile.  I remember thinking in the movie how could Stallone do all that damage with just a handgun in a few scenes.

GreatLakesBeer's picture

I remember growing up and idolizing Stallone and Arnold like they were Buckeyes. I wonder if there's any action stars that kids could look up too today

If you will it dude, it is no dream

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Gobucks2204's picture

Good question. Maybe the Rock?

GreatLakesBeer's picture

He would be my first guess. Just not many PG_13 action movies.

If you will it dude, it is no dream