Chennai,Aug 23 () : The third franchise of Expendables series, The Expendables 3 hit screens yesterday. The action-packed movie this time has a simple plot with a clean and added cast; also with the expectations, talks are already on for fourth franchise and the crew is keen to pull Jackie Chan in.
The story was penned by Sylvester Stallone himself and the movie is directed by Patrick Huges. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their roles while added cast includes Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Robert Davi and Harrison Ford.
The story is transparent, the expendables mercenary is being called upon by CIA to bring in arms dealer Stonebanks (played by Mel Gibson). Later, it’s being revealed that Stonebanks was the co-founder of Expendables but they had very little in common. Barney played by Sylvester had morals and conscience while Stonebanks was simply interested in his turnover.
Expendables try to take him but fail twice. Stonebanks wants to take down each one of them and he comes very close to it. Barney retires off his old team and recruits younger blood to take on Stonebanks and finishes him off for good.
As the saying what goes around comes around, the young ones are held hostage when the team fails and now the original expendables crew gets back to save the day.
Now with the plot being told, let’s analyze the factors that that determine if this is watchable or not.
Too much of violence, gun shots, tanks, snipers and ravages take you to the verve but the same moment it keeps the pace and time flies by. The cast and crew leaves you awe-struck, but with too many roped in, each one is being belittled with nothing much for individual contribution. Sylvester, Antanio Bandras, Arnold and many other evoke natural laughter with their witty benders.
Mel Gibson has done justice to his role, he owns the auditorium when he’s on screen. He refers to expendables as ‘deletables’ with mockery in his tone looking for retribution. Young ones as expected are amateurs, the one appreciable thing is the crew has finally roped in a lady lead.
Verdict: If you are an avid action blockbuster fan looking forward to see some 80s muscles bend, this is the perfect movie for you.