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The Expendables 3 (2014)

The Expendables 3 (2014)

The third segment of this Expendables saga didn't really have anything the previous two didn't, except maybe an unusually impressive final fight. Or rather: an all-out war. Don't get me wrong though, even if the sarcasm abuse and tough guy stereotypes don't seem to punch a hole in my mind any longer, I loved this movie. I loved ever second of the action. And scratch the thing about Expendables 3 not having anything the previous movies didn't have: both Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas were much appreciated additions! They were both surprising in the ways they first appear and impressive in what they achieve from there on out. Especially Antonio lightens up the mood with occasional bursts of extreme luck and unintentional comedy. I wonder how they convinced him to take that role... but I'm glad he did!

Mel Gibson played the villain well, the story progresses at a reasonable pace - at times fast, at times in planning, plotting and picking up options - and there's always something going on. As always, Barney (Silvester Stallone) feels like he's getting too old for this Expendables shit (is that just in the movie?), but this time he decides to actually pick up a new crew. I was expecting some more well-known faces in this particular gang, but although they were all faces and no-names, they did a great job. The stunts are spectacular. The explosions are awesome. The final fight is something else. Oh, and that new team? I don't think I'll be spoiling anything when I say that they join up with the rest of the old guys and become one more chunk of a big happy family of war-crazed maniacs!

This would probably be a good place to end this series, but who gives up on a series as profitable as this? At least not Stallone! Looking forward to the next one, although I'm not expecting anything any more spectacular. Oh, and Ford! Both the actor and the product placement. Nice watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

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