Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Expendables 3 (12A) - 'A dreadfully cynical exercise'

The cast of Expendables 3
The cast of Expendables 3

George Byrne

Action starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammar. Directed by Patrick Hughes.


Dear God, this joke is wearing particularly thin.  The first film in the Expendables franchise was pretty decent fun, taking the 'I'm too old for this shit' line Danny Glover used in Lethal Weapon to its logical conclusion by building an entire movie around the premise and recruiting an array of 80s action stars to get the older punters back into the cinemas, alongside some fresh blood to do the heavy lifting and high-kicking.

However, by the second film Stallone, Bruce Willis and the rest were clearly taking the mick, lobbing in bizarre appearances from Chuck Norris into the mix just to hammer the point home.  Unfortunately, the third time round merely feels like a dreadfully cynical exercise.

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