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Sylvester Stallone with the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3

See how crowded that frame is? That’s the thing about an Expendables movie: lots of actors.

Since it is impossible–even if the filmmakers were so inclined–to give each character a narrative arc of any consequence, character development is sacrificed at the altar of the almighty action sequence.

The Expendables 3 is committed to showing things blowing up, vehicles slamming into all kinds of inanimate objects, and there is enough gunfire to make that video from way back when attempting to count all the bullets fired in a Rambo movie look like the mere trailer for this one. Seriously, there is a lot of gunfire in The Expendables 3.

Sylvester Stallone is front and centre yet again as Barney Ross, the badass who leads a team of badasses who talk smack about each other, but share a bond of comradeship that goes above and beyond all else. Jason Statham is back, as are Arnold Scwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture. New additions to the crew include Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, and Mel Gibson as the Big Bad Villain. There is also some young blood in the form of Kellan Lutz, Glenn Powell, Ronda Rousey, and Victor Ortiz. What does it all add up to? Over two hours of mayhem and some senior citizens talking trash that could have totally been left on the cutting floor (or the digital trashcan).

Final Analysis: The actions sequences have a certain amount of heft and the battle between Stallone and Gibson really delivers the impression of ageing tough guys trying to hurt each other.

My Advice: You only watch this movie if you are a fan; or want to watch some onscreen violence that does not involve you doing any work with a video game controller.