Most movie critics will likely start having convulsions after reading the title, but if you’d let me explain, I’m sure you’d all agree with me. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for months. It’s like a guilty pleasure. I knew Mr. Stallone wouldn’t disappoint me and he didn’t. The Expendables 3 exceeded my expectations by far and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the castmembers. So what makes this movie worth your time and money? Five reasons…
- A formidable cast
There are so many action stars in this movie, you’ll get dizzy by the mere sight of the cast list. Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Terry Crews… and the list goes on. Alright, not every single actor is as talented as the other when it comes to actual acting ability… but there is no denying that this is one impressive group of actors and action heroes.
- Self depricating humour
The moment where the Expendables enquire what Wesley Snipes’ character Doc was in prison for, is priceless. “Tax evasion,” he snarls sarcastically. Those of you who follow Hollywood news, will know that the actor has actually served time in prison for this naughty deed! The whole movie is full of these little jabs, mainly to do with age. Speaking of which… Sly is 68?! From what I’ve seen on behind the scenes material, that guy works harder and is physically in a much better shape than most people a third his age…
- Banderas and Gibson
Antonio Banderas starred with Stallone in the 1995 action movie ‘Assassins’, one of my favourite movies. I knew the Spaniard is a fantastic actor, but he totally surprised me in his role as Galgo. Banderas is effortlessly funny as a mercenary, who is desperate for a cause and a group of friends. An absolutely disarming character. Mel Gibson however is less cuddly as bad guy Stonebanks. Having read about his real life antics, I forgot he’s a phenomenal actor as well. Gibson practically radiates menace and I think I’d crumble to the floor with fear if he looked at me, the way he looked at Stallone. A well made casting decision.
- PG-13 rating
This might have been a huge disappointment for hardcore action lovers, but I found it a slight relief. There was enough violence and hundreds of nameless baddies were killed off, but there was hardly any blood to be seen. I think this is a welcome change in contemporary action movies. Not everything needs to be realistic. We see enough unpleasant realism on the news.
- One scene sums it up (Spoiler alert!)
Picture this: Schwarzenegger yells on two (!) occassions “Get into the choppaaahh!”, which is flown by Harrison Ford. Stallone jumps towards it, while the building beneath him collapses. That alone makes you want to run to the cinema, doesn’t it?
What’s your take on The Expendables 3? Let me know in the comments!