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Vic's Flick Picks

The Expendables 3

(Two popcorn boxes!)

  Yes – number three – which is usually a magic number, but not so much this time. I was still shaking my head over the ridiculousness (is that a word) of number two (pun intended) when -bam! – I saw a commercial for The Expendables 3.

  Nothing has changed this time around. The group of mercenaries known as The Expendables is still flying/driving/parachuting into unsanitary looking places to rescue someone/something/somebomb.

  Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is the leader of this loveable ragtag bunch of misfits - Christmas (Jason Statham), Caesar (Terry Crews), Gunnar (Dolph Lundgren) and Toll Road (Randy Couture). Caesar is wounded on a mission by former comrade, now enemy, Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) so Ross decides to disband the team for their own safety and gather a team of youngsters to go after Stonebanks. Huh?

  A member of the team is seriously wounded or killed in the first two movies as well. The team wasn’t fired for their safety. What kind of troll logic is that?

  The young team (Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell) is prettier than the old guys, but their acting is not as good. That was sarcasm – the acting in this film is led by the shiny new veteran actors Stallone had the good sense to bring on board.

  Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) helps Ross find his new team. Drummer (Harrison Ford) is the new government contact for Ross – replacing Bruce Willis.  Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) is a diabolical bad guy. Galgo (Antonio Banderas) is an old mercenary looking for a team. Those four characters/actors are the ONLY reason it was possible to sit through 126 minutes of bad dialogue and corny emotional moments. Banderas in particular was outstandingly funny.

  Two boxes out of five for The Expendables 3. If you are a fan, like the handsome husband, then by all means cajole your significant other into a trip to the multiplex. If you didn’t like the first two, then run don’t walk to see Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is rated PG-13 for violence and some language.

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    Did I forget to say Wesley Snipes was also in this film? Oh well, he didn’t add much. He is excellent, however, in this 2000 spy adventure also starring Anne Archer.


  Oh, Chris Pratt. He is forever Bright Abbott to me – in this really good TV show from 2002-2006. Everwood.



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