I have to say I was dreading this 3rd in what seems to be a never-ending franchise (there’s talk of an “Expendabelles” all female version) but I was very pleasantly surprised- I laughed a lot and just went along for the silly ride.
In his first role since doing close to 3 years for tax evasion, Wesley Snipes finally gets to join the fun (he was supposed to star in the original but then came that little jail thing). He’s hilarious in the opening scene. Mel Gibson gets to play the bad guy they’re after with Harrison Ford as the biggie calling the shots in the mission. Kelsey Grammer helps Sly Stallone find new expendables when he’s forced to fire the old crew after a botched job. Antonio Banderas steals the movie as a manic new recruit. The franchise gets younged up with the additions of Kellan Lutz, Victor Oritz and for the first time, a woman: Ronda Rousey.
While there’s lots of action and dead bodies, there are just a few dribbles of blood so it’s pretty sanitized when it comes to violence.
My major beef- about 45 minutes of “The Expendables 3” was expendable.
2 and a half stars