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The Expendables 3 (2014)



Critic Consensus: Like its predecessors, Expendables 3 offers a modicum of all-star thrills for old-school action thriller aficionados -- but given all the talent assembled, it should have been a lot more fun.

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In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet. Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production. (C) Lionsgate

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Sylvester Stallone
as Barney Ross
Jason Statham
as Lee Christmas
Jet Li
as Yin Yang
Dolph Lundgren
as Gunnar Jensen
Mel Gibson
as Conrad Stonebanks
Kellan Lutz
as John Smilee
Terry Crews
as Hale Caesar
Randy Couture
as Toll Road
Kelsey Grammer
as Bonaparte
Daniel Angelov
as Local Cop #2
Dimitar Doichinov
as Head Bodyguard
Boswell Maloka
as Somali Drug Warlord
Natalie Burn
as Conrad's Wife
Velizar Binev
as Art Broker
Sarai Givaty
as Camilla
Frank Pesce
as Fight Watcher
Thomas Canestrano
as Conrad's Henchman
Thomas Canestraro
as Conrad's Henchman
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Critic Reviews for The Expendables 3

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (52)

The movie borrows so liberally from other action films that it starts to feel at times a bit like a BuzzFeed listicle.

December 31, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, it's pretty much the same mixture as before, but slicker and more polished, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

August 19, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If they're expendable, why won't they die?

August 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Expendables franchise has never been as meta-textual as a series featuring every movie hard-arse on the planet ought to be.

August 16, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At this point, the Expendables have formed and reformed so many times they're like the world's most macho wife swap, the action version of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

August 15, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A wasted opportunity.

August 15, 2014 | Rating: .5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Expendables 3

After the mediocre first and insultingly stupid second part this one finally delivers what the series always set out to do: elderly action stars in ironic, fun action scenes. The humor works much better here and doesn't feel as forced as before and the new additions are great. Especially Gibson obviously had fun with his villain role. Sure, this still isn't one of the smartest films ever made and it certainly wouldnt have needed the young additions. But at least the film is fun and thoroughly entertaining, unlike the stupid second part.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The third installment of the star-studded-mercenary-faction continues to bring in all the thrills you'd come to know from the franchise as well as the flaws. (Second-rate CGI/effects & the usual cheesy, nostalgic one-liners.) But if you're in to the explosive action with no substance & a surplus of star power, then this film's for you. 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Patrick Hughes blows it all with The Expendables 3. Opening with balls to the walls action, the 120 minute story grasps hard at the start and again at the finish, leaving a little bit of a breather in between. The film has its ups and downs with the light plot and its lefts and rights with the action, going both old school and new school with its characters. The body count is high and the action is over the top explosive bundled with some hit and miss CG. The violence is mild, however, leading to a PG-13 rating. The plethora of characters may seem like a chore to follow, but it really isn't that bad, especially with little in the way of background. Sylvester Stallone carries the film on his back, while everyone else is along for the ride. Ronda Rousey is a fresh female face in a sea of male characters. Antonio Banderas is a scene stealer in his own right. The Expendables 3 isn't afraid to let it loose, and while this takes away some of the seriousness, it's all good clean fun in the end.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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