Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Expendables 3 (2014)

Director: Patrick Hughes. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Robert Davi. 126 min. Rated PG-13. USA/France. Action.

Finally! Exactly how these films were supposed to be (or at least how I expected them to be). The gang of "had been" action heroes are now thinking: maybe a member's demise is because ... we're not as good as old times? A self-parody, with a minimum basic story, action scenes out of the Fast and Furious notebook, Gibson as a real menacing villain, Banderas as a hilarious sidekick, and Ford always there to save the day. Even makes fun of Snipes' real-life tax evasion, and Willis' unwillingness to participate. Now, can we please close the trilogy on a happy note?

PS: Yeah, maybe I'm biased, because I gave both the original and the first sequel a No-Mo score, and the fact that I wasn't fast-forwarding the action scenes here is considered a significant improvement. Hence, the Mojo score.

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