by Brianna Siciliano Social Media Coordinator
“The Expendables 3,” which is the third and last movie for the Expendables franchise, earned $15,879,645 in the box office on the film’s opening weekend in August. Fans were pleased action-wise, but some of the lines were a bit corny and unnecessary.
Fans of the first two Expendables films were excited to see their favorite characters like Barney Ross (Sylvestor Stallone), Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), Trench (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Doc (Wesley Snipes), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Caesar (Terry Crews), Drummer (Harrison Ford), and Toll Road (Randy Couture).
At the same time, many fans new to the Expendables films were excited to see the new characters, including Smilee (Kellan Lutz), Galgo (Antonio Banderas), Mars (Victor Ortiz), Thorn (Glen Powell), and Luna (Ronda Rousey).
The film begins with an intense action scene, which might be confusing for viewers who have not seen the previous two movies. Ross and his crew of Expendables begin the movie by rescuing Doc from prison so that he can assist the understaffed members of the Expendables in a “routine mission.”
Unfortunately, the Expendables crew fail in their mission, leaving one member in very bad condition. The mission was a disaster, but Ross did gain some important knowledge: that Stonebanks, who he thought he killed, was still alive.
When he returns to America with his crew, Ross is hired by CIA field operative Max Drummer to find Stonebanks and turn him in to the CIA alive.
Ross decides that in order to find and bring in Stonebanks, he needs “new blood” on his team. He forces retirement on his Expendables crew and asks Bonaparte (Kelsey Grammer) to help him assemble a new, strong, tech-savy team.
“I enjoyed getting to know the new Expendables individually. When Bonaparte and Ross visit each member, the audience gets to know the new characters’ personalities. Luna, for example, seems like the hostess for a club, but instead, she is the bouncer. While Mars is a talented gunman, Thorn is a technology-loving bada**. Smilee comes off arrogant and seems to keep to himself, but once he is confident in the case he is working in, he opens up to the rest of his Expendables crew,” said senior Alex Borrelli.
Ross and the new team – Smilee, Mars, Thorn, and Luna – manage to capture Stonebanks alive, and are almost victorious with bringing Stonebanks back to the United States. Almost.
Stonebanks is one step ahead of the new tech-savy crew. His team is able to track down Barney’s van and take their leader back while managing to injure Barney and capture the four young Expendables.
With the hopes of getting his team back, Barney does his best to fix his plane for the rescue. Somehow, Galgo finds Barney and begs to be a part of the Expendables crew. Galgo is one of the best characters in Expendables 3; his character is very, very talkative, which annoys most of the other characters in the movie. Fortunately, most of the things Galgo says brings lots laughter to the movie’s audience.
“My favorite part of the movie is towards the end, when the entire Expendables crew bonds as one team. I think it was the most entertaining part of the movie. While Smilee is doing his tricks on his motorcycle, Luna, Mars, Thorn, Christmas, and Galgo are fighting off the enemies inside the old building. While Ross is hunting down Stonebanks, Gunner Jensen and Toll Road take over one of the enemy’s tanks. Everyone just seems to come together in that scene,” said junior Justin Salvesen.
“Expendables 3” is most-definitely worth seeing. The action is always fast and hard, and the acting was impressive and spot on. Although some lines felt rushed, unnecessary, and corny, others were perfect and humorous. The characters were able to blow up a few buildings, and then find ways to bond and laugh.
Are your favorite movies action movies? Do you like to laugh? Well, “Expendables 3” is perfect for you! Go watch the movie and come back here to tell me what you think. Did you enjoy the movie as much as I did?