Release Date: November 25, 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 126 Mins.
Director: Patrick Hughes
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Kelsey Grammer
Barney Ross, Lee Christmas and the rest of the Expendables mercenary unit are back. This time they’re out for revenge. This time it’s personal. Like even more personal than the last time it was personal. Ross will have to find new ways and recruit new blood to exact his revenge. Anyway, they found a way to shove in more cameos and what seems to be more explosions than you can shake a stick at.
Now, I won’t even get into the acting because you should already know with this 80’s action flick throwback series. Stallone brings in new blood to help him in his revenge. Ronda Rousey from the ranks of the UFC jumps on board as Luna and Victor Ortiz from the world of Pro Boxing even make appearance as Mars this time out. And they never seem out of place as they seem to translate their natural combat abilities to the screen. Snipes is a welcome addition to the older guy side of the film as well as Antonio Banderas. Harrison Ford does show in a few spots and seems to replace Bruce Willis as the Federal Agent that inserts himself in the personal affairs of Barney Ross but doesn’t have a prominent role.
The action is good in sections but, tired overall. The stunts from the younger generation of Expendables are cool. They’re flashier and more likely to please the crowd. The older fellows seem to stick to their average schtick of diving away from explosions save for some parkour from Snipes and Banderas character. The humor remains intact as the actors take shots at some of their real life issues. My favorite is a line that Snipes drops early on in the film. Mel Gibson is far and away the best villain the series has seen. He simply delivers all the crazy necessary.
Simply put, if you want a straight forward action movie this gives you anything and everything you’ll need. The overabundance of people in this film is a bit cumbersome as they attempt to give everyone a moment but it’s a problem the franchise has. Mel Gibson and his special brand of crazy works more than well here and is a highlight in my humble opinion. Action fans have another gem.