Claps for:- Getting Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas on board.
Slaps for:- Under-utilizing the star cast and making a below par sequel.
Popcorn refill:- Some.
The Story:- Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team of battle-hardened veterans encounter an old adversary from the past in one of their routine blow-'em-up missions. This adversary turns out to be Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), a friend-turned-foe and co-founder of 'The Expendables' with Ross. Conrad is an arms dealer whose ruthlessness forced Barney to apparently shoot him dead years ago. Rattled with his resurgence, Ross decides to recruit a new, young team of Expendables and let go of his aging comrades in order to combat Stonebanks and capture him alive to try him for war crimes as instructed by CIA operative Max Drummer (Harrison Ford). What follows next is slam-bang action and mayhem as expected!
Performances:- The problem with having such a huge star cast is that you are unable to do justice to all of them and that is exactly what happens here! Stallone gets most of the spotlight as he is the one responsible for making this franchise possible. Most of the stars including Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and the rest from the older movies have almost nothing to do! Wesley Snipes gets some screen time in the beginning and that's it. Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammar have miniscule roles which the duo pulls off effortlessly. It was good to see Mel Gibson back after a lot of unwanted controversies and still has solid screen presence. He is menacing and intimidating, doing full justice to his not-so-meaty role. There is nothing much to talk about the young generation seen here and the movie is all about Sylvester Stallone.
Direction:- It will be disappointing for Patrick Hughes that he has been unable to better this movie in comparison to the earlier parts. For a die-hard action fan like me, who even enjoys brainless movies with good fight sequences, it didn't strike a chord at all. Plus, except Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas, every other cast member felt wasted! It was always going to be difficult to pull this feat off with so many big names, which the first two films did manage to, to an extent. The previous two films weren't exactly all-time greats, but they made for a fun watch!
Combo on Offer:- The movie bears the promise of being better than its predecessors but is a complete let-down. I am sure action fanatics would watch the movie and be disappointed after watching it! I really wanted this movie to be good, not Oscar-worthy of course, but at least satiate our appetite for action.
Verdict:- The movie is a step down from its prequels, for which it gets Slaps.