The Expendables is a franchise that I should love. All the big action names from my youth coming together for one big slobberknocker movie sounds better than a good idea, it sounds like the best idea in all of human history. Why then does the teaser of this third installment mean so little to me?
I was more than excited when the first Expendables movie came out, and then more than disappointed when I actually saw the film. It seemed it the film was more about having the names and trying to be cool, then it was about doing anything interesting with them and making a cool movie. Add in some beyond crappy CGI effects and you have a movie that left a sour taste in my mouth. I decided to opt out of the sequel in theaters due to word of mouth that it was just more of the same, although it is one my Netflix list so I do intend to watch it.
The third go-around here, set with an August 15, 2014 release date seems to be once again making the same mistake. This installment star Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammar, but having the names alone doesn’t impress me anymore. I’m not asking for high art, but give me something more than the tired “look who we got this time, isn’t that cool?” schtick. Been there, done that, didn’t do it for me. I guess why I’m so hard on this series is because I desperately want to like it, I want nothing more than to leave a theater excited and go talk with a friend or two over a beer how cool the movie was and so far this series has denied me that pleasure. Here’s hoping this third movie has some bite this time to back up all its bark.
So my good people, are you excited about The Expendables 3? Sound off in the comments soldiers and let us know!