Escape to the Movies: The Expendables 3 - They Finally Got The Action Formula Right

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The Expendables 3 - They Finally Got The Action Formula Right

Despite slogging a bit in a few spots, The Expendables 3 is finally the decent star-filled action film that the first two films were trying to be (and failed).

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After seeing Gibson and Banderas be so fun in the Expendables style film Machete Kills I'll be sure to give this movie a look, probably when it's on DVD.

And I think I prefer the "just show an image of Robin Williams" thing to some moving message or goodbye.

Who'd have figured the day would come that the nostalgia throwback machismo movie would be better received than a sci-fi novel adaptation that deals with real-world themes?

So much for the summer of rage I was expecting from Bob. TAS2, Godzilla, Transformers, X-Men, then TMNT, and lastly Expendables 3. Oh well, there's always next summer, right? Dawn of Justice[1], here we come, on the backs of our dying horses with freshly cleaned clubs!

Good to hear Expendables 3 is alright. Didn't like the first two. Still not gonna see this in theatres, but might see it once its released though.

Evonisia:
And I think I prefer the "just show an image of Robin Williams" thing to some moving message or goodbye.

Ditto. Thats all we needed, really, because we all knew him and what he's done for all of us. Everything has been said already, anyways, and nobody, at this point, can really add anything else.

[1] pffffhahahahahaha! That never gets unfunny to say out loud.

MarsAtlas:
So much for the summer of rage I was expecting from Bob. TAS2, Godzilla, Transformers, X-Men, then TMNT, and lastly Expendables 3. Oh well, there's always next summer, right? Dawn of Justice[1], here we come, on the backs of our dying horses with freshly cleaned clubs!

Good to hear Expendables 3 is alright. Didn't like the first two. Still not gonna see this in theatres, but might see it once its released though.

DoJ is 2016 so you have a while but I'm sure 2015 will have plenty for Bob to bitch about.

[1] pffffhahahahahaha! That never gets unfunny to say out loud.

*Sigh* Imagine if Robin Williams had been in the Expendables as some kind of fast-talking Mad Dog Murdoch kind of character? Now I'm sad again.

youji itami:
DoJ is 2016 so you have a while but I'm sure 2015 will have plenty for Bob to bitch about.

Doy, I'm stupid. Marvel could fuck up Planet Hulk pretty easily in 2016 too. Additionally, while nobody wants it to be bad, Jurassic World has a quite strong chance of being bad or even just medicre and underwhelming. If that happens, everybody on the internet is going to shout out in unison to bash it to pieces. I don't know how upset Bob would be at that, though, since I think he was a little bit old enough that it may not have had such a strong influence on him as somebody born a few years after him would have been effected by it.

@1:20

...Am I the only one who likes Arby's? What exactly have they done to be so hated?

Anyway, good review.

Heh. Wasn't expecting to hear that.

I gotta admit, Bob getting pissed about a movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. Turtles, the second Transformers, and the like; those are the Bob movie reviews I remember and go back to every once in a while for a grin. I was kind of expecting that for this one too.

But, I am glad this one turned out to be a good one. Like Bob, I am the target audience for this kind of stuff. Maybe I'll give this one a look when it's on some streaming service I already have a subscription to.

Thanks Bob! :)

Still skipping it considering I have no attachment to Stallone and most of the other guys. There are exceptions, but I have better things to do than stroke Stallone's insecure ego.

Bob, you are wrong. It's not "okay" to try to put action movie legends into one franchise and try to milk it. It's not okay at all.

Bob, remember when you said Fast & Furious took a few movies to find their formula? Maybe Expendables finally did it... And now we can get Expendables 4 & 5 each time more ludicrous and entertaining :)

MarsAtlas:

youji itami:
DoJ is 2016 so you have a while but I'm sure 2015 will have plenty for Bob to bitch about.

Doy, I'm stupid. Marvel could fuck up Planet Hulk pretty easily in 2016 too. Additionally, while nobody wants it to be bad, Jurassic World has a quite strong chance of being bad or even just medicre and underwhelming. If that happens, everybody on the internet is going to shout out in unison to bash it to pieces. I don't know how upset Bob would be at that, though, since I think he was a little bit old enough that it may not have had such a strong influence on him as somebody born a few years after him would have been effected by it.

I was 11 when the first Jurassic came out and I thought it was awesome, still do in fact I saw the 20 year 3D rerelease last year.

Now if Jurassic World was the first sequel I may have been upset if it sucked but lost world and JP 3 already ripped that out of me and I'm sure it did to most JP fans as well.

marioandsonic:
@1:20

...Am I the only one who likes Arby's? What exactly have they done to be so hated?

You are not the only one! I don't know what Arby's has done to garner such hatred from mass media, but I love the place. Yum. If I have to choose between Wendy's and Arby's for lunch, I chose the latter. But my kids won't eat there because The Simpsons made fun of Arby's on two separate occasions.

p.s. Don't be offended by the link. I drop it every time I respond to a "am I the only one" post.

Caucasian Michelle Rodriguez... holy shit, that is so accurate it's not even funny.

Aaaaaaw damn.

You see I didn't mind the first two films for the precise reason Bob likes this one, the 3rd acts are freaking crazy, it just takes so freaking long to get there. I still remember in the first film where Stallone and Stone Cold smash into a brick wall and Lee and Statham take that dude's head off, or Crews using that ridiculous shot gun... can't remember to much from the second one, Lundgren was kinda fun... so was Van Damme, although that final fight was sad to watch.

marioandsonic:
@1:20

...Am I the only one who likes Arby's? What exactly have they done to be so hated?

Anyway, good review.

For me at least it was the food poisoning I got there twice.

Holy crap, Kelsey Grammar is in this? I was surprised to see Harrison Ford, but Kelsey Grammar? Well played, Expendables 3... well played.

Also, it bears mentioning that Expendables 3 has quite possibly the best movie tie-in game made this century. As the legend goes: Lionsgate Studios realized that a developer was already making and selling Early Access to "basically The Expendables, only good: The Video Game", also known as Broforce, and approached them about a tie-in/crossover. The result is The Expendabros, a free demo for Broforce using (temporarily) exclusive characters and scenarios loosely tied in with the movie's plot. It's short, certainly, and everything you'd expect from a free shareware-style game demo, but the fact that this crossover not only happened, but was the movie publisher's idea deserves some kind of recognition.

Just look at this trailer, featuring noted celebrity Dolph Lundgren! Be warned: this video is extremely loud and may cause severe cases of tasting freedom and 'murica! syndrome.

OT: Thank you Bob, for reassuring me that Expendables 3 doesn't entirely suck, and I shall support Free Lives and Devolver Digital, and coincidentally Lionsgate Studios, without fear of absolutely hating this movie.

For my part, I've missed Wesley Snipes, and that was a powerful draw for me to see this. No matter how crappy the first two were.

marioandsonic:
@1:20

...Am I the only one who likes Arby's? What exactly have they done to be so hated?

Anyway, good review.

"Eh, people do a lot of crazy things in advertisements...like eat at Arbys."

"I'm so hungry I could eat at Arbys"
*mutual groans of disgust from everyone*

"A possum drowned in the pool. You got a garbage bag?"
"Throw it over the fence. Let Arbys worry about it."

Three different lines from three different Simpsons episodes. Oddly enough, I don't believe these episodes were written by the same dude. And I'm with you. I like Arbys, I just tend to think of these lines whenever I hear mention of Arbys lol.

This was a fun episode, Bob. I'm glad to hear you liked this one a bit. Not because I have any particular fondness for this series, it's just kinda nice to see you enjoy some more movies xD

Thanks for the touching photo of Robin at the end.

I would've liked to hear what you thought about Boyhood this week, Mr. Chipman. I know it's your show and please feel free to continue doing what you do, but this movie didn't need a review to get people in the theater seats: Boyhood absolutely does.

Simply one of the best movies that I've ever seen and I'd recommend everyone forgoing this typical throwaway action movie in favor of Boyhood (assuming it's playing near you) this weekend.

Bob confirmed for loving Wendy's.

And who can blame him, Wendy's is pretty fucking rad.

Burnouts3s3:
Who'd have figured the day would come that the nostalgia throwback machismo movie would be better received than a sci-fi novel adaptation that deals with real-world themes?

Um, anyone? Sci-fi novel film adaptations don't exactly have a stellar track record.

Thing about The Expendables is that fans watch it for all the famous old action heroes. Not for the young people. Maybe they should bring out a movie called The Expendables jr's. lol

youji itami:

MarsAtlas:

youji itami:
DoJ is 2016 so you have a while but I'm sure 2015 will have plenty for Bob to bitch about.

Doy, I'm stupid. Marvel could fuck up Planet Hulk pretty easily in 2016 too. Additionally, while nobody wants it to be bad, Jurassic World has a quite strong chance of being bad or even just medicre and underwhelming. If that happens, everybody on the internet is going to shout out in unison to bash it to pieces. I don't know how upset Bob would be at that, though, since I think he was a little bit old enough that it may not have had such a strong influence on him as somebody born a few years after him would have been effected by it.

I was 11 when the first Jurassic came out and I thought it was awesome, still do in fact I saw the 20 year 3D rerelease last year.

Now if Jurassic World was the first sequel I may have been upset if it sucked but lost world and JP 3 already ripped that out of me and I'm sure it did to most JP fans as well.

I don't get the hate for Lost World. Was it perfect? No, but it's leagues above the steaming pile of crap that was JP3.

I agree though. Jurassic World has a really good chance of not being very good. The set up is perfect, but the execution/direction is where my concern starts to flare.

So they finally got the recipe down? May have to check this one out. Really wanted to like the first two, but seriously, the first one was a groaner and when I Redbox'd the second one, it didn't even hold our attention, I remember absolutely nothing about that movie. Glad they got it together.

Also, I'm just going to say what we're all thinking, the over-the-top movie about mercenaries needs a Ryan Reynolds Deadpool cameo.

So is Mel Gibson's thing now to be the fun over-the-top insane super-villain in his movies?

Because I am totally fine with that.

He does it disturbingly well.

TOOK them long enough to get the Expendables right! Of course, since the whole "passing the torch" sub-plot is kinda dampened by none of the newcomers being memorable (Rhonda Rhousey asides, and mostly by virtue of being "Caucasian Michelle Rodriguez"), I AM hoping that, if more Expendables are made, they actually do start picking up more modern action stars to pick up the slack, and also that these films start to increase in quality rather than go downhill again.

Speaking of future Expendables films, anybody else hear about [[http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/gina-carano-is-the-first-to-sign-on-for-the-all-female-version-of-the-expendables the planned all-female spin-off]]? I know everybody's champing at the bit for the classics like Sigourney Weaver and Uma Thurman (and so am I), but I also hope that they include Nan Yu and Rhonda Rhousey as their previous roles in Expendables 2 and 3, just for continuity's sake (and I'm secretly holding out for a bit where Nan Yu's character basically sums up the events of Expendables 2 as an unmemorable mess, before going on a meta-tangent on mocking the "guns, explosions, and macho one-liners" movies the Expendables seem to be chronically ripping off).

Hopefully next Sony will makes a good TASM movie and the fanboys can get off Bob's tits for not being 'fun-loving' or whatever.

Fappy:
Caucasian Michelle Rodriguez... holy shit, that is so accurate it's not even funny.

I dunno, from the clips he used it seemed like she was around for the big party at the end. Wouldn't Caucasian Michelle Rodriguez be contractually obligated to die before that?

This sounds like the kind of movie I'll skip but in a few months will search for the "friendly banderas scene." Couldn't be less interested in the rest of the movie.

marioandsonic:
@1:20

...Am I the only one who likes Arby's? What exactly have they done to be so hated?

Anyway, good review.

I don't hate Arby's but so far it's the only fast food restaurant that has managed to give me a severe case of heart burn which is surprising considering how I can keep crap like Taco Bell[1] down just fine. So take that for what you will.

I was kind of curious to see what Bob would have said about The Giver because for once it was a movie on a book I've actually read thanks to mandatory 7th grade. But I'm not surprised you just gave it a passing "it's not good" in the credits.

[1] I really love Taco Bell and I seriously think I have a problem.

If it wasn't weird enough hearing Yahtzee say something nice about a F2P MMORPG, today Bob gives a thumbs up to an Expandables movie! And only focusing on the Expendables series itself without whining about anything else that came out this summer? I should see if the sky is falling or that the seas are red as blood now.

Been re-watching some of Robin Williams stand-up routines. Can only recommend. Would watch again. 10/10
Weapons of Self-Destruction
Robin Williams on Broadway
.... and earlier
seriously, just wiki that.

Damn, might actually have to go see this one.

I grew up loving cheesy meathead 80's action flicks, so I was stunned by how much I didn't like the first 2 Expendables, and Bob really nailed why. Nothing really memorable about them, the one-liners were awful even by 80's action flick standards, and most of the action scenes were too CGI heavy.

Also, let's give Ronda Rousey some more credit here: Ronda Rousey is (arguably) the best female fighter on the planet, Michelle Rodriguez is just hot and looks tough.

MovieBob:
The Expendables 3 - They Finally Got The Action Formula Right

Despite slogging a bit in a few spots, The Expendables 3 is finally the decent star-filled action film that the first two films were trying to be (and failed).

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i wanna like these things, but why the hell do they have to make them 12A/PG13 - it doesnt work!

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