The USA premiere of The Expendables 3 is scheduled to be held on the 15th day of August, but I am one of the many people to have watched the DVD version that has leaked online three weeks ahead of the film's theatrical release. Before you rip me apart regarding Internet piracy, I want to defend myself by saying that I will most probably go to the cinema and watch the movie, because a big portion of it was filmed in my native Bulgaria (Patriotism! Whoa!).
The film is directed by Patrick Hughes, and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt and Sylvester Stallone.
It is a sequel to the 2012 action film The Expendables 2, and features returning cast members Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. New additions to the cast include Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, George Clooney, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz and Robert Davi. .
The story follows the mercenary group known as "The Expendables" as they come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), the Expendables' co-founder, who is determined to destroy the team. A lot of themes such as loyalty and accepting your age (Yes, I wrote that!) are explored in the movie.
A significant plot detail is that Barney Ross (Stallone) resorts to recruiting a new and younger generation of Expendables to help the team overcome his old adversary, who he thought he had killed.
To be honest, it is pretty obvious that if you did not enjoy the previous installments or such action flicks, in general, you will most definitely not be impressed by this movie. Although, that is definitely an issue, the movie has its merits. It is fast-paced and consists of a lot of suspense scenes and the dialogue, despite being cheesy at times, it is not bad and even it is humorous and entertaining at times.
In conclusion, I would definitely recommend [The Expendables 3](movie:388705) if you want to see such an enormous ensemble cast of the biggest action stars of the last three decades; actors who are most known for their bodies, rather than for their acting skills. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the movie and I believe that so would you.