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I watched this movie with a unique perspective to most as I had not seen either of the previous “Expendables” movies or many of the ‘80s movies for which most of these old-timers are famous for. This was not really a problem as it meant I was not blinded by nostalgia for these elderly gentlemen.
The story of this movie is not really necessary for me to explain. It is just an excuse for lots of things to blow up and lots of one-liner jokes some of which even I as a boy circa 1996 got (though this novelty was over-used).
My inner child was satisfied with seeing bad guys getting shot to pieces. Though I do take issue with the level of violence here. There’s not enough!
Not only do we get pointless exposition over characters nobody cares about, as more and more are piled on, the violence was intentionally edited down and “unbloodened” so that the BBFC could give it a 12 Rating and the box office could help pay for more plastic surgery for these geriatrics. I have moral contention with that, but that’s for another day.
The acting is acceptable for a film of this calibre, the writing is sometimes more than just in-jokes and Mel Gibson as the villain is pretty decent.
I had fun with this movie though there are better and more memorable films of this type. I do understand though that not every movie has to be “Schindler’s List”.
Recommended scenario: Turn on at boring party.
If what I have written tells you that you would like this film, you can book tickets to see it at your local Cineworld here.