(2014) (Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: The leader of a group of mercenaries replaces older members of his team with younger ones, all in hopes of bringing down an international arms dealer he thought he killed years earlier.
- After freeing one of their original founding members, Doc (WESLEY SNIPES), from a train headed toward a secret prison, Barney Ross (SYLVESTER STALLONE) and his team of mercenaries -- Lee Christmas (JASON STATHAM), Gunnar Jensen (DOLPH LUNDGREN), and Toll Road (RANDY COUTURE) -- head to Mogadishu where they unite with the other member of their Expendables crew, Hale Caesar (TERRY CREWS), to capture a bad guy for the CIA. They're shocked to discover that he's actually Conrad Stonebanks (MEL GIBSON), also one of the original founding members who then went over to the criminal side and became an international arms dealer. Barney is most surprised since he believed he had killed Stonebanks years ago and the villain gets away again, but not before severely wounding Caesar.
After getting his new marching orders from CIA Field Operations Officer Max Drummer (HARRISON FORD), and realizing he's already lost too many of his past team members, Barney essentially fires Christmas, Jensen and Toll Road. With the aid of mercenary recruiter Bonaparte (KELSEY GRAMMER), Barney starts assembling a younger team, knowing all too well that they might all be headed on a perilous, one-way trip. After passing on the over-eager assassin, Galgo (ANTONIO BANDERAS), he settles on the quartet of former Navy SEAL John Smilee (KELLAN LUTZ); martial arts expert Luna (RONDA ROUSEY); hacker Thorn (GLEN POWELL); and tough guy Mars (VICTOR ORTIZ).
But when their grab and snatch job on Stonebanks goes amiss, Barney finds himself needing the help of his former adversary, Trench (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER); his newest associate who used to work with The Expendables, Yin Yang (JET LI); and the rest of his formerly fired team to rescue the youngsters and bring down the notorious arms dealer.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of either of the first two "Expendables" movies and/or the plethora of older (and some newer) action stars, they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language.
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