The ‘Expendables’ films are somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me in the sense that they remind me of an American muscle car, like the Corvette Stingray. It might not be state of the art in certain ways, such as engine technology, but it’s surprising the problems that copious amounts of horsepower can solve.
This film is chock full of actors that some might consider relics, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford, yet if the earlier films in the series are any indicator, it will probably manage to hum along pretty well too.
Mel Gibson is in this as well, playing a villain. Which makes me wonder: Is there some sort of typecasting going on here? Every since his very public meltdown, it seems that he more often than not plays a villain. 2012’s “Get The Gringo?” Criminal. 2013’s “Machete Kills?” Megalomanicial villain. 2014’s “Expendables 3?” Seemingly a mega-megalomanical villain.
I don’t know who Gibson’s agent is, but if I were he, I would really begin to start to question their judgement.
Then again, he seemed to be playing a decent sort in Jodie Foster’s 2011 film, “The Beaver,” and we saw how well that worked.
Wesley Snipes is thrown into the mix too, which makes me think he’s perhaps one of the luckiest men on Earth, because most people don’t tend to bounce back so quickly from prison sentences.