Because sometimes one, two, or even 10 tough guys aren’t enough, we get our first sneak peak at The Expendables 3, the venerable franchise that’s the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen of big dumb 80s action movie stars. For this new outing, series stalwarts like Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Randy Couture are teamed with new recruits Kellen Lutz, Ronda Roussey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and newish (read: old) additions like Harrison Ford, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson. So keeping in mind that this is a teaser trailer, does this first look get you excited about the new film, or does it make you feel as tired as its stars look? You be the judge.
Here’s the teaser for The Expendables 3 courtesy of Yahoo:
I never thought I’d meet a trailer for a movie featuring Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Ford, Snipes and Gibson with a yawn, but here’s the proof… I do find it interesting that there’s an inference that this is the final Expendables movie, perhaps that will allow Stallone and Co. to take risks and get out of the bro-humor & blow-ups box that has typified the films so far. I doubt it, but it could happen.
For the uniformed, here’s the plot synopsis for the film:
In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
I thought the pretty boys were cannon fodder in the Expendables movies?!?! Anyone remember Liam Hemsworth in Expendables 2? Exactly. I hope Stallone isn’t pulling a Blade Trilogy and trying to cram a spin-off into the final chapter of a trilogy, and now that I’m saying that I highly doubt that anyone involved in this franchise is thinking on that kind of meta-marketing level. Maybe they can getting going on that proposed Expendabelles movie, that would be a fun way to keep the franchise going, right?
We’ll have more news on this project as it develops. Sound off with your thoughts and opinions on the teaser in the space provided below.