While the first Expendables was pretty bad, The Expendables 2 went bigger, packed in more 40 years or older action stars, and– well, it still kinda sucked, but it was an improvement over the original. Since the third film was announced, it seems like we’ve been hearing about a new middle aged actor being added to the film every other week. Well, we now have a comprehensive list of who’s starring in the latest movie, which began production today:

  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Jason Statham
  • Jet Li
  • Dolph Lundgren
  • Randy Couture
  • Terry Crews
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Mel Gibson
  • Harrison Ford
  • Kellan Lutz
  • Ronda Rousey
  • Victor Ortiz
  • Glen Powell

Now, that may seem like a cast of “has-been” actors, and even a couple of “never-weres” (everyone knows acting and arm bars go hand in hand), but the upward trend, however slight, has me feeling hopeful. In theory, the movie acts as an avenue in bringing action packed nostalgia to fans of those 80’s-90’s action films, but seeing how those first two movies went, I’m surprised we are getting a third. Maybe my tastes have grown, but the first movie came off as incredibly cheesy, while the second also left a lot to be desired.

The latest plot continues the theme of pitting the battling mercenaries against a team that, in reality, is not very much different than themselves. This time, they are going through with a “new school vs. old school” story, which is kind of confusing to me, considering the majority of the cast is what most people would consider “old school.”

The official plot description:

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’m not sure if I’m going to be wasting my cash to watch this one in theatres, but it might be worth checking out once it hits Netflix, as the ridiculous amount of action is always good for a laugh.

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