CAB screens Expendables 3


The Campus Activities Board will be screening The Expendables 3 at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Phelps Theater on campus.

The Expendables 3, the third film in The Expendables franchise, follows a rugged team of misfits who work for the CIA. Rated PG-13, the Campus Activities Board will be presenting the movie at Phelps Theater Nov. 13 and Nov. 14. Moviegoers will be treated to free drinks and candy.  

When given the assignment to find out who is shipping bombs to a warlord in Somalia, the expendables team discovers that the person in charge of the illegal shipment is led by war criminal and former expendables member Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) who was believed to be dead.

Before the team is given the assignment to take Stonebanks down, Sylvester Stallone’s character Barney Ross decides to disband the old team and recruits a younger team who are more advanced using technology and other elements which may be beneficial to capturing Stonebanks. There is tension when the old crew meets the younger crew, each poking fun at each other about their ages and experience.  

Although the amount of time Barney was given to find a new crew that is capable of bringing Stonebanks down with little to no training is highly unlikely, the young actors bring a sense of balance to the film with different fighting styles than the actors from the previous films. Seeing the old expendables crew fight side by side with the new expendables crew was more intense and exciting than previous franchise offerings.

Mel Gibson playing the war criminal is surprisingly convincing. Seeing Gibson out of his normal role of hero or the funny guy and acting as a villain shows how well he is able to adapt to any character role.

Even though a few scenes are pointless and drawn out with quite a few cheesy quotes, the action and the amount of stars in the film, which are also featured in classic action films, are what make the film so entertaining. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Trench even repeated his famous quote from Predator, “Let’s get to the chopper,” twice.  

The Expendables 3 has a different director than its predecessors (Patrick Hughes), but he doesn’t take away from the action and explosions that action movie fans enjoy. The action scenes that take place are very unlikely, but it is still an exciting film and definitely worth viewing.