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*Blockbuster film franchises don’t come around very often, but it is the hopes of every producing team.

As franchises go, most find the need to reinvent themselves by the third movie. This is true for franchises such as “Spiderman,” and Batman, just to name a few. Other franchises, such as “Twilight,” “Friday the 13th,” and “Nightmare of Elm Street” have been strong enough to remain true to their core concept without the need to “reboot” the series. They keep the same characters, the same general plot lines and keep the fan base that they created in the original movie with very few changes.

Even fewer movies actually improve going into the third movie. Among those few movies is the Expendables franchise which releases its third installment titled “The Expendables 3.” The film is about a team of highly skilled soldiers that look towards the twilight of their careers, and partly because they can’t see themselves doing anything else, they take the missions from which they are not expected to return.

The Expendables team, made up of a score of industry veterans that include Oscar nominees, highly skilled martial artists, and a few dramatic actors look to become yet another film franchise that actually improves over time. Hitting box offices Friday, August 15, The Expendables 3 won’t disappoint movie goers.

In charge of this franchise is creator and executive producer Sylvester Stallone. Stallone, who single handedly is responsible for several highly successful film franchises, including Rocky and Rambo used his industry experience and influence to pull together arguably the greatest film cast of any action movie. Creating the “Fantasy Football Roster” of action stars as one reporter stated, Stallone sought the screenwriting prowess of the husband and wife team Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt responsible for the movie Olympus Has Fallen to assist him in penning the plot lines for “The Expendables 3.”

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Jason Statham & Wesley Snipes in ‘The Expendables 3’

A definite improvement to the last film, “The Expendables 3” makes up for the lack of blood splatter with a smooth plot, strong, quick, character development, awesome cinematic action sequences and stunts, including visuals that capture the attention from the first scene all the way until the closing credits. Although not as realistic as the Rothenberger & Benedikt team’s previous film, The Expendable films are not expected to be. “It’s a super hero film,” added Stallone. “The Expendables are supposed to be able to do things that normal people cannot do.”

It could be anticipated that with costars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger (“The Terminator” franchise), Harrison Ford (“Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises), Terry Crews (“Blended,” “Draft Day”), Jason Statham (“The Italian Job” and “Transporter” franchise) along with newcomers Kelsey Grammer (“X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”) Antonio Banderas (“Desperado” and “The Mask of Zorro”), and Westley Snipes (“Blade” franchise), “The Expendables 3” should be able to command a large showing at the box office.

Crews and Snipes, who both have major parts in “The Expendables 3,” didn’t have any problems working with each other. Crews, who admired Snipes for his past cinematic accomplishments, said that he “saved the spot for Snipes to return.”

Snipes, admittedly enjoyed his role in The Expendables 3, said that, “this was my chance to act crazy, in addition to having a chance to work with actors that I have always admired.”

Another addition to “The Expendables 3” cast, are a set of new recruits. Although these recruits are new to acting, they are vets in their fields. Ronda Rousey, a UFC and MMA champion, is a natural on the screen bringing her obvious beauty blended with her physical prowess together quite successfully. Also joining her is boxing champions Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell who along with Banderas round out the new team. Banderas adds a comical flair with his character playing a fast talking veteran soldier who has issues regarding his former team.

Together, the two generations of soldiers combine for one last battle verses one of their own played by non-other than classic action veteran Mel Gibson. Gibson, known for the Lethal Weapon franchise, said “We get better as we get older. We might not be able to remember as much dialogue, but we’re better at it.”

“The Expendables 3” is a worthy film for the whole family. It has both grit and morals, a story line that is smooth and consistent, great characters that are both lovable and believable, high end martial arts and isn’t too dialog heavy, but allows for just enough dialogue to push the movie along. The scenery and cinematography is top notch and feature clear visuals that lack the gratuitous bloodshed that comes with highly realistic action and war films.

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