The Expendables 3 – Review

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Four years ago, Sylvester Stallone assembled the three greatest movie stars of all time in one ground-breaking action film that took the world by storm and made men everywhere shriek with overwhelming excitement (me included) with the famous church scene that saw Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone appear on the big screen together for the first time in movie history.

Fast-forward four years and the list of action heroes continues to grow as the franchise shows no sign of slowing down.

This time Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham), Caesar (Crews), Gunnar (Lundgren), Toll Road (Couture), and Trench (Schwarzenegger) return to face off against Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), an ex-founder of theExpendables who’s become one of the most wanted war criminals in the world.

For years Barney lived under the knowledge that Stonebanks, a traitor to the Expendables brotherhood, was dead, but when a chance encounter between the two sends them on a collision course, Barney sets out to correct his mistake and kill Stonebanks once and for all. But when chaos and bloodshed quickly ensues, and a member of The Expendables pays the price, Barney realises that it’ll take a younger, quicker, and more modern-age generation of mercenaries to prevail.

So with new generation recruits; Smilee (Kellan Lutz), Luna (Ronda Rousey), Thorn (Glen Powell), and Mars (Victor Ortiz), as well as a few old-school recruits in the form of Doc (Wesley Snipes), Galgo (Antonio Banderas), and Drummer (Harrison Ford), Barney launches his suicidal assault on Stonebanks and his criminal empire.

The Expendables 3 is chocked full of action, larger-than-life explosions, and more movie stars then the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of course it’s important to remember that these films are designed to entertain, so don’t go in expecting an Oscars worthy storyline, instead just sit back, relax, and enjoy the incredible action sequences that prove why these actors are the best in the business.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Sally Field.

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For the past couple of years we’ve seen a steady increase in superhero franchise re-boots and none-more-so poignant than our favourite web-slinger Spider-Man. Having taken over the helm from Tobey Maguire two years ago, Andrew Garfield once again dons the tight red and blue spandex for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.

Still reeling in guilt over the death of Gwen Stacy’s (Emma Stone) father and wrestling with the promise he made to leave her out of his dangerous life, Peter Parker is torn between his word and his heart.

Of course being Spider-Man leaves little time to dwell as he’s soon faced with his most dangerous and formidable foes yet, Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHann).

After suffering a freak accident at work, and discovering that his company Oscorp covered it up, Max Dillion (Jamie Foxx) finds himself transformed into Electro, a man who’s entire essence has been turned into electricity that hungers for more power. With revenge seared into his mind, and a new deep-seeded hatred for Spider-Man, it soon becomes apparent that the city of New York has become is hunting ground.

With his relationship with Gwen (Emma Stone) on the ropes, a re-discovered childhood friendship with Harry Osbourne (Dane DeHann) cut-short, and the real truth behind his parents death surfacing, Peter Parker must find a way to truly embrace his inner Spider-Man if he and his loved ones are to survive.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 really gives us an in-depth and powerful look at the true man behind the mask, and with a strong supporting cast including Sally Field, Felicity Jones, and Paul Giamatti, as well as mind-blowing special effects and an Oscars worthy sound score, this superhero outing is one that must be experienced on the big-screen!