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    I MERCENARI 3 - THE EXPENDABLES

    RECENSIONE ITALIANA e PREVIEW in ENGLISH by JUSTIN CHANG (www.variety.com) - Dal 4 SETTEMBRE

    (The Expendables 3; USA 2014; Thriller d'azione; 127'; Produz.: Nu Image/Millennium Films/Nu Image Films; Distribuz.: Universal Pictures International Italy)

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    Titolo in italiano: I mercenari 3 - The Expendables

    Titolo in lingua originale: The Expendables 3

    Anno di produzione: 2014

    Anno di uscita: 2014

    Regia: Patrick Hughes

    Sceneggiatura: Katrin Benedikt, Creighton Rothenberger e Sylvester Stallone

    Soggetto: Personaggi di Dave Callaham.

    Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross)
    Jason Statham (Lee Christmas)
    Jet Li (Yin Yang)
    Antonio Banderas (Galgo)
    Wesley Snipes (Doc)
    Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen)
    Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks)
    Harrison Ford (Max Drummer)
    Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench)
    Randy Couture (Toll Road)
    Terry Crews (Hale Caesar)
    Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte)
    Kellan Lutz (Smilee)
    Victor Ortiz (Mars)
    Ronda Rousey (Luna)
    Cast completo

    Musica: Brian Tyler

    Costumi: Lizz Wolf

    Scenografia: Daniel T. Dorrance

    Fotografia: Peter Menzies Jr.

    Montaggio: Sean Albertson e Paul Harb

    Casting: Avi Lerner

    Scheda film aggiornata al: 01 Ottobre 2014

    Sinossi:

    IN BREVE:

    Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) e il resto della squadra si trovano faccia a faccia con Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), che anni fa aveva co-fondato i Mercenari con Barney. Stonebanks in seguito è diventato uno spietato commerciante d'armi e qualcuno che Barney è stato costretto a uccidere... o almeno così pensava. Stonebanks, che ha eluso la morte una volta, ora ha intenzione di mettere fine ai Mercenari - ma Barney ha altri piani. Barney decide che deve combattere il vecchio sangue con del nuovo sangue, e porta una nuova era di Mercenari tra i membri della squadra, reclutando individui che sono più giovani, più veloci e più tecnologici. L'ultima missione diventa uno scontro tra lo stile classico della vecchia scuola contro la perizia tecnologica in quella che diventa la battaglia più personale dei Mercenari.

    SYNOPSIS:

    The third installment of the action-adventure franchise that follows the exploits of Barney Ross, Lee Christmas, and their associates.

    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.

    Commento critico (a cura di LUCA BOCCACINI)

    In un 2014 che ha visto scorrere di tutto un po', dalle pellicole futuristiche, iper tecnologiche e fantascentifiche, a quelle drammatiche o ancora, talvolta, trasgressive, Mercenari parte terza ci riporta di prepotenza in quel ruvido mondo del film di pura azione e guerra “vera”, un genere che pare proprio non tramontare e che si fa eco di un grido ormai discretamente datato ma che ancora non ha smesso di apportare le sue cospicue dosi di adrenalina e azione - della serie “arrivano i nostri”.

    Sulla locomotiva di questo action-movie naturalmente ritroviamo i mostri sacri della cinematografia americana da combattimento, e non solo: un instancabile Sylvester Stallone guida quella che ormai potremo definire come una sfida tra “cattivi” e “resto del mondo”, senza respiro, senza pietà e con poche possibilità di errore. Un videogioco in cui sparare ad ogni cosa che si muove, senza esclusione di colpi, acrobazie ai limiti della fisica

    di fronte a battaglie numericamente e sproporzionatamente impari.

    La, o le missioni, come sempre si presentano toste e serie; la storia mette nel piatto i sentimenti più classici che possano esserci, derivanti dalla perdita di un caro amico, dalla voglia di vendetta, il nemico numero uno che una volta era il socio perfetto e l'eterno dilemma: meglio la vecchia guardia oppure i giovani emergenti...?

    Anche stavolta Berney Ross (Stallone) è il nostro capo-banda che si trova ad affrontare tutto questo: pronto ad abbandonare lo storico gruppo ed affidarsi al nuovo che avanza, dovrà fare presto i conti con un passato che, da complice che fu, ora non perdona, non fa sconti e si prepara a muovere eserciti interi pur di averla vinta sui “nostri”.

    In questo film, vecchio e nuovo stile hanno modo di confrontarsi e offrire ognuno le proprie specialità basate sulla forza e sulla grinta per i primi

    e sulla tecnologia e sofisticazione per i secondi; a fare da sottofondo rimane ben accesa quella buona ironia che mai ha abbandonato la saga.

    Naturalmente i buoni hanno sempre la meglio: come hanno ben insegnato gli anni Ottanta; il lieto fine saprà trovare lo spunto vincente per portare alti i valori della giustizia morale, quella giustizia che magari qualcuno vorrebbe anche nella realtà a scuotere quel bel po' di marcio che logora e rovina il mondo. Non c'è nulla di nuovo nelle battaglie del film, escludendo l'utilizzo di alcuni apparecchi all'avanguardia, perchè forza bruta e spari a raffica, che ai più potranno ricordare quel che i vari Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford e Stallone stesso qualche decennio fa portarono alle stelle nei cinema di tutto il mondo.

    Pochi e semplici spunti per uno show che ad ogni fermata fa scendere e salire vecchie glorie di altissimo calibro, senza le quali lo spettatore potrebbe anche

    chiudere gli occhi; ma la rimpatriata alla fine vale - e come! - la pena, perchè tutto sommato, nell'oceano di nonsense che vanno in onda puntualmente ogni settimana, il vecchio “sciroppo” della nonna non si smentisce mai, dolce o amaro che sia: non ci si tira indietro d'innanzi ai punti fermi del film d'azione.

    Secondo commento critico (a cura di JUSTIN CHANG, www.variety.com)

    THE LATEST, LONGEST AND LEAST NECESSARY ENTRY IN THIS INCREASINGLY EXPENDABLE ACTION FRANCHISE.

    In the moviegoer’s hierarchy of needs, a PG-13 “Expendables” is about as essential as a Joel Schumacher remake of “Tokyo Story.” Or, to put it in terms more appropriate to its target audience: You need “The Expendables 3” like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. From train-crashing start to back-slapping finish, Lionsgate’s latest and longest showcase for Sylvester Stallone and other aging slabs of B-movie beef — the marquee names this time around include Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford — smacks of desperation and teen-audience pandering, from the literally bloodless action to the introduction of a younger, hotter backup team of fighters (call them the Hip Replacements). It’s an obvious, half-hearted ploy to

    keep the beleaguered series going, when it would be far wiser to heed one character’s advice: “You know, I’m getting out of this business and so should you.”

    The Stallone-directed first “Expendables” (2010) grossed an impressive $103 million in the U.S. en route to a total worldwide haul of $274 million; its 2012 follow-up, helmed by Simon West, took a hit domestically ($85 million) but more than made up the difference internationally, for a global cume of $305 million. But even without factoring in franchise fatigue and the law of diminishing returns, it’s hard to see the new movie, from Australian helmer-for-hire Patrick Hughes, extending the series’ winning streak — due in part to an online leak that has already resulted in more than 2 million illegal downloads, a number that will only continue to rise between now and Lionsgate’s Aug. 15 Stateside rollout. Not to condone piracy or anything, but

    emerging from “The Expendables 3” (which, at 127 minutes, runs considerably longer than its predecessors), you can’t help but envy those streamers for experiencing the picture under optimal circumstances, with volume controls and fast-forward buttons at the ready.

    Credited to three writers, which is at least two-and-a-half too many, the script kicks off with a foolhardy mission involving a helicopter, a speeding locomotive and the first of many outsourced-vfx explosions. Once more we’re tagging along with gang leader Barney Ross (Stallone), second-in-command Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), and their ragtag team of battle-scarred fighters, who are regularly hired to do the government’s dirty work in faraway places. The Expendables’ ranks have taken a major beating of late, and so Barney decides to stage a prison break and bring back one of the gang’s founding members, Doctor Death (Wesley Snipes), who’s so competitive and lethal with a blade that he refers to himself

    early on as “the knife before Christmas.” Zing!

    Doctor Death isn’t the only original Expendable dragged in from some previously unknown and thoroughly uncompelling backstory. Surfacing in time for a chaotic setpiece in Somalia is Barney’s old frenemy Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), a hard-to-kill supervillain who manages to slip through their clutches, gravely wounding weapons specialist Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) in the process. Realizing that his trusty teammates — who include Swedish sniper Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren) and demolitions expert Toll Road (Randy Couture) — are getting too old to keep risking their lives like this, Barney ditches them and, at the behest of CIA officer Max Drummer (Ford), recruits a brand-new crew of younger, fresher Expendables. They’re played, pretty unmemorably, by Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, boxing champion Victor Ortiz and, in the token-female role, mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey — all of whom face the unenviable task of establishing a secondary

    rooting interest in a movie where even the leads have trouble holding attention.

    Naturally, Christmas and company are none too thrilled to find their makeshift family so unceremoniously disbanded for this bunch of newbies. And so “The Expendables 3” tries to mix in a few tears with all the testosterone, honoring the depth and resilience of male friendships forged in combat (at one point, you may wonder if you’ve wandered into “Fist Bump: The Movie”), while acknowledging the looming specter of the men’s mortality. It’s a theme that would seem to blend well with the series’ main objective, which is to pay loving, somewhat valedictory tribute to as many fading ’80s and ’90s action heroes in the same movie as possible. As an actor proudly notes in the press materials: “We have Rocky, the Terminator, Indiana Jones, the Transporter, Mad Max, Desperado and Blade.” He seems to have left out the

    follow-up caveat: “And we gave them virtually nothing of interest to do or say for two hours!”

    The previous two movies, although barely defensible, were at least enlivened by a sly awareness of their own awfulness, and got by on the strength of their no-nonsense, R-rated brutality. But that grisly sense of purpose is nowhere to be found in “The Expendables 3,” which, for clearly commercial reasons, has opted for a more audience-friendly PG-13 rating — a gutless decision that drains the action of its excitement, its visceral impact and its glorious disreputability. By the time the movie finally arrives at an incoherent endgame set in some fictional Middle Eastern hellhole, where editors Sean Albertson and Paul Harb try their damnedest to make sense of a whirlwind of action involving rolling tanks, speeding motorcycles and dive-bombing helicopters, it’s at once impossible to follow what’s going on and impossible to care in

    any event.

    Stallone asserts his position as the master of this flailing circus by giving himself the film’s one genuinely funny line, while Kelsey Grammer adds a touch of class to the proceedings as a mercenary who helps Barney with his new recruits. He doesn’t see much action (Dr. Frasier Crane isn’t one of our most enduring meathead icons), but following his roles in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the Starz series “Boss,” it’s fun to see Grammer extending his reach into tough-guy territory. But perhaps to no one’s surprise, it’s Gibson who comes the closest to creating a pocket of viewer interest whenever he’s onscreen. As he did in last year’s “Machete Kills,” the Australian star seems to relish the opportunity to slyly riff on his troubled real-life persona with a derivative but effective portrait of villainy, and to remind us of what how much charisma he still exudes in

    front of the camera.

    Watching Gibson snarl sure beats watching Ford grimace — or, for that matter, watching Arnold Schwarzenegger pop into the frame every few scenes or so like a 250-pound jack-in-the-box. This is the sort of numbskull non-entertainment that considers it worthwhile to fly in a martial-arts superstar like Jet Li and have him sit around firing a machine gun, pausing every so often to deliver the most awkward line readings of his career. Still, maybe better to be marginalized than overexposed: One of the cast’s highest-profile additions is Antonio Banderas as Galgo, an ingratiating, over-eager assassin whose habit of sharing personal anecdotes nonstop is meant to provide long-winded comic relief (although listen closely for a tragic, potentially loaded reference to Benghazi). Banderas is trying way too hard, but that’s borderline refreshing in a movie where too many people seem to be doing the opposite.

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    I Mercenari 3-The Expendables - intervista video ad Arnold Schwarzenegger 'Trench' (versione originale sottotitolata)

    I Mercenari 3-The Expendables - intervista video ad Antonio Banderas 'Galgo' (versione originale sottotitolata)

    I Mercenari 3-The Expendables - intervista video a Ronda Rousey 'Luna' (versione originale sottotitolata)

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