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The Expendables 3, Nightcrawler

The Expendables 3

In many ways, The Expendables 3 is the best and worst entry in this tired franchise. Sylvester Stallone stuffs even more of his buddies in this film than the previous two. It’s mind-boggling to think about how many washed-up actors signed on. There are way too many people, and nobody has any time for character development. That, of course, is something Stallone isn’t interested in. All he wants to do is flash as many old-school action stars on the screen in as short a time as possible, and blow up tons of shit in the process.

This film is the best of the franchise because it tries to have an actual plot. It also tries to give Stallone’s character a backstory. That is far more plot work than the other two films combined. Unfortunately, the backstory is paper thin, and the plot is tired. The only other thing that works for this movie is Mel Gibson as the villain. He’s by far the best actor in this piece of crap, and you can see his trademark charisma on screen. It’s too bad he had to have such a racist meltdown, because he really is a good actor.

This film is the worst of the franchise because of the aforementioned glut of characters and lack of development. Also, the movie is subtly racist. In the beginning of the film, they rescue Wesley Snipes. But then Terry Crews gets shot by Gibson and sits out the rest of the film in the hospital. Apparently, the Expendables team is only allowed to have one black character at a time. What a bunch of horseshit. Finally, there is some atrocious CGI, and Stallone outruns a collapsing building. It’s worse than you can imagine.

Verdict: Shitty

Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal is racking up a rather diverse filmography. After his weirdo performance in Prisoners, he turned in a giant creeper role in Nightcrawler. This movie has a brilliant concept, one of those things that you wish you thought of so you could have written the film and become a millionaire. The premise is that TV news stations regularly feature footage recorded by freelancers who go to crime scenes or accident sites. They buy the best footage for use on the air.

Gyllenhaal plays a nightcrawler, trolling the seedy L.A. world for crimes or accidents (mostly blood and guts) that he can sell to the highest bidder. At first, he’s low-level, but he has a knack for the work, and quickly does rather well for himself. He manages to get some crazy exclusives, coming upon a murder in progress before the police even know about it. This story thread continues to the end, with Gyllenhaal beginning to manipulate real world events so he can continue to have news stories to sell.

Gyllenhaal plays a fantastic sociopath in this film. He doesn’t care about others, only himself. He manipulates the TV station, he trounces his competition, and he is completely devoid of emotion. His acting was rather amazing, and you completely believe he is this detestable character.

Nightcrawler showcases a world you never knew existed. From now on, whenever you see a news report, you’ll wonder if it was gathered from a real reporter or a freelancer. Gyllenhaal turns in a memorable performance, and the direction is pitch-perfect.

Verdict: Good

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6 Responses to “The Expendables 3, Nightcrawler”


  1. 1 Themaster20000
    September 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Quite a shame that Mel can’t work any more.He’s a prick,but the it’s so many people in Hollywood who had done worse and still get work (Woody Allen and Roman Polanski). Mel’s recent film Blood Father is apparently a really good B-action movie.

  2. 3 Paragraph Film Reviews
    September 23, 2016 at 12:57 am

    For EXP3 – I think it’s the worst int he franchise by a mile. Started off as a hard-18 rated movie about shooting millions of faceless puttymen goons and blowing up shit. Then went 15. Then 12-A… IT’S DONE A “DIE HARD”. Tried re-watching it again recently but couldn’t get passed the no blood, bad CGI, cameo-fest opening 25 mins. They definitely need more, better baddies from the 80s in there.

    Did love Nightcrawler though. I think this will go down as one of Gyllenhaal’s best performances, and that’s saying something. I’ll literally watch anything he’s in as he only seems to be picking (or helping create) stone-cold bangers att he moment. ‘cept for Prince of Persia: that can go fist itself.

  3. September 23, 2016 at 2:30 am

    If you want to see a little-seen Mel Gibson film worthy of a look, check out Get The Gringo. Utterly B-grade but entertaining nonetheless.

    I didn’t mind Ex3, I figured it was C-grade garbage but went along for the ride. The whole last act of destruction is a blast on BluRay. Nightcrawler was utterly brilliant. Probably the best film Gyllenhaal’s ever been in (IMO) and I’m surprised it wasn’t up for Best Picture.


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