August 15, 2014, - 7:01 pm

Weekend Box Office: The Expendables 3, The Giver

By Debbie Schlussel

One absolutely bloated dud plus one decent movie among the new releases at theaters this weekend. “Let’s Be Cops” was not screened for critics, probably because it’s a bomb.


* “The Expendables 3“: More like, “Dead Men Walking.” Don’t Expendable your money on this. I warned you when Sylvester Stallone made the first “The Expendables” (read my review), and I warned you again when he made “The Expendables 2” (read my review). Now, consider this my warning on steroids: Don’t. Go. See. This. Horrible. “Movie.” By the way, it also stars Jew-hating racist Mel Gibson, another great reason not to buy a ticket. At least Gibson is playing an evil villain, so he’s not really acting–just playing himself.

This bloated movie stars several action heroes from ’80s and ’90s films, all of whom look every one of their 100 years, even though some of them are only in their 70s and 60s. Harrison Ford looks like someone just plucked him from the nursing home. Ditto for Arnold Schwarzenegger with a bad hair-dye job. But in this movie, Stallone also recruits a new gang of younger action wannabe stars to set the table for the movie you were dying to see next . . . “The Expendables 4.” The movie is packed with action and entirely boring. I could not wait for it to end and to leave the theater. And I say that as a fan of ’80s action hero movies. This is an insult to those.

The story (if you can call it that): Stallone and buddies break a friend of theirs, Wesley Snipes, out of jail (which is supposed to be funny because, you know, Snipes served time in prison recently). Then, the whole gang tries to capture or kill an evil arms-dealing criminal (Mel Gibson) who is wanted by the CIA (Harrison Ford is the CIA official who contracts with Stallone for the capture or kill), or at least to capture him to get him to the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Huh? Since when did America recognize this lawless, America-hating Third World court? Since Stallone stupidly wrote it into the script, apparently.

But Stallone’s gang of older action heroes is too old, and they can’t get Gibson. Instead, he manages to send at least one of them to the hospital and make them look like old fools. So, Stallone enlists Kelsey Grammer to help him recruit a whole new action hero gang of youngsters, including MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. But the youngsters can’t cut it either, so eventually, both the old and young crew go to get Gibson and they are trapped, where they are rescued by geezers Schwarzenegger and Ford. Yeah, like that would happen.

I was waiting for Schwarzenegger’s illegit son with the maid to come and rescue this sorry crowd and begin his action movie career. But, instead, tabloid news shows reported that Schwarzenegger left his son and the maid to stand out with the masses in the crowd of fans at the Hollywood premiere of this absolutely awful piece of schlock.

Lots of incredibly ridiculous, entirely non-credible stunts, lots of action, and lots of things being blown up. But the only thing that should have been blown up here is this crappy movie.

Skip it.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “The Giver“: Although this stiff, stilted, highly-stylized movie borrows a lot from many other movies I’ve seen about totalitarianism and hyper-control by government, I still liked it, if only for the mockery it makes of political correctness and for the touching, pro-Christianity/religion ending, a rarity in Hollywood. I did not like the stark and prominent inclusion of scenes of Muslims praying and Islamic “joy” in telling us what is real joy. Really? Then, why are Muslims always angry, blowing up things, and killing people.

Set in the future, the movie takes place in a new world, in which everything is controlled by a government of “elders,” headed by Meryl Streep in a stringy grey wig. In this world, there is no color, no memory of the past or history, no music, no religion, no emotion, and everyone is equal. The elders made it this way because they felt that emotions and jealousy cause wars and pain. And, so, nobody has anything anyone else doesn’t have, and everyone takes daily medications to stifle all feeling and emotion. Even the mention of “love” or anything that isn’t sanctioned results in a scolding about the use of “precise language.” And there is no real family. Certain women are appointed to give birth, and babies are assigned to family “units.” Babies that aren’t up to snuff are murdered–put out of their and everyone else’s misery. The same thing happens to old people. Oh, and the elders decide what children will do for a living, once they reach a certain age.

Jonas is a teen who has been appointed to a special job: he will become the “Receiver.” That means that he will go to visit Jeff Bridges, “the Keeper of Memories,” the only man in the community who knows world history or anything of the past world, including wars, love, and pain. He communicates those visions to Jonas, who will become the next “Keeper of Memories” and will advise the community’s elders. But Jonas, in discovering these feelings and events in history sees that there is something more to life than what is decided by the elders in this black and white community. He begins to see color, feel joy, pain, love, and other emotions. And he wants more for himself. First, he tries to change the community and protest. Then, he tries to escape.

Taylor Swift is much ballyhooed as a “co-star” in this movie but she really (and thankfully) only sings a couple of lines in one quick scene.


Watch the trailer . . .

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22 Responses

Of course I totally agree about the Muslim scenes, they could have just as easily show the Vatican at Easter or Christmas, but it’s Hollywood.

I also feel you misjudge Taylor Swift, you know better than to believe what you read.

Frank B on August 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

the muslim scenes are the point of the propagnda. the rest is in-you-face alternate reality and mimics the directions the leftards are taking. i won’t be paying to watch this movie until i can faat forward it on netflix.

marlene on August 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

sorry – the mistyped word is “fast” forward and i refer to the “Giver.”

marlene on August 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

Long story short: this weekend – Netflix, Torrent, YouTube and Skyrim.

And I’ll toss in BioShock for good measure – stories are great when you’re the star.

The Reverend Jacques on August 16, 2014 at 12:53 pm

I can’t think of any thing more totalitarian and joyless than Islam.

After all, Khomeini famously said Islam is not about having “fun.” Islam knows no sense of humility or service to G-d.

It knows only death and destruction. It can only take and not give. And Hollywood liberals don’t understand the mysteries of true religion or they wouldn’t trying to be flattering Islam ad nauseum.

NormanF on August 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Could “The Expendibles 3” be worse than “Lucy”? I have “Lucy” on my all-time worse movie list.

Ron on August 16, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Haven’t heard a peep out of Mel since the 2006 Lebanon War when he said “the Jews start all the wars.” I fully expected to hear his rant about Gaza. Maybe he learned his lesson or realized he’s lucky nowadays to get into B rated movies like Expendables 3?

DrBob1961 on August 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Mel is a drunk…a rich drunk!

It's just me again on August 17, 2014 at 1:05 am

“The Giver” appears to have many parallels to “Logan’s Run”, at least as far as the controlled ‘topia goes. It has Bridges’ character instead of a computer and the ‘joy’ of submitting (or forced submission) to oppression (islam).

P: Yes, very similar to “Logan’s Run.” As I said, it borrows heavily from other movies. DS

Pi on August 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

    It also borrows from (a personal favorite of mine) Equilibrium. Another dystopia, where everyone is drugged to remove emotions. When the hero accidentally misses a dose he begins to feel. Lots of stuff happens, and he dismantles the system.

    Izzy on August 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

It seems that the summer will end with a crash unless Labor Day has better offerings.

Worry01 on August 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

“tabloid news shows reported that Schwarzenegger left his son and the maid to stand out with the masses ”

That’s pretty funny!

DS_ROCKS! on August 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Yes, The Hague as judge and jury is laughable. American justice is so yesterday with these Hollywood clowns.

Larry Durham on August 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm


Debby, not telling you what to do.

Given current events and the WH complicity in furthering the creation of a caliphate, say what you want or not. But I will say that the new holocaust will happen and at great cost. But it will not prevail.

The mohamadden horde and their accomplices, including the the WH, will not prevail. G-d says so.

I will enjoy the idiot laughter of the mohamaddens.

JayPee on August 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Having just come to Debbie’s website after reading about the chaos and riots in Ferguson MO, it makes you want an organized over controlled distopia. I think a lot of people watching a movie like the Giver will come out thinking that the people there live in a safer world than the one they currently live in.

Steve G. on August 18, 2014 at 6:19 am

They should have called it The DEPENDSables.

john on August 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Steve G – DEPENDSables – LMFAO!!!

    MRobs on August 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Thanks, Deb, for throwing yourself on this grenade. barf, barf.

I doubt I will see “the Giver,” either.

Hollyweird grows worse and worse.

Occam's Tool on August 18, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I read The Giver and I’ve seen the previews. It just doesn’t look good.

Rocky Lore on August 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Mel got drunk, made stupid remarks. We forgive in this country. The man was well respected for many years.could it be because ges a christen?
Theres a lot of stars that have done much worse with no problems after the apology.
Woody Alley.child molester.polaski, same molester

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