The Expendables 3 (PG-13)
Action/Adventure 127 August 15, 2014
Where has never-before-mentioned Expendable Doc (Wesley Snipes) been? Eight years in a Third World prison for "tax evasion," he jokes. Then Snipes enjoys 10 minutes of screen time before the film forgets he's even there. As for ex-Expendable Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), after his former friends shot him three times in the chest -- justifiably -- he dove underground and became the world's biggest arms dealer. Finally confronting his old band of brutes during a Somalian raid, Stonebanks grabs a rifle and shoots Caesar (Terry Crews) in the ass. "Now you're The Deleteables," he sneers. Director Patrick Hughes doesn't ask his cast to push themselves. Like a permissive painting teacher, he's simply providing the canvas and trusting them to do the rest on their own. The lazy, like Ford, flop. Gibson, though, is actually acting, and seems to get what this franchise is for: giddy redemption.