The Expendables 3 continues the story of Barney (Sylvester Stallone) and his group of die hard mercenaries. Things take a turn for the worse when Barney discovers that a former Expendables member, Conrad Stonback (Mel Gibson), is alive and has become a war criminal. To take Conrad down, Barney forms a new group in the hopes that Barney can defeat his former friend without risking the lives of his teammates.
The idea of the story was not bad. The concept of having a former Expendables member as the main
antagonist certainly had weight to it. However, where this may have been a good idea, it fails in the film's execution. The story took no opportunity to establish anything. The point of Conrad being the co-founder of the Expendables was not even brought until midway through the film. One would think that point would be an important factor and help shape the overall film. Instead it just gets lost with the other plot points such as the next generation of Expendables. Not only was the story uncertain of itself, but its pacing was slow. There were several moments that were padded in there so the movie could make its runtime. The progression of the plot did not seem too predictable; but then again, there was nothing memorable about the story.
At this point, you could only hope that the action made up for everything else. I wish that were true, but the. action packed moments were pretty bland. There didn't seem to be any action scenes that stood out from the film's predecessors. The camera work didn't help either as the cinematography made some moments unwatchable. If the camera work wasn't bad enough, the effects for this film were horrendous. Granted, The Expendables have never had the most glamorous effects; but the cgi used for this movie was so terrible, you think you were watching a straight-to-dvd action flick