The Expendables movies have never really thought beyond their casts. The thinking has apparently been: “We’ve got classic action heroes, some new blood, and we shoot stuff. The end.” It’s been an action franchise without any memorable action, and a big cast of likable actors devoid of almost any charisma. Although there’s something admirable in how the franchise has sought to be lo-tech in comparisons to today’s CG-loaded blockbusters, it rarely tries to even match the likable characters of those blockbusters. The Expendables 3 is the same old bag of tricks, and while there’s a hint of passing the torch to a younger generation, Sylvester Stallone and his co-writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt have no intention of really moving forward. The cast just got bigger, the action remains bloated and unimpressive, and only magnetic performances from Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas manage to break through this tired series.