An action sequel that committed an unforgivable sin flexes on streaming

The whole point of turning a blockbuster movie into a franchise is to capitalize on what worked the first time around, giving audiences more of what they originally paid to see, except painted on a bigger and bigger canvas. .

Obviously, no one decided to read this memo when The Expendables 3 was in development, as the disappointing treble sidelined the two main selling points of the entire series in a desperate attempt to appeal to younger audiences and thus make more money at the box office.

The Expendables was created solely for the purpose of seeing a stacked list of action icons gear up, frown, spit terrible one-liners, and mow down small armies of disposable henchmen without a care in the world. Sure, critical acclaim was never on the cards, but the first two installments were a lot of fun.

Naturally, the threequel decided a PG-13 rating was the way to go, stripping the foul language and bloodshed from a property that only existed to spark nostalgia for the genre’s heyday in movies. 1980s. Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes may have increased the number of veterans, but who cared what Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell and Victor Oritz brought to the table?

The end result was the least profitable and lowest rated Consumables adventure yet, though he’s been a reliable performer on streaming. According to FlixPatrol, Barney Ross and the gang are back on the platform’s most-watched list, but we can only hope the creative team has learned their lesson when it comes to the impending fourth entry.

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