Holy Christmas, the Expendables are back! It’s the fourth Expendables film to date, in case you didn’t notice the “4” boldly sticking out in the new film’s official title. Expend4bles brings back fan-favorites Sly Stallone and Jason Statham, but interestingly doesn’t include many of the other big names from past films. Expendables 3 was a disappointment, not just for the dulled-down PG-13 violence but also because many of the A-listers on-hand were merely there to give seemingly useless, cheesy cameos. Don’t get me started on those Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li moments. One of the few highlights of this fourth addition to the franchise is that every elite mercenary contributes in some way to the team’s overall mission, versus just standing around.
Stallone, 50 Cent, and Megan Fox also highlight a return to form for the latest installment, though “franchise fatigue” is a bit of a factor here.