‘Old blood meets new blood’
Expend4bles is a 2023 American action film in which the loose team squares up against an arms dealer who commands the might of a massive private army. Also known as The Expendables 4
Directed by former stunt man Scott Waugh (Hidden Strike; 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain; Need for Speed; Act of Valor) from a screenplay written by Kurt Wimmer, Tad Daggerhart and Max Adams; based on a story by Kurt Wimmer and Tad Daggerhart; from characters created by Dave Callaham.
The movie stars Jason Statham, Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent, Megan Fox, Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Randy Couture, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran and Andy Garcia. Sylvester Stallone has a cameo role.
“A new generation of stars join the world’s top action stars for an adrenaline-fuelled adventure in the sequel Expend4bles.
Reuniting as the team of elite mercenaries, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone are joined for the first time by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia.
Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world’s last line of defence and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. New team members with new styles and tactics are going to give “new blood” a whole new meaning.”
“The Expendables 4 ends where the action series began: with maximum lack of creativity in combination with budget-friendly effects. The whole thing is crowned with an outrageous deceptive package. Anyone who has even the slightest demand for quality should give this action fiasco a wide berth. There’s nothing to see here. Nothing to feel.” 2 out of 8, Cinema Forever
“Although The Expendables 4 tries to give it a makeover, only a few of the new additions are convincing. When it comes to action, the result is also a mixed bag. Not only is it surprisingly rare, but there are also some poorly staged scenes. The rest of the film consists of attempted humor that is as hit and miss as the sniper played by Lundgren.” 4 out of 10, Film Rezensionen [translated from German]
“By the time the action shifts to a hijacked cargo ship heading for Russia, it all begins to feel like a cheap made for streaming action movie due to the cheap effects, lackluster action scenes, and lack of screen time for the bigger names in the cast […] Everyone said The Expendables 3 would kill the franchise, unfortunately, they were wrong and this is the result.” ★½ Voices from the Balcony
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