Expendables 3 tried being something it wasn’t created to be, a PG-13 film. The franchise which brings together an ever growing cast of veteran action stars is meant to pay homage to the 80’s and early 90’s era of action films. During that time, it would be difficult to find an action film (starring an Expendable) that didn’t have blood, profanity, and more testosterone than you’d find at your local gym. Expendables 3 was intended to release for a wider audience, and the end result was a near complete failure.
A majority of the fans (including myself) did not like this new direction of less violence and younger casting additions. The calling for another installment in the Expendables franchise is currently a far cry, yet Sylvester Stallone is confident in understanding what went wrong and is ready to deliver a much more honest Expendables film to his fans.
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.” (Crave Online)
Going back to the film’s natural R rating is a big deal and a start in the right direction for a franchise that I believe still has one or two films left. The main demographic for Expendables films are not the younger audience members, so don’t go PG-13 and instead stick to your loyal fans.
I did state the rating change is just a start, which means more changes must be made in order to sell us on an Expendables 4, including shortening that cast!
What else does Expendables 4 have to do for it to be successful? Like it or not, hopeless or hopeful, we are getting another film.
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