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Why The Expendables’ Attempt To Copy Fast & Furious Failed So Badly

The Expendables 3 tried to muscle in on the runaway box-office train of the Fast & Furious, but here’s why that plan derailed. The Expendables was created by Sylvester Stallone as a way to unite action icons of all varieties. Throughout the first three Expendables movies, he worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Wesley Snipes, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude Va Damme and many, many more. The saga was targeted squarely at those nostalgic for the era when Sly, Arnie and company fronted R-rated action blockbusters – a genre that gradually dwindled during the 2000s.

Of course, a PG-13 rating allows for a broader audience, and while the first two Expendables were solid hits, producers still saw room for growth. That’s why it was decided to make The Expendables 3 PG-13, and in addition to returning cast, it introduced young, tech-savvy mercenaries like Ronda Rousey’s Luna or Glen Powell’s Thorn. Even the trailer for The Expendables 3 – which nearly cast Jack Nicholson as the villain – largely sold itself on its vehicular carnage, with lots of shots of bikes, jeeps and helicopters pulling off impressive stunts; it even used the Fast & Furious font. This attempt to steer the series in a glossier direction was doomed to fail since the appeal of the series was the fact they were throwbacks to a bygone era. Shoehorning in some “cool” youngsters and softening their rough edge to appeal to Fast & Furious target demo was never going to work.

Expendables 3 Nearly Killed The Series

This was reflected in The Expendables 3 reviews and box office, where it grossed significantly less than The Expendables 2, despite its rating. Stallone himself later confessed the PG-13 decision was a bad call and vowed The Expendables 4 would return to its roots. Given how major the Fast & Furious movie series had become by 2014 – with the sixth film having been released a year prior to Expendables 3 – it made sense financially to appeal to that audience.

The problem was, the sequel was neither fish nor fowl. It featured the same main characters and tone of the first two entries but then tries to change course and become a slicker, hipper blockbuster. These tones didn’t gel with each other, and The Expendables 3 is stuck between them throughout. Fans were also turned off by the sequel, and its lukewarm reception saw the property shelved for nearly a decade. A female-centred spin-off dubbed The Expendabelles also never came to pass.

The Expendables 4 Can Reboot The Franchise

While a fourth film was planned following The Expendables 4, it spent years in development hell. The sequel was later greenlit, with Jason Statham’s Christmas being promoted to lead while Stallone will take a backseat. The fourth film is scheduled for a late 2023 release, and while familiar faces like Dolph Lundgren will return, new team members will include Megan Fox and 50 Cent. The Expendables 4 appears to be scaling back on the action icon stunt casting of the past and focusing on relaunching The Expendables on the right note. The casting of The Raid’s Iko Uwais as the villain and making Statham the leader are steps in the right direction, and it might just see the series finally reach its potential.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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