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Expendables 4 Will Break The Movies’ Action Icon Obsession (& That’s Good)

The following The consumables 4 will finally break the series’ obsession with action icons. The expendables is a film franchise centered around an ensemble of action movie stars, led by Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, who play a team of elite mercenaries who perform various missions, usually for a mysterious handler known only as Mr. Church (Bruce Willis). The series was created with the intention of paying tribute to the style of 80s action movies and bringing back the spotlight on the stars who led those films. For example, The expendables was the first theatrically released film for Dolph Lundgren since the cyberpunk box office bomb in 1995 Johnny Mnemonic. In addition to paying tribute to former action movie stars, The expendables was created to usher in a new generation of action heroes, including: Top Gun: Maverick‘s Glen Powell and Furious 7‘s Ronda Rousey.

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One of the main problems with The expendables series, especially the sequels, is that the cast is expanding in such a way that many of the prolific action stars who pollute the franchise have little to do other than appearing in a free cameo where they spit out some of their old catchphrases and shoot a few unnamed henchmen. However, The consumables 4 seems to be moving away from the series’ penchant for huge casts with a stripped-down Expendables crew. The series also seems to be largely moving away from old action stars, in favor of new talent and actors previously unassociated with the genre. Of The expendables Now well-established series, it no longer needs the gimmick of multiple action legends appearing in, often silly, cameos.

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The cast of Expendables 4 diverges from action legends

The consumables 4 consists of a stripped-down crew with only Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and Randy Couture reprising their roles from the previous three parts. Rather than the regular menagerie of ’80s action legends joining them, these four stars are backed by a new roster of actors, many of whom are newcomers to the genre. Only Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais are famous for their previous roles in action movies. Tony Jaa is a Thai martial artist and actor, who broke into the action film world in 2003 with the critically acclaimed Ong-Bak: the Thai warrior. The film introduced much of the world to the Muay Thai style of kickboxing, and Tony Jaa, who was already an accomplished stuntman, did all of his stunts without the help of CGI and cables. Indonesian actor and martial artist Iko Uwais has been cast as The consumables 4‘s main villain, and he should prove to be an incredibly dangerous threat to the team, based on his backlog of incredible action movies. Uwais is best known for his role in Gareth Evans’ The Robbery: Redemption, in which the actor almost single-handedly defeated the bad guys of an entire building. Uwais returned for the even more ambitious 2014 sequel and has since appeared in plenty of other incredible action films, such as Headshot and The night is coming for us.

The consumables 4The list of relative action newcomers includes Megan Fox and rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Fox is best known for her role in the first two Michael Bay Transformers movies, as well as the modern horror comedy cult classic Jennifer’s body. Her more recent work includes the thriller Till death, in which she dragged around a corpse for much of the film’s duration. 50 Cent is best known for his songs “In Da Club” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin'”, but he has also dived into acting. His most prominent roles include the 2018 heist movie thieves hideout and the Escape plan trilogy, in which he played opposite each other The expendables’ Leader Sylvester Stallone.

The consumables 4 also highlights new talent in Jacob Scipio and Levy Tran. Scipio debuted in 2020’s Bad Boys For Life and would star in batgirl before it was canceled as a tax write-off by Warner Brothers. Levy Tran, meanwhile, is best known for her recurring role as Trish Park, Theodora Crain’s girlfriend in Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House miniseries. Veteran Actor Andy Garcia Is Also Cast As CIA Agent In The consumables 4. Garcia is best known as a dramatic actor, earning an Academy Award nomination for: The Godfather Part III. But he’s also taken part in some of the best action scenes in movie history, most notably the stair shooting in Brian De Palma’s The untouchables

Moving to a smaller consumables crew is the right move

The cast of The consumables 4 still loyal to one of the main tenants of the series to introduce new talent into the action genre. Its manageable size allows the film to still enjoy the series’ signature ensemble action scenes, while not falling into the overcrowded cast problems of the previous films. The Expendables 3, most notably, saw many of its bloated cast of action legends sidelined. Instead of showing off the talents of his cast, The expendables series often just quickly shuffled its large collection of action heroes for a catchphrase before moving on to the next cameo. By drastically reducing the size of the cast, The consumables 4 It looks like it will avoid this problem and let all its stars shine in its inevitable plethora of shootouts and fistfights.

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The Expendables doesn’t need the Action Legends gimmick now

Of The expendables series now well established it no longer needs the gimmick to cram action legends into its cast to keep it simple. The relatively small cast of The consumables 4 should give the film a sense of focus that the series has so far eluded. Instead of making as many awkward cameos as physically possible, The consumables 4 now has the ability to feature its smaller cast in their own custom action sequences. With incredible martial artists such as Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais taking part in the film alongside new talent in the action genre, there are sure to be some breathtaking scenes that showcase the talents of The consumables 4‘s cast, both new and old.

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