The Expendables 4 film (yes we know it is officially titled Expend4bles) has had a rocky (get it?) start already.
The film hit the big screen today (22nd), but the critics (who cares what they think anyway?) has only managed to land a 15 per cent rating for the fourth instalment on Rotten Tomatoes.
The previous film, Expendables 3, had a 31% rating.
The first and second films were rated 41% and 67%, respectively.
Not great news for the franchise…
It seems members Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture, with Megan Fox and rapper 50 Cent joining couldn’t save them.
Here are a few reviews we have picked out for you…
‘Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone Take the Franchise to New Lows,’ said the Hollywood Reporter.
“If you really want to see a crack unit of no-nonsense professionals blow shit up, stick with Oppenheimer, wrote Empire with its two star review.
“Cigar-smoking Stallone leads way as retro franchise lumbers on,” bleated The Guardian in another 2 star review.
Adding: “…maybe advances in AI and digital avatars mean that even death will not stop these people. Let’s hope the strike by the US actors’ union, Sag-Aftra, succeeds, if only to prevent this.
“Jason Statham and Megan Fox lead a tired, poorly made mess. Apologetic sequel brings back franchise veterans Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren and ups the violence from ‘Expendables 3’ – but that’s not enough,” claims the Independent, still also giving it a 2 star nod.
“Often resembling more of a mobile game than a movie, this entry is the worst in the action franchise with plenty of cheese though no charm or craft,” said Collider.
This is a ONE STAR review from The Telegraph…”Expend4bles is a sequel so dire you’ll feel that even Sylvester Stallone deserved better. This flabby fourth instalment in the action franchise hinges on a hopeless screenplay and feels woefully first-draft.”
But you know what, it is the PAYING audience that count, so don’t let these people put you off.
We all need some escapism and this will certainly provide that!