When it’s all said and done, Sylvester Stallone might go down as the greatest action star of his generation, and maybe ever. The competition is tight, but his The Expendables franchise, which just landed streaming on Netflix is a testament to his star power and understanding of the Hollywood landscape in general. It’s truly something to behold and there is more to come with The Expendables 4 around the corner.
The Expendables, The Expendables 2, and The Expendables 3 were all added to Netflix
The Expendables franchise brings together an all-star cast of action legends, combining nostalgic charm with high-octane thrills. Sylvester Stallone leads these films offering a fun and action-packed experience that leaves you cheering for more.
In The Expendables, the first installment, Stallone stars as Barney Ross, the no-nonsense leader of a team of elite mercenaries, including Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench Mauser and Bruce Willis as Mr. Church.
This ultimate action trio takes on dangerous missions, resulting in explosive gunfights and jaw-dropping stunts that’ll leave your heart pounding. They are hired to take on a dangerous mission in a South American country ruled by a ruthless dictator.
The film pays homage to the golden era of action cinema, with Stallone leading the charge in explosive gunfights and intense hand-to-hand combat. It really was a full understanding by Stallone and company just what made the original 80s and 90s films so much fun to watch. There’s a certain tongue-in-cheek element to everything happening here.
Jason Statham joined Sylvester Stallone in the franchise for The Expendables 2
As the franchise progressed with The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3, the team added, even more, firepower, bringing in the likes of Jason Statham as the skilled Lee Christmas and introducing new faces like Kellan Lutz and Ronda Rousey. Plus they added superstars like Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Jean-Claude VanDamme, Chuck Norris, and even Kelsey Grammar. Basically, everyone was in on the action.
It’s a blend of the old and the new, with the seasoned action stars showing the younger generation how it’s done. Again, Sylvester Stallone understood the assignment more than most would if given the same instructions.
The first film was a box office hit, raking in over $274 million worldwide against an $80 million budget. While the sequels, The Expendables 2 and The Expendables 3, couldn’t quite match the first one’s financial success, they still brought in a cool $312 million and $214 million globally, respectively. Sure, it may not be superhero money, but it’s more than enough to keep this group of mercenaries coming back for more action.
Sylvester Stallone and The Expendables franchise has combined to bring in over $700 million at the box office
From a critical perspective, Sylvester Stallone and crew had The Expendables performing about where you would expect considering the nature of the proceedings. The first movie hit 42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with the second and third installments going for 67 percent and 31 percent respectively. Again, these flicks aren’t necessarily being made for the critics. They are meant to be popcorn movies through and through.
The Expendables 4 Will Release In September And Is Sylvester Stallone’s Last Movie In The Franchise
And this franchise isn’t done either. There’s a fourth movie due out this fall, cleverly titled Expend4bles. It will be Sylvester Stallone’s last turn as Barney Ross. He’s already been clear that the franchise helm, in terms of star, will be handled over to Jason Statham going forward.
But it does look like they are going out with a bang in this last one, due in theaters on September 22, 2003. It will bring back a number of familiar faces to the mix with Lundgren and Couture returning. But Megan Fox will be joining up along with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as well. The budget for the film has already eclipsed $100 million so there are some pretty big expectations here.
The Expendables franchise is where action legends come to play and the explosions never stop. Get your dose of adrenaline and nostalgia in one package with this explosive supergroup. Stallone and his crew may not be saving the world, but they sure know how to have a blast doing it!
And now is the time to catch up with this whole crew streaming on Netflix. With the trilogy on the platform, they make for the right kind of movie to take an entire day to binge.