EXPEND4BLES (“Expend 4 Bles”) stars Sylvester Stallone as Barney, the leader of a group of veteran American commandos. A CIA handler named Marsh orders Barney’s team to fly to Libya to stop a criminal gang from getting some detonators for atomic bombs. The team arrives there in time, but Barney’s right-hand man, Christmas, saves a team member’s life instead of completing the mission. As a result, the gang, which is led by a mysterious international arms dealer, gets the detonators. Back in the states, Marsh removes Christmas from the team. However, Christmas secretly follows them to the next mission, which is to stop the criminal gang from exploding a nuclear bomb with the detonators to start a war between Russia and the United States.
EXPEND4BLES is the most exciting and entertaining of the four EXPENDABLES movies. It has a strong moral, patriotic worldview where a group of rough and tumble American soldiers save the world from World War III. However, EXPEND4BLES has many “f” words, some gory deaths, a high body count, a comical image of extreme male nudity, and other objectionable issues.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, patriotic, macho worldview as a group of rough and tumble American commando veterans, united by the brotherhood of war, are sent to stop an international arms dealer and his gang from using a nuclear bomb to start a war between Russia and the United States, with a redemptive element of sacrifice at a climactic moment, but the characters often use foul language, and there’s a lot of intense action violence with a high body count
At least 71 obscenities (at least 45 are “f” words), one Jesus profanity, one OMG profanity, and three or four obscene gestures
Some very strong and lots of strong, intense action violence throughout with some bloody effects and gore includes man’s body torn apart by an RPG, many men are shot point blank, throats are slit and stabbed from the front and behind, men stabbed hit in chests with knives, many explosions, lots of gunfights, vehicles chase one another, playful fighting in one scene between man and his girlfriend (both are part of a team of commandos), men with rifles roam corridor and pick off adversaries that appear, etc.
Implied fornication in one scene between man and his girlfriend, and a few light sexual comments, sometimes meant for comedy
The winner of a bet has put another man’s coveted ring on top of a realistic looking rubber phallus in one image, plus there’s some partial rear female nudity in a bar with dancers in one scene and at a pool party in another scene, and upper male nudity occurs in two or three scenes
Some alcohol use
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
At least one man smokes a cigarette onscreen, but there are no drugs; and,
Some mischievous lying and insults among brothers in arms.
In EXPEND4BLES, the CIA orders the team of veteran commandos led by Sylvester Stallone’s Barney character to stop a mysterious bad guy and his right-hand man from getting their hands on some Libyan detonators for atomic bombs and causing World War III between Russia and the United States. EXPEND4BLES is probably the most exciting, entertaining of the four EXPENDABLES movies, and features American soldiers saving the world from World War III, but it has many “f” words, some gory deaths, a high body count, and some other objectionable issues.
The movie opens with the mysterious villain’s henchman, Rahmat, attacking a former chemical plant in Libya, where a general and his troops are guarding some weapons of mass destruction. The General is taking a lunch break with his wife and son when Rahmat’s team attacks the facility. Rahmat kills the General’s wife and threatens to kill his son to force the General to reveal where they’ve hidden some nuclear detonators for atomic bombs. The General relents, but Rahmat kills the son anyway.
Meanwhile, in New Orleans where the Expendables hang out, Barney visits his right-hand man, Christmas, played by Jason Statham, who’s spent the night with the female member of the Expendables, Gina, played by Megan Fox. Barney asks Christmas to help him retrieve his
Expendables ring, which he lost in a bet at a bar. They visit the bar, where a funny scene ends with them fighting the short guy who won the ring, but the short guy has some big friends.
Back at the Expendables headquarters, Barney’s team gets the job to stop Rahmat from getting the detonators. A new guy named Marsh, played by Andy Garcia, gives them the mission. Marsh tells them Rahmat is working for a mysterious international arms dealer known as Ocelot, a bad actor whom Barney has been trying to stop for years.
Cut to Libya with the Expendables arriving in their large transport plane, piloted by Barney. The plane lets out the Expendables team in their armored vehicles to engage Rahmat and his men. They’ve arrived just in time to find Rahmat loading the nuclear detonators onto one of his vehicles. A big fight ensues, but things go wrong, and Christmas makes a decision that lets Rahmat get away with the detonators.
Back in the States, Marsh removes Christmas from the team and replaces him with Gina. However, Christmas secretly follows the team on the next mission, to stop Rahmat from using the detonators, now attached to a nuclear bomb that Rahmat’s boss hopes can start a war between Russia and the United States.
EXPEND4BLES is probably the most exciting and entertaining of the four EXPENDABLES movies. It also has a strong moral, patriotic worldview where a group of rough and tumble American soldiers save the world from World War III.
However, the movie has many “f” words, and the frequent action violence includes some gory deaths and a high body count. Also, there’s a quick joke involving some extreme male nudity and an implied bedroom scene. So, EXPEND4BLES has too much excessive, unacceptable content in all the excitement. That said, it’s nice to see an action movie that just wants to entertain moviegoers and avoids woke, politically correct cliches from radical filmmakers working in Hollywood.
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