In Scott Waugh’s action-packed movie, Jason Statham has the opportunity to showcase his fighting skills and classic eyebrow raising abilities. Meanwhile, the remaining cast, with Sylvester Stallone at the helm, work hard to keep up with the fast-paced excitement of the film.
Observing the Expendables 4 cast struggle through their scripted “casual banter” feels like witnessing athletes competing in The World’s Strongest Man event trying to climb a ladder while carrying a massive tire. The experience is excruciating, which is likely why the filmmakers wisely confine most of the main characters in a metal cell and let Jason Statham take center stage with his knives and signature raised eyebrows. Unlike some of his co-stars who resemble stone statues more than movie stars, Statham possesses screen presence and can credibly hold his own against Thai martial arts legend Tony Jaa in a thrilling combat scene. Fans of fight sequences will also enjoy a dazzling cameo from Iko Uwais, an Indonesian master. However, these moments of brilliance cannot compensate for the tired plot device of a stolen nuclear weapon that is as worn out as a failed hip replacement surgery.
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