The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3

The main draw of the Expendables series thus far has been the all-star, who’s who, cast of action hero icons from the 80’s. It pulls no punches about being a testosterone driven, dick-flick with a target audience and does what it sets out to do very well, with plenty of action and laughs. 

It’s a wonder, then, why so much time is devoted to establishing the young, fresh-faced generation of members, none of whom are big name actors and none of whom add anything to the film. The worst offender being Luna, played by Ronda Rousey, whose primary character traits are her gender and her misandrist attitude. Stalone is a strong writer but this “chick who can hold her own” trope is dated and out of place. 

Here’s how to write a decent female role, in 3 easy steps.

Step 1: Write a role for a male.

Step 2: Cast a female.

Step 3: Adjust pronouns and gender specific situations wherever necessary. 

That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having an entirely male cast. Bring on the explosions, the catch phrase drops and the superstar cameos! 

It’s fun, but this entry into the franchise is, well, expendable. 

6/10

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