It's culture eating itself. To make money out of that it's gotta hit a Zeitgeist and the ever astute Sly has managed it. But this self parody gets old soon and that's why i think Sly picked Patrick Hughes for this one, who's made a down and dirty survival shoot'm up with the excellent Red Hill. That suggests he wants more grit in this, as opposed to the pomposity that Con Air director Simon West brought to Expendables 2.
Lets say if Expendables 2 was Rambo 2, then i'm guessing Expendables 3 will be a little more like First Blood. In Rambo 2 the explosions were paramount, whereas in First Blood the tension was paramount (personally i by far prefer the latter)
As i said, Sly's astute and i think he's trying to evolve the franchise to get a little more mileage, so there may well be a 4th, but i'd be surprised if there's a 5th.
Edited by Odd Jobbies, 10 April 2014 - 11:55 AM.