Expendables 3 is Now Officially Rated PG-13
Well, Sylvester Stallone himself already announced it but seeing it now as a fact, written down in the MPAA's recent news bulletin, is something that knocks down even the most optimistic action fans. Expendables 3 is now officially rated PG-13 (for violence including intense sustained gun battles and fight scenes, and for language).
Okay, wait... violence, gun battles, fight scenes, language, that doesn't sound so bad, does it? Those ingredients were present in the predecessors, as well, so what's all the fuss about?
Such statements can probably only come from someone who's either unfamiliar with the territory or simply wants to troll. Everyone else will unite and see the implication this rating decision carries with it: driven by financial motives, the action fans will get a watered-down version of a film whose predecessors were overly bloody and included all the elements that made the macho action cinema become the success it was. And Stallone played an important part in that era and obviously loved it so much that he wanted to pay his hommage to the genre.
For the third film, this premise has been thrown overboard in cold blood. Ironically, this is a parallel in itself since the depicted, testosterone-driven action cinema was once pushed aside by the more lucrative, family-friendly productions and found a new place close to irrelevance.
Sure, some will argue that the PG-13 rating still allows for some violence to be shown and that one should never rule out the possibility of an unrated, "uncensored" home video release later on. But all of that is uncertain at this point and leaves a large portion of the action fan community in frustration.
Expendables 3 starts in US cinemas on August 15th, 2014.
Release: Jul 03, 2014 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey