Sylvester Stallone knows he must bring something special in order to get moviegoers into the cinemas for Expendables 2. This is why he employs Chuck Norris to bring the fun when the action scenes and dialogues are beginning to be tedious.
Norris brings with him his deadpan self-parody to elicit laughs from the audiences. And once you start laughing, it would die down until the end of the mindless movie.
In 2010, Expendables brought a roster of action superstars to the big screen. Most of them are past their prime and it featured a lot of explosives and heavy weapons. Expendables 2 brings back Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will have more things to do in the sequel than their cameo roles in the first one.
Expendables 2 also features Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jet Li, and Terry Crews. Aside from Chuck Norris, newcomers to the franchise include Yu Nan, Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games, and Jean-Claude Van Damme as a villain named Vilain.
Stallone stars as Barney, the leader of a group of old-school mercenaries who are employed by Church (Bruce Willis) to get an item from a safe in a crashed airplane. Vilain is also at the scene as the mission turns into a revenge one that involves plutonium.
Stallone directed the first Expendables but for the sequel, he opted for Simon West so that he can focus on writing. Stallone shares the screenwriting credit with Richard Wenk. As a result, Expendables 2 has a lot of one-liners that are funny.
Before Norris arrived, Expendables 2 attempt at humor is dry and relies on inside jokes and references to the actors’ previous work. As Book, which is also the name of his character in the 1978 movie Good Guys Wear Black, Norris delivers funny lines that parody his own self. It is dumb fun that will be enjoyed with the right mindset.