Was there any story? I very often sat there during The Expendables wondering if I missed something in the story, but I didn't. The story never felt connected, and it really seemed as if it was just there to give a video game like mission so we can see some explosions. Regardless as to the debate whether or not there is a real story, The Expendables is an hour-and-half thrill ride that sometimes has plot holes in the little bit of story that there is, but this tale of a group of mercenaries, hired by the CIA to assassinate a drug dealing ex-patriot and his puppet general, is too enjoyable to pass up.
Sylvester Stallone co-wrote and directed this romp that is filled with gore and immense amounts of blood splatter. Stallone headlines an impressive cast of action stars from Jason Statham to cameos from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzeneger. As can be gathered, there is little acting in this movie, just a bunch of shoot-em-ups and beat-em-ups, save for one scene where Mickey Rourke (the names keep rolling) reminisces about how he lost his humanity when he let a woman kill herself. Regardless, the action sequences are brimming with so much adrenaline, it's hard to be fazed by the shortcomings of the story.
As a whole, The Expendables is a mindless action flick with very little depth and ripe with political incorrectness (seeing as how every Jet Li joke was about his height, etc.), but the action is so unique, terrific, and nonstop, it's impossible not to get a kick out of The Expendables.
I give The Expendables a C!