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The Losers
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08.16.2010 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Sylvain White

Actors:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Zoe Saldana
Chris Evans

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A ragtag team of American special forces find themselves compromised in the jungles of Bolivia and are presumed dead by their country. With nowhere else to go, nothing else to lose and with the aid of a mysteriously hot woman, the group returns to the U.S. to exact revenge on the people who wronged them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you saw the first trailer for THE LOSERS earlier this year, you were probably surprised at how good it looked, especially coming from the director of STOMP THE YARD. The comic adaptation looked cool and fun and sported a fantastic cast of up and comers. Could this be the year’s biggest surprise?

Nope. Not even close. The only surprise is that we were foolish enough to think this would be anything more than a generic, mindless action movie. There were a couple ballsy moves near the beginning that gave me hope, as well as a few creative touches popping up once in a while (that you saw in the trailer already), but overall pretty much every moment of THE LOSERS is clichéd and predictable action fluff with bare bones plot and character.

The action itself is competent but too over the top to be particularly exciting. (There’s a scene near the end that involves a flaming motorcycle and an airplane that personifies this to a tee.) Director Sylvain White uses a lot of “cool” techniques—hyperactive editing, shaky cam, freeze frame, speed ramping—but the film still manages to feel like it has no style. There are also a lot of random music video-like moments that make no sense, other than to make for the most ill-fitting use of Journey in any movie ever.

If there’s one thing THE LOSERS does have going for it, it’s the impressive cast of on-the-rise actors that make up the team. There’s the Comedian aka Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana fresh off AVATAR, newly minted Captain America Chris Evans, “The Wire’s” Idris Elba, and Jason freaking Patric. And amazingly enough, everyone seems to have a pretty good chemistry together and a willingness to share the screen. Evans specifically is fun and funny, but borders on comic relief that often makes him feel out of place. Jason Patric, as always, is a joy to watch, and he gives it his all, but it also feels like he’s in a different movie tonally. His ridiculous and gleefully evil villain seems to be a better fit for a comedy, while everyone else is in a fairly straightforward action movie. I mean, Patric’s big, bad weapon is called a “Sonic Dematerializer,” which is a “green” nuke that destroys without pollution. Clearly, this is not meant to be taken seriously.
THE EXTRAS
In addition to the Blu Ray and the below special features, the package also comes with a DVD and Digital Copy of the movie.

Deleted Scene: This very brief (under a minute) scene features Chris Noth and seems to set up a sequel that will likely never happen.

Band of Buddies: Three different BTS features clocking in around 15 minutes and detailing the actors’ training with guns and assorted badass weaponry, filming in Puerto Rico and director White’s vision for the film. Nothing blew my socks off.

Action Style Storytelling: Creators of the original comic series Andy Diggle and Jock discuss their influences when creating the characters and world and give their thoughts on the movie adaptation.

Zoes and the Losers: Seeing as how she just “starred” in the biggest grossing movie of all time, Zoe Saldana gets her own special 5-minute featurette, detailing her specific training regiment and what it was like being the only girl in a cast full of dudes.

BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD Sneak Peek: A 15 minute preview of the new animated film (that’s out now), which looks much better than THE LOSERS.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Despite having an interesting cast and a couple inspired moments, THE LOSERS is a barely passable action film, just one of many comic adaptations that will fade away in to oblivion. Maybe worth a watch in a couple years when it premieres on FX or TBS.

Extra Tidbit: At one point, both Peter Berg and Tim Story were slated to direct this.
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