Members of the crew are suspicious of Aisha but Clay overrules them – eventually they make it back to the U.S. and plan to go after Max, who turns out to be a high level someone or other in the CIA. Many explosions and much gunfire ensues.
Now I know what they were going for here: A fun action flick with likeable characters. The Losers doesn’t aspire to be anything more than a popcorn movie – but even in that sort of film you have to be at least partially sucked into the film and find the characters believable, or at least feel a sense of connection to them. The problem with the film is that for the most part, the members of the team just feel like caricatures spouting poor dialog. Also the film tries oh-so-hard to be “cool.” You’ve got the requisite slow-mo shot of the team walking towards the camera, (non-)witty dialog and yet more clever ways to indicate in what location a scene is taking place (can we PLEASE go back to just plain old white text at the bottom of the screen instead of making it look like it’s part of the environment??).
Now, as a popcorn film, that’s not to say I didn’t like it. But it DID take an awfully long time for me to warm up to it. About 2/3 of the way in it finally started to overcome its stiffness and the characters started to feel more real and grow on me. The absolute runaway best thing in the movie is Chris Evans – at first his jokes fall flat but starting about halfway through the film he’s hysterical. Best scene in the film takes place when they invade “Goliath” headquarters (yes, that’s really the name of the corporation). Some of it was shown in the trailer but the entire scene here is gold. The other members of the team are actually given some dialog from this point on that makes them seem human towards the end of the film as well.
On the other hand, Jason Patric’s character Max was, pardon the politically incorrect term, retarded. Patric hammed it up more than Travolta in any recent film where he plays a villain (if you can believe that), and within the context of the film he was SO much an over the top, figuratively mustache-twirling villain that it was just ridiculous.
Overall, if you’re itching for the summer movie season to start and need something to tide you over until Iron Man 2 opens, lower your expectations and you might find yourself enjoying The Losers. No doubt I’ll be getting a few “hey, why can’t you just enjoy a movie” comments, but so be it. If it had gotten better sooner in the movie, I would have bumped up my score accordingly.
Note to parents: It’s pretty violent for a PG-13 film and has a couple of fairly steamy scenes as well.
Maybe the sequel will be better…