‘The Losers’ Review

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Screen Rant reviews The Losers

So for the PG-13 action crowd, The Losers is the film that is kicking off the pre-summer movie season. Yes, we had Kick-Ass, but its R-rated graphic violence and language kept a lot of people away. The question is, does this film do the job it sets out to do?

Kind of.

The Losers is based on a DC comic book series that I’ve never read, so I don’t know if it adheres closely to the source material or deviates a little or a lot. From everything I’ve seen in the trailers and clips, the film struck me as another riff on The A-Team (movie version opening this summer). Still, who doesn’t like the story of a bunch of hard-nosed special ops guys with hearts of gold who are wronged by someone in the government and have to restore their good names (did I mention this reminded me of The A-Team?).

As the film opens we’re introduced to our hardy band of tough guys. They’re SO tough that when they play cards instead of betting money they bet loaded guns and knives. The card game is meant to introduce us to the individuals in the team, but right from the start it seems forced. I was reminded of the opening scene of Eagle Eye (not a great film by any means) where we are introduced to Shia Lebeouf’s character – by the end of that very short scene we not only have an excellent sense of exactly who he is, but he also seems like a real person. Here, everyone feels like cardboard cutouts instead of real, live flesh and blood characters. More like caricatures.

But I digress.

They’re in Bolivia and are “painting” a target so that a jet can come in and bomb it to smithereens. It seems that a big drug grower/dealer lives there – problem is, after their leader Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) gives the green light, a truckload of children arrive on the scene (they’re being used as “mules” to transport the drugs). Clay tries to call off the bombing, but a mysterious “Max” (Jason Patric) is on the radio and overrules Clay. The Losers are black ops guys with a heart of gold, so they attack the camp themselves in order to free the children.

In the end things go horribly wrong, The Losers are presumed dead and they settle in for a low-key life in Bolivia. Of course Clay wants to track down and kill Max, and along comes Aisha (Zoe Saldana, looking very hot in this flick) with a proposition for Clay that will help him get back to the States and get justice (or revenge, if you rather).

Continue reading our review of The Losers

Our Rating:

3 out of 5
(Good)

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  1. I actually enjoyed Eagle Eye, first of all. Lol. Second, I've very glad Chris Evans (A.K.A Captain America) was good in this. I am actually a big fan of his and thinks he is going to be very good as Captain America. (My first choice was Mike Vogel though, but Chris was a close second). Third, Zoe Saldana is gorgeous. That's all I can say about that.

  2. Someone recommended I rent the sci-fi movie “Sunshine” to see Evans in a serious role. I think he's got the chops to pull off Cap after watching him in that.

    • Sunshine was a good film. It got a little art-house at the end, but I enjoyed it.

  3. Yeah, I was going to mention Sunshine when I posted, but forgot. I thought he was great in that movie (I thought that movie was great in general too). He is a very good actor. Also, it might not be the best example, but, Cellular was a pretty serious role and at the time I watched it (I haven't watched it in awhile) I thought he did a pretty solid job.

    I think Captain America will be an amazing opportunity for him to show all the haters exactly how versatile his acting is. Just remember if you think it was a bad choice. What was your first reaction when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker?

  4. is it any graphic/does it have blood in it ?
    also do you think the action scenes are choreographed well or are they just there for the sake of it ?
    just want to know so i dont waste my time and money watching crap that doesnt make sense… much like my posts ;)

  5. I think the cardboard cutout feeling of the characters is a holdover from the comics, where they don't grow and become human/likeable until about a third or half of the way into the story.

    Glad to know Chris Evans was great (as always)! My expectations are suitably low for this, so I'm looking forward to it.

  6. PG-13, so no nude scene with Zoe… Oh well, lol.

  7. you should watch After Sex. no nudity but she and mila cunis do some decently hot stuff. lolol, ya anyway im going to wait until its on paper view or hbo to see this.

  8. Is it just the way you described it or is the initial plot really that weak? They go after Max just because he overruled their decision? If so, that's got to be the most ridiculous catalyst for revenge I've ever heard of.
    I was somewhat looking forward to this movie, but now I'm not sure I want to waste my time on it.

  9. Im sure the children die, they get blamed but since they are dead they are forgotten?

    I really wanted to see this movie yet it seems they are using Zoe to “sell” it and get people in. I mean dont get me wrong I like eye candy just as much as anyone else but it just seems they have been pushing her in our faces.. (which is not that bad either)….

    However as long as it knows it is a popcorn movie and people underrstand it is a popcorn movie I dot really see an issue after reading the review.

  10. Glad to hear Evans performs well, obviously now a huge blip on radar since becoming the Cap.

  11. Hm, still seems like the “elite team” action movie I'll see for the summer will continue to be The Expendables. Maybe I'll see Kick-Ass again this week.

  12. If you go for the action I think you'll like it. It's not TOO bloody, just a little bit. It's PG-13 after all.

  13. I don't want to get into spoilers, but there is more to it than that as far as the reason.

  14. whats up with eveeryone and sunshine? its an alright movie but if you want to see what evans can do in a complex role watch London

    • No one has mentioned his performance in that film to me, or I would have checked that one out previously.

      Vic

  15. the a team and the losers trailers look exactly like the g i joe trailers. its like theyre all the same story

  16. Sunshine is a great example of his range as an actor. He's usually playing a not-so-serious character. In Sunshine he was just a hardass and never goofed off. I think he has talent and almost perfect for Captain America.

  17. SPOILER:: They go after Max because Max tried to kill them and framed them for the death of the children. Of course, I assume, Max tried to kill them because Clay simply didn't listen to Max.

  18. There aren't any nude scenes but there is definitely one lovely scene with Zoe in her lingerie with guns, dodging bullets.

  19. Personally, I'm atrracted to Jeffrey Dean Morgan but the previews irritate me with him and Zoe. Out of everyone they show, he seems to be the oldest therefore shouldn't he be calmer, more sensible one? Not the one bent on revenge? Is this just me being an ageist? Please tell me that the younger characters are more reckless than Morgan's character.

  20. He's not reckless in the film – just very intent on justice.

  21. I would say it's a little better than u make it sound but not by the only major disagrement I have is Evans being the best thing. JDM is by far the superior part of the film Evans half the time is funny and 1/4 of the time down right annoying. JDM comes off as cool tough and the most believeable of all the actors with out him the movie would of been terrible but he held it togathet. I usally find Evans funny he seemed off here but proved once again why he is not just a strange choice but 100% wrong for cap America

  22. ..so there might be a sequel?

  23. that someone must be a good friend ;·)

  24. Not really a spoiler since its mentioned in the trailer for the film.

  25. Vic,

    Saw the film and really enjoyed it. I agree with your review mostly, but would debate a 3.5 star rating.

    People often complain that we give movies like G.I. Joe a higher rating because it's fun…for what it is (a dumb popcorn flick).

    I thought The Losers was excellent…for what it is. A stylized and witty film that works so long as you ask no questions and just except that world the film presents at face value.

    But if you start asking questions:

    How did Aisha have federal covers and such?
    Was Max really on NO kind of government leash?

    I thought all the actors were great, Evans was hilarious (sorry Dan I think you're wrong about him as Cap) and that core chemistry really did make the film for me.

    Hope there's a sequel – though the box office is NOT encouraging that.

  26. YES! Sunshine = great movie. At least to showcase Evans in a non-comedic role. He's also pretty good in Push as the lead, even if a bit sarcastic. No worries about the Cap Role here.

    I've been waiting a while for this movie, just on the casting alone. Morgan, Evans, Zaldana and Idris are excellent as support actors in all the movies I've seen them in, and I was excited to see what kind of chemistry they all have. Even with this lukewarm review, I'm excited to see it. Pass the Popcorn!

  27. Overall I thought the film didnt live up to the hype. The action scenes didnt break any new ground, but the lighter moments in the film worked. The plot was predictable, but I wasnt bored to death. I would have given it a 2.5 for the comedy and Jason Patricks performance.

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