The Losers Reviews
I guess "The A-TEAM" does have a B team, "The Loosers" in this case. Not a bad flick and still a good enough bother if you know what I mean. An interesting group with a kick-butt chick and an annoying villain we love to hate.
The beginning was cool and the whole comic thing was cool. It's not boring and during my experience I enjoyed it quite a bit. A good choice if you're in the mood for some Action/Comedy with a subtle Tragic/Romance.
A good one-time watch for me but if there's a sequel I would definitely consider watching it.
Plus there's Zoe Saldana's Aisha, who proves that the actress doesn't need to be blue to give the boys a few lessons in the art of kicking arse. Together, they're a winning combination, able to deliver interplay indicating they have bonded brilliantly on set.
The cast is good, but ultimately, given a film like this, it's not likely that their performances will be anything more than that. If that makes no sense, basically: the cast is good, as are their performances. My favorites were Oscar Jaenada and Chris Evans. Evans is the man here, stealing tons of scenes, and just being an all around lveable character. Morgan is good, and Saldana is decent, but sadly, it seems as if Elba is just kinda phoning it in. He's pretty good though. Patric is not really that good, but he's still kinda fun to watch.
This movie delivers basically what the trailer would have you to expect, but that's fine. It's passable for popcorn entertainment- especially when it's rainy or you're absolutely bored and need to give the brain a rest.
First things first, The Losers is based on a comic book so you're going to have to suspend reality a bit when watching this movie. This isn't a built up political thriller and it doesn't need it. That would just water down what this film is, which is a hard boiled action film. This is the kind of flick that you grab some popcorn and just bask in its glow. It's not a pure orgy of violence, but it's a fun movie to watch that doesn't bore you nor preach to you until you want to bury your head in the popcorn bucket. I will give some props to Jason Patric as Max, who plays what could have been a great James Bond villain. In comparison he beats all the Bond baddies since Christopher Walken played another Max 25 years ago.
The Losers is like a great roller coaster that has no redeeming value except to entertain. it doesn't try to be more than it really is and it delivers a fast paced action film. Sure it's cliched, but sometimes that's not a bad thing when executed right.
Director: Sylvain White
Summary: After learning that their handler, Max (Jason Patric), has set them up, a group of disavowed CIA operatives led by Clay -- aka the Colonel (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) -- bands together to bring down their betrayers in this slick action thriller. The film, adapted from the comic book series by Andy Diggle and Jock.
My Thoughts: "This was just a fun action thriller. Had a good story-line going for it, and backed it up with a lot of action. It was also very funny. Chris Evans really brought the laughter in this (love the elevator scene). Of course the ending leaves room for a sequel. Don't expect much, just sit back and enjoy the fun of the film. It's not the most amazing action movie, and it's all been done before in other action films. Just enjoy it for what it is."
To put it quite frankly, The Losers is a misfire. I'm haven't read the comic, so I can't compare its quality to the source material, but I can compare it to the many other action movies that have come before it. And that comparison leaves The Losers looking quite mediocre.
It's the umpteenth movie about a person or team of soldiers who are betrayed and seek revenge, but that's not the problem I had with it. I don't expect action flicks to be narrative powerhouses, but I would like some characters that I care enough about to root for. With the great cast of actors you have here, including Idris Elba, Chris Evans, and Zoë Saldana, it's a shame that there's so little effort made at characterization. All of the protagonists are boring and paper thin, while the villian may be the lamest and most annoying that I've ever seen. He reminded me of a smart-mouthed 13 year-old more than anything else, and he was about as intimidating.
The action was okay, but far from intense or interesting. That's because the bad guys were just incompetent fodder for the good guys to mow down, and never seemed much of a threat. Not in a way that made our heroes seem like powerhouses, but in a way that made it appear that the villain found all his underlings in the reject pile.
A good action movie needs more than a lot of shooting and brief mentions of family back home as the heroes' motivation. The Losers may not be outright bad, but it's certainly forgettable and uninspired. I actually hope that the sequel this movie blatantly sets up actually gets made, just so another attempt can be made to make a movie that's as good as this cast deserves.
Basically what i'm trying to say is that its The A Team's bastard cousin.