"I told you already. You die very badly."
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.