The Losers – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe
Saldana – Movie Review
LOW EXPECTATIONS PROMPTLY
by Kevin Bowen
published April 25, 2010
now playing nationwide
In the future, will every comic book have its 15 minutes of
As we hurtle toward some grand geek culture apocalypse,
The Losers might be
evidence of your theory. Have you ever heard of DC Comics'
The Losers? There’s
not a lot you are likely to expect from the film, and it’s
likely to live up to your expectations.
There are two approaches to comic book filmmaking. Some films
notably stylize their efforts by using digital technology to create
over-the-top fictional worlds (Sin City or The Watchmen). Then there’s the
older style, such as the original Superman films.
The Losers never chooses
between the two. Sometimes it’s straight-up action. Other
times, it opts for stylized ridiculous violence within a
realistic setting. As a result, it’s often difficult to
suspend disbelief. It’s a nagging problem that never gets
Of course, that makes it more exciting than its simple revenge plot
actually is. An Army recon team raids a drug processing compound. A
camp CIA maniac orders their death but misses, leading to a
tragedy. Believed dead, they want revenge. A mysterious woman shows
up to help them. The villains include previously noted CIA guy, his
not-too-bright henchman, and a team of the flabbiest former special
forces soldiers that you’ll ever see. It’s so inspired by The A-Team that the group
sometimes travels by ugly van.
Chris Evans, as the group wiseass Jensen, has moments, but not as
many or as clever as he should. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as the leader
Clay, brings some haggard charm. Zoe Saldana seems to be at her
weakest, maybe even a little bored.
There's certainly nothing all that wrong with The Losers. It has some decent
action moments, some effective comedy, and it never lost my
interest. But as it
leaves itself open for a sequel at the end, it really just makes
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