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The Losers – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana – Movie Review

 

LOW EXPECTATIONS PROMPTLY DELIVERED

 

picture - The Losers - Zoe SaldanaMovie Review

by Kevin Bowen

published April 25, 2010   

 

The Losers

rated PG-13

now playing nationwide   

 

In the future, will every comic book have its 15 minutes of fame?

 

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 resolved.

 

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 you sigh.

 

kevinbowen @ stageandcinema.com

 

 
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