Friday, April 23, 2010

The Losers

An underdeveloped and stylized action flick that requires you to check your mind at the door in order to enjoy it. Made for fans of the graphic novel and over-the-top team action movies.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and

The Losers

Every few years, there are duplicated summer blockbusters. One is usually a lot better than the other. In 1997 there were two supervolcano movies: Volcano and Dante’s Peak. In 1998 there were two asteroids-hitting-earth flicks: Armageddon and Deep Impact. The carbon copies of 2010 are a pair of framed-platoons-trying-to-prove-their-innocence movie: first, The Losers, and later, The A-Team.

Our Special Forces team in The Losers consists of five tough guys: Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Watchmen) is the boss of operations, Roque (Idris Elba, Rocknrolla) is the second in command, Jensen (Chris Evans, Fantastic Four) is the technology geek, Pooch (Columbus Short, Whiteout) covers transportation and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) is the long-range weapons expert. After a rogue CIA agent frames The Losers for the death of 25 children in Bolivia, they are forced to fake their deaths and remain in hiding in the South American country.

Not long after hunkering in to their home, The Losers are infiltrated by Aisha (Zoe Saldana, Star Trek) a wealthy, powerful and secretive woman looking to recruit The Losers on a suicide mission that will not only benefit her mysterious cause, but prove The Losers’ innocence. Together, they must sneak back into the United States and track down the protected man responsible for everything, Max (Jason Patric, My Sister’s Keeper).

The Losers is one of those over-the-top mindless action flicks that require you to suspend your disbelief and just go with it. Check your mind at the door, because you wont need it here. The action is unbelievable. The characters are never fleshed out. The dialogue is corny. The acting is campy – especially Jason Patric. The Losers is nothing more than a big dumb action movie – and it knows it! It never tries to be anything more. If you like that type of movie, it is entertaining the whole way through.

If you are looking to see comic book movie this weekend, you have two choices: Kick-Ass, a completely well rounded, dark and gritty hardcore R-rated superhero flick or the mind-numbing, high-octane and intentionally over-the-top The Losers. Depending on what type of comic book movie you are in the mood for, you can’t go wrong.

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

2 1/2 out of 5

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