REVIEW: ‘The Losers’

Director:
Sylvain White
Cast:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Zoe Saldana
Chris Evans
Idris Elba
Columbus Short
Óscar Jaenada
Rated: PG-13

Guns blazing and one liners, what could go wrong with this film?

Well, plenty,. “The Losers” follows a team of special operatives that includes Clay (Morgan), Jensen (Evans), Pooch (Elba), Rogue, (Short) and Cougar (Jaenada). The film picks up with the group wrapping up a mission when they are set up by the villain of the film, Max, played by Jason Patrick. In order to clear their names, the group seeks the help of a woman named Aisha, played by Saldana.

What takes place next is an adventure to hunt down their enemy and restore their names.

The film could have been a fun romp through the action genre. However, while the movie manages to get the tone right, it does little else well. The story, on top of being predictable, just doesn’t develop too much here. Most of the movie is either the characters saying dialogue that the writers thought was more clever than it is, or action sequences that are always shown in slow motion.

I was hoping for more from the actors, since many of them are talented. Many of the actors played their roles too over the top, almost like they were just joking around. In that sense, I couldn’t enjoy the characters or care much when they were in danger.

The worst character, though, was the villain Max. He’s basically a second rate Bond nemesis, complete with a deformity covered by a single black glove and a ridiculous super weapon that even the Coyote from Looney Tunes would laugh at.

The movie tries to be a bit self referential, too, since as a comic book movie it has multiple sequences in a graphic novel-like style. There was simply a lack of subtlety with it.

“The Losers” is a really forgettable picture with less than stellar acting, underdeveloped characters, a predictable story and a script that tries too hard. For its entertainment value here and there, it’s a 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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