This year is apparently the year for team-based action movies. Before The A-Team and The Expendables there was the March flop The Losers, which is based on a DC/Vertigo comic book. Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Jason Patric, the movie is a mildly entertaining but forgettable action-comedy.
The Losers begins with the protagonists getting set up by a rogue CIA criminal named Max (Patric). Assumed dead, they plot their reluctant revenge from Bolivia and finally get their chance when a mysterious but sexy woman (Saldana) shows up offering to finance their assault.
The Losers is an in-between film; it's neither particularly good nor bad. As action-comedies go, it has enough of both, though neither the humor nor action is memorable. It delivers just enough to make it worth seeing but lacks that extra spark to warrant a recommendation.
The dialogue and acting isn't particularly good, though The Losers clearly intends to be campy. The team members are more interesting and cohesive than those found in The Expendables but The Losers looks cheap compared to the surprisingly good A-Team movie. A better script and more focused storyline could have taken The Losers a long way, as it has the ingredients to be better than it is.
The highlight was Saldana, who not only looks good throughout but delivers on a performance level far beyond the other actors involved. Chris Evans, the future Captain America, is also pretty decent.
The Losers is an OK but not great action-comedy. There's enough action to keep things exciting, but the action has been done elsewhere better. The story could have been better, as could the humor. Overall, The Losers delivers enough to be an enjoyable watch but isn't good enough to be worth seeing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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