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The Losers: Movie Review

Genre: Action, Adventure
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Sylvain White
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Idris Elba, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Released by: Warner Bros.

In Short: This ridiculous paint-by-numbers action flick is like so many which have come before, with big explosions, massive gunplay, a beautiful heroine and a preposterous plot.

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All Action + No Plot = Losing Proposition

"The Losers" is a movie based on a comic book, and every frame of it screams that fact. A ridiculous mishmash of giant explosions, machine-gun fire and hand-to-hand combat, it is a film dying for someone to put it out of its misery.

"The Losers" is the nickname of an all-male unit of America’s Special Ops military forces, made up of—as in every bad action flick that has preceded it—five guys who each have their own skill set. One is the electronics wizard, one is the gun expert—you get the drift. When an evil CIA agent plots to kill them all off to cover up a super-secret operation in Bolivia, they are winners in the fact that they escape; losers in the fact that they are officially dead and so cannot go home again.

Zoe Saldana in The Losers Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Columbus Short and Idris Elba in The Losers

So what’s a gang of losers to do? Naturally, they meet up with a super-hot chick, played by Zoe Saldana, and go after the bad guy to get their revenge. Saldana's previous work, the top-notch 2009 action movies "Star Trek" and "Avatar," stand as an obvious comparison to "The Losers." Those two excellent films, created by J.J. Abrams and James Cameron, are what filmmakers who understand how to do great action sequences—amid a fascinating plot filled with believable characters—can create. Sylvain White’s "The Losers," on the other hand, is an example of what happens when a director's interest lies solely in how many buildings he can blow up and how many rocket launchers he can shoot off in the course of a 98-minute flick.

It’s so brainless as to be almost camp, with every cinematic cliché in the book thrown into the pot. The gorgeous woman also happens to be a martial arts expert and small-weapons pro, who—of course—falls for the leader of the pack; the evil CIA agent is really a megalomaniac bent on taking over the world; and one of the gang of five Losers really is a true loser, as he goes over to the dark side. It’s all paint-by-numbers stuff, and so dopey that it makes you yearn for a new "Batman" movie by Christopher Nolan, who understands that a comic-book-based film can be more than a ludicrous plotline with a bunch of action sequences strung together.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


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