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The Losers (Review)

Entertaining performances try to distract audience from feeling they've seen this story many times before

By Scott Renshaw · April 21st, 2010 · Movies

I realize there’s an A-Team movie set to be released this summer, but after catching The Losers I’m thinking I’ve pretty much got that ground covered.

Yes, this is the story of a group of highly skilled U.S. military operatives who are framed for a crime they didn’t commit and out to clear their names. There’s a steely-eyed leader (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a handsome wise-cracker (Chris Evans), a snarling bad-ass (Idris Elba) and the guy who can drive or fly anything (Columbus Short). Throw in a crack shot (Oscar Jaenada) and a mysterious woman (Zoe Saldana) and, well, you’ve gotta love it when a plan comes together.

But you don’t necessarily have to love the way it comes together.

Director Sylvain White adapts the DC/Vertigo comic book with explosions and/or fire that rock the house every 20 minutes like clockwork, flying bullets and fists and a PG-13-approved pseudo-sex scene. It’s like somebody handed a 14-year-old boy a “What do you want to see in a movie” checklist and a $60 million budget.

At least there are two energetic performances to distract from the generic nonsense. Jason Patric slithers his way through his role as the villain Max, perfectly capturing a guy who knows he has power and loves using it. And Evans (Fantastic Four’s Human Torch) has the kind of personality that makes even obvious punch lines and situations just a little more entertaining.

The Losers needs all the entertainment they can provide, since every other minute of it is stuff you’ve seen before — and, apparently, stuff you’ll be seeing again in a couple of months. Grade: C



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