The Losers Review

May 3, 2010 at 10:35 am (Movies)

In the vein of hardcore action films like Die Hard and Pirates of the Caribbean, The Losers isn’t afraid to have fun. Heck, it hardly shows any fear at all. Like most of these films, there are a few pieces and sequences that may not be necessary or pertinent, but all the while they’re a ridiculous amount of fun. The film follows a renegade group of ex-CIA mercenaries, code-named The Losers, out for revenge after being black listed by their former employer, the United States government. The writers and crew seem to have good intentions for the story, and throughout the 1 1/2 hour run time they have as much fun as possible for each second. The film doesn’t forget it’s true action-oriented intentions at heart, yet at the same time falls victim to the occasional bit of sloppy storytelling. Sure, we get it, you’re a high-octane action thriller, but does that mean certain moments have to be a little off-key in terms of making sense? This didn’t detract from the experience for me, as throughout the whole film it did it’s job perfectly, suspending my sense of disbelief to just have a great time. Sometimes, a few of the action shots can be a little scatterbrained, and other times the film’s action shots use a variety of tools and slow motion to be gorgeous. Sometimes the camera cuts so quickly it’s hard to tell what’s happening, and others I was back to being an 8 year old watching old action films on VHS, truly inspired by film making. Nitpicks exist, but The Losers overcomes these faults 95% of the time with an atmosphere of fun.

The Losers also makes a great effort of being thoroughly entertaining with a new benchmark for incorporating action with humor. The amazing action set pieces ranged from an amazing finale involving two vehicles colliding and to the awe-inspiring Journey-themed heist sequence tuned perfectly with the classic song, all culminating in Chris Evans’ “telekinetic prowess.” There were moments I was in tears laughing and others when I couldn’t help but me amazed, shouting “No way!” at the screen before realizing the genius of some segments. Let’s be honest, if the later film remake of the A-Team is anything like this in terms of action or its array of team members, audiences will have no trouble having a great time. The film does a great job of making each member of the team distinct in their own way, with Cougar, Pooch, Rogue, Aisha, Clay, and my personal favorite Jensen (Chris Evans) all being their own team member that you care for. The ensemble accomplishes everything it should when it comes to creating an experience where you enjoy and love each of the characters for their own unique style and skills, and by the end you feel like they’re a family, a strange, gun-toting family. Chris Evans proves his potential for Captain America, and has some hysterical lines as the hidden-master of the movie. “That’s right, I have a crossbow!” I still need to buy a Petunia’s soccer team shirt.

All in all, The Losers is a great movie to see I have no trouble recommending. The movie combines a great visual style (the comic book illustration introduction of the characters and locations) with a great attitude of making an A-Team action adventure. Unfortunately this film hasn’t really been doing well financially, but needs and deserves all the support you could give it. Something tells me though it’ll be one of those films I’ll be pointing to on the rack at the video store saying “You’ve never seen this? It’s amazing, you should check it out, totally underrated!” I have a Books A Million gift card right now and I hope to pick up the comic as soon as I can. Is it B-Movie-ish? Yes. Is that one reason why it’s so amazing? Absolutely. Some minor nitpicks aside, The Losers is literally a hilarious, fast-paced action film anyone can enjoy, it never forgets to have fun, and this soon-to-be cult classic will keep you entertained long after you see it.

4 1/2 out of 5

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6 Comments

  1. darkcloak said,

    Definitely getting it.

  2. earlman27 said,

    Yea, it really was amazing. Can’t wait to pick it up.

  3. The James said,

    amazing movie…amazing

    btw, in the review you say:
    “…all culminating in Chris Evans’ “telekinetic prowess.”
    Yeah, you may wanna take that out as (1) its a minor spoiler and (2) it brings back bad memories of push when taken out of context (or just makes it seems like a sci-fi film)

  4. earlman27 said,

    I don’t understand necessarily how that’s a spoiler. If you look at that from a joke-spoiling point of view, maybe, but it’s in the trailer I believe.

  5. The James said,

    I mean joke spoiling, its the best part in the film, but I loved it cause I did not see it coming.

    Also, to someone who has not seen the trailer/movie/comic it sounds like he really has telekinetic powers, making this seem like a sci-fi movie

  6. earlman27 said,

    Meh.

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