Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Losers

Don’t let the title fool you; The Losers wouldn’t have any trouble getting dates. This crack team of commandoes is the latest in what is becoming an interminably long list of comic-book adaptations, albeit it one that is sharp, snappy and mercifully short enough to sit though. Led by the gruffly affable Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), The Losers consist of Idris Elba (AKA Stringer Bell from The Wire), Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada and comic adaptation addict Chris Evans. The team is a deadly mix of talents and temperaments, with Evans drawing the short straw for comic relief.

After a botched job in Bolivia, The Losers are worse than persona non grata, they’re declared dead. In an effort to return Stateside and dish out vengeance on the mysterious Max (Jason Patric), the man behind their attempted murder, the crew reluctantly align with the alluring Aisha (Zoe Saldana). Action scene after loud, jump cut happy action scene ensue, in what is a Scooby Do-like formula that all too presumptuously sets up a sequel.

This is the type of film where shaky-cam and sexy, slo-mo sequences are supposed to make up for a weak script where every plot point is signposted in neon. But, surprisingly, it works! Like a greasy fast food meal, The Losers is the perfect blend of sugary substance and managed expectations. Fun performances (excluding Patric’s bizarre attempt at a psychopath), a great soundtrack and gratuitous shots of Saldana’s lithe body mean The Losers turn out to be a lot of fun indeed.

Published by Street Press Australia
Australian release date: 27 May 2010

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