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2.0 out of 5 stars Aptly named, April 29, 2011
This review is from: The Losers (DVD)
You remember the A-Team, right? They were ex-United States Army Special Forces personnel branded as war criminals for "crimes they didn't commit." The Losers is a lot like that.

Oh, there's different actors of course: the guy who looks like George Clooney (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the guy who looks like Ryan Reynolds (Chris Evans as Jensen), the angry African-American (Idris Elba), and a motley hodgepodge of other stereotypes (the Silent Sniper, the Guy With a Family, the Tough Hot Chick). They are all good soldiers who are also good at what they do, but when a smarmy rich villain (Jason Patrick as Max) tries to eliminate them by blowing up a helicopter full of children, the team decides to disappear until the Tough Hot Chick (Zoe Saldana as Aisha) gets the old team back together again.

There are two good things about this movie. One is Saldana, who steals every scene she's in. Tough, emotionally wounded, and with a feline menace that she amply displayed in Avatar, Saldana makes everyone else look like a mumbling gorilla. The other is Evans, who's miscast as geeky awkward type - he's too good-looking to be convincingly geeky and too quick-witted to be believably awkward, but he nails every scene. If the movie was just about these two The Losers would be winners.

But it's not. Instead, we get a curiously overinvolved villain who shoots his minions when they make a mistake (yawn), a chief henchman who has little to do, a tone that veers from awful (kids blown to bits by a missile) to cheeky (Jensen hilariously fails to infiltrate the villain's corporate office) to unbelievable (THE SPOILERS: who knew sniping a motorcycle could cause it to fly over the head of the hero and smash into an oncoming airplane?). The Losers wants comic-book violence and sensibilities but frequently veers into R-rated territory.

The Losers also has grand ambitions of being the beginning of a franchise, so it wraps up exactly nothing: not the villain, not our heroes' plight, and certainly not anything we care about. Dead children are unavenged, improbable weapons of mass destruction don't go off, and our compensation is seeing Max robbed on a bus. It's a sad state of the action movie industry when the best we can hope for is that the rich villain takes public transportation.
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