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DVD Review: The Losers

July 27, 2010

The Losers – A Warner Home Video Release

http://www.the-losers.com/dvd/

DVD Release Date: July 20th, 2010

Rated 14A for violence, language may offend, not recommend for young children.

Running time: 97 minutes

 

Sylvain White (dir.)

 

Peter Berg (writer)

James Vanderbilt (writer)

Andy Diggle (characters)

 

John Ottman (music)

 

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Clay

Zoe Saldana as Aisha

Chris Evans as Jensen

Idris Elba as Roque

Columbus Short as Pooch

Òscar Jaenada as Cougar

Jason Patric as Max

 

Blu-Ray Bonus Features Include:

• Zoe and The Losers

• Band of Buddies: Ops Training

• The Losers: Action-Style Storytelling

• Sneak Peek – Batman: Under The Red Hood

• Deleted Scene

 

DVD Special Features Include:

• Zoe and The Losers

 

Our reviews below:

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The Losers DVD Review By John C.

* (out of 4)

After a botched rescue mission in Bolivia, that ended in the accidental death of 25 children, a rogue group of soldiers was presumed dead.  This group, going by the name ‘The Losers,’ vowed to not return until they track down and kill an evil mastermind with a plan for taking over the world, no less.  The Losers are joined by Aisha (Zoe Saldana) who relentlessly beats up main-man Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) on first meeting, resulting in their hotel room being set alight.  Moments later, they emerge unscathed and trade business cards, just confirming our belief that Saldana is only here to appear in tight pants and slow motion.

 

Based on a comic book, The Losers is so disjointed, with the tone between action, drama and comedy so uneven, that it feels like the screenwriter tore apart all their comic books, glued them back together in the wrong order and lit it on fire before writing the script.  Coupled with obnoxious set-pieces and shaky cam, the film is almost impossible to follow.  In one climactic scene, we watch a plain blow up in slow motion.  It rivals only Birdemic as some of the worst CGI I’ve seen.

 

The ridiculous villain, known only as Max, has an evil plan that involves an island disintegrating tool called a Snuke, I kid you not.  It’s a name right out of a Dr. Seuss story, except this film is too dumb to make it rhyme.  The only good scene here is the one where Jenson (Chris Evans) seemingly shoots people with his fingers, but it only runs for about 2-minutes and was already seen in the better-looking trailer.  It’s unfathomable why anyone could think this is a better movie than the far superior The A-TeamThe Losers could be described as The B-Team, but I personally think it’s more like The Z-Team.

 

The Blu-ray includes several featurettes, as well as a confusing deleted scene that sadly seems to set up a sequel.

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The Losers DVD Review By Erin V.

*3/4 (out of 4)

Based on the DC comic, The Losers is about a team of framed US Soldiers who are presumed dead after a failed hit on their life.  The film follows them after this event as they (partially to clear their names) try to track down the man who did it and is now trying to start WWIII – this all-powerful villain is known only as ‘Max.’

 

Watch the trailer.  Done?  Great.  So, how does it look?  Good right? – Wrong.  Don’t bother watching the movie, you’ve seen it all – the set pieces you see in the trailer, (‘hand’ guns, motorcycle flipping towards a plane, Zoe Saldana’s character shooting a bazooka), are basically the only kinda cool action sequences – which is why they make up the trailer.  The trailer also plays like a fun-action-comedy with lots of one-liners, while the movie plays as I-don’t-know-what.

 

The problems with The Losers are many.  Mainly, the tone is completely inconsistent throughout.  We have a scene near the beginning in which a helicopter with innocents is blown up (which the ‘heroes’ were supposed to be on instead), striking the tone of an action-drama, coupled with scenes that fall into the realm of stupid action-comedy.  This is not a good balance as each scene feels like it doesn’t belong with the one before, nor after it – there’s no natural flow of things.  But just wait until we meet the villain who ordered that helicopter hit.  Max.  This guy seems to be a psychopath who somehow has fallen partially out of a cartoon.  His WMD of choice is a SNUKE.  A giant clear Easter egg-shaped thing that makes islands disappear in a cheap swirly CGI whirlpool.  Say Snuke out loud.  Try not to think of Dr. Suess.  It’s ridiculous and makes Unobtanium seem like a genius name for something in a movie.  Put a Snuke in a kids film and you’d be fine.  Max’s dialogue is also ridiculous, like a cartoon villain’s at times.

 

The question is, why didn’t The Losers work for me?  Because I simply can’t believe that everything that happened in the film could actually be in the same movie universe.  It aimed and missed it’s mark completely.  And for the record, most of the CGI explosions look pretty cheap within the actual film, which coupled with the choppy trying-to-be-a-comic-book editing, made it not even really technically good.

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The Losers DVD Review By Nicole

*1/2 (out of 4)

What is this movie meant to be?  The film starts out with a serious tone, involving 25 Bolivian children being killed in an effort to destroy a group of American soldiers.  The five soldiers, known as the Losers, travel around the world tracking down a villain known as Max.  While Max is a psychopath, killing people for no reason, he also acts like Dr. Evil, (minus the Sphynx cat), creating a Dr. Suess type weapon known as a Snuke.  The Snukes look like transparent Easter eggs, and can suck islands into oblivion.

 

What confused me about the film is that The Losers doesn’t know whether it’s a comedy, drama, or simply an action flick.  Perhaps those who are familiar with the comic books may get the film.  Despite some cool action sequences, they are not enough to save the film.  Skip this one and watch the trailer.

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The Losers DVD Review By Maureen

* (out of 4)

Many people have compared the Losers with a recent similar movie, The A-Team.  In my mind, there’s no comparison.  The A-Team is a way more entertaining movie.

 

The Losers is based on the DC Comic.  Not being familiar with the series I can’t really say whether or not the movie does justice to the original material.  I just didn’t enjoy this movie.  The story seemed to jump from the dark and violent, with Bolivian children being killed in an exploding helicopter, to the ridiculous with an evil villain named Max trying to use a weapon of great, but environmentally friendly, destruction called a snuke.  Neither the acting or the action sequences are strong enough to redeem this uneven story.

 

Fanboys of the comic, or guys wanting to see Avatar’s Zoe Saldana kicking butt in tight pants may enjoy renting The Losers.  As for me, I would rather re-watch The A-Team.

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The Losers DVD Review By Tony

** (out of 4)

Having a similar premise to The A-Team–a team of commando specialists double-crossed by spooks out for revenge, etc., The Losers suffers by comparison, already being dubbed by wags as “The B-Team”.  Despite its share of cool action scenes, it is uneven, moving awkwardly between comedy and brutality with occasional bits of slow motion, stop-motion, rotoscoping and titles to remind us of its comic book sources.

 

The cast is serviceable, though the quirky arch-villain Max (Jason Patric) was grating, particularly in his dealings with the stereotypical Indian inventors of a bizarre super weapon. With relatively bloodless violence, covered-up sex, and a rocking score, The Losers is a decent action film for boys, but for the rest of us there is better material available.

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Consensus: The Losers is an action movie that totally misses it’s mark, and just becomes a messy film with no idea what tone it’s going for as it tries to mix humour with the set-pieces. *1/2 (Out of 4)

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 23, 2011 4:16 pm

    What makes The Losers such winning entertainment is its refusal to take the story or the characters too seriously, alongside a uniformly excellent cast who all step into the shallow boots of their characters with so much fun. Good review, check out mine when you can!

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