JT Film Review

88 – The Losers (2010)

The Losers REVIEW

4/5 stars

Director – Sylvian White

Cast – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Seldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jeanada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany

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The Losers is an action/comedy film featuring  Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the leader of a group of soldiers who are framed for a crime they did not commit. After learning they identity of the man responsible for setting them up, they vow revenge and seek him out. Zoe Seldana features as a femme fatale who may not be what she seems (is there any other kind of femme fatale?), and Jason Patric is the villainous Max. 

I must admit that I was almost in two minds about The Losers. It is a loud movie, to be sure, and it is a fairly “dumb” movie as well. The plot is an action nerd’s wet dream, with ridiculous set pieces that exist just to exist. There is implausibility left right and center, and the film ends with not much being resolved. I can see all that, I really can. But, knowing all this, I had more fun watching this movie than possibly any other movie I have watched in the last few years.

I felt like I was “betraying the art of film criticism” (if I may be so pompous) when I walked out of the theatre, wallowing in the feeling of fun and fast elation the movie brings. To put it simply, you’re not supposed to like dumb and loud action movies. That, in fact, seems to be the main criticism of the movie (as demonstrated on Rotten Tomatoes, where as of now the film holds a 44% rating.) But I sat down and thought about it for a minute. Things like dumb plots, etc. are seen as bad because they detract from the possibility of a films enjoyment. If you don’t buy the plot, you can’t become involved in the movie. Frankly, this movie could care less about the plot, and I do not mean that in a bad way. The story exists to support some good fight scenes and set pieces, to allow the good guys (who are all tremendously enjoyable characters, especially the one played by Chris Evans) something to do, and to give a wonderful cackling villain to root against, played by Jason Patric. We as the audience are just expected to go along for the ride. Whether you will like the movie depends on a) if you like the main characters, b) if you like the off beat character humour used throughout, and c) if you don’t mind, or even better, enjoy, a good bit of over the top violence. I found myself able to tick off each of those little boxes, and thus found the movie very enjoyable. Personally I hope you find the same.

OVERALL

The Losers is one big, sugary, brawny, fun popcorn movie, and will guarantee a good time. It is fast, has enough witty lines to fill 3 other movies, and features characters that you will enjoy watching. I was reminded of The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939), as both movies share the same good-hearted and honest sense of fun. I went in not expecting too much, but came out brimming with energy. For my money The Losers is also funnier than most comedies released recently, Hot Tub Time MachineKick-Ass, etc. If only more action movies were like this, the genre would not have the bad reputation that it does.

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“The Losers” on other websites:

IMDB —– Rotten Tomatoes —– Wikipedia

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May 6, 2010 - Posted by | 4 Stars, Film Review, Genre - Action, Year - 2010-2019 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Hey James. I watched ten minutes of this before I read your review and turned it off as I thought it was going to be some right-wing propoganda. Read your review and tried again. Yeah, pretty funny at times. And seriously, what’s wrong with a fun, fast-paced action flick. I liked this better than pretentious middle-brow crap like the Hurt Locker, or labourious preachy films like Avatar. I know where to get my CULTURE when I want some, and when I want to see some ass-kicking and hot babes (tastefully done) I’m glad there are films like this. You’ve got to see Crank. Reply to my regular email if you want. Brent.

    Comment by brent mosher | September 1, 2010 | Reply

    • Amen to that! I thought it was well done, and done with no pretentions, like you said. It’s good to be well rounded, and part of that I think is being able to enjoy some well made, well put together entertainment.

      Comment by jamesturpin | September 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. 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. God review, check out mine when you can!

    Comment by CMrok93 | March 23, 2011 | Reply


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