After watching the movie, seeing the tepid reviews roll in and eyeing the film’s lukewarm weekend box office, I’ll have to say that The Losers might be the most aptly titled film of the year. The two-star seal of mediocrity being bestowed upon the movie is more for The Losers’ complete superfluousness and half-baked nature than anything else. Director Sylvain White has obviously seen some good action movies in his time, but he just forgot to rip off the stuff that makes them good, instead yanking the window-dressing. The Losers is very much of the Tarantino/Rodriguez/Richie triumvirate of clever, energized action movies; it’s an attempt at a slick, stylish, colorful shoot ‘em up. Too bad White’s not very good at this and was beaten to the punch some time ago by the Crank movies. The plot follows a group of misfit soldiers betrayed by the government during a mission in Bolivia and dead set on revenge. That’s the basic set-up, and it exists simply to move the film from action piece to action piece. The cast is fine (though Jeffrey Dean Morgan has the look of a man shot up with horse tranquilizers), but there’s nary an attempt at characterization, trading that in for a collection of types. There’s the gruff, no-nonsense commander (Morgan), the nerdy comic relief (Chris Evans) and the hothead (Idris Elba). They all gripe and moan at each other in supposedly clever, pithy ways, except here, clever and pithy never crawls outside the realm of momma jokes, and the whole thing is negligible.
Director: Sylvain White
Writer: Andy Diggle, Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt
Producer: Kerry Foster, Akiva Goldsman and Joel Silver
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short and Óscar Jaenada