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The Losers (2010)

(PG-13) 96 mins

Plot Summary: After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination.

Director: Sylvain White

Writers: Peter Berg (screenplay), James Vanderbilt (screenplay), and Andy Diggle (characters)

Stars: Idris ElbaZoe Saldana and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Serious Jest:  (Worth Watching)  This flick is a comic-book-style version of The A-Team-meets-Smokin’ Aces.  The cast of protagonists is outstanding; they’re funny (especially Chris Evans, whose “Don’t Stop Believin'” rendition makes me want to rock out a Rock Band jam session with him; go Petunias!) and badass, like watching a beer commercial about mercs.  The script is action-packed, with witty dialogue; the special effects are often exciting; the combat scenes are hardcore (and Saldana even makes hers sexy); the soundtrack is awesome; and the camera work adds just the right accent to the many adrenaline rushes.  All of that being said, there was one key action scene that was so ridiculous that it actually made me turn from the screen and say, “Oh, c’mon!”–not because it was improbable, but because it was impossible and simply silly.  Additionally, I usually like Jason Patric as an actor, but I hated him in this role as Max.  I couldn’t figure out which one was worse: the quality of his scripted lines (it was almost as if this role had its own writer, with half of the talent of the guy who wrote for the other characters) and over-the-top nature of his character, or his goofy delivery, which seemed like a tech geek trying to play a hardcore CIA agent.  All in all, this is not necessarily a movie that I recommend you make the time to see, but if you’ve got some down time and are looking for some fast-paced action with some witty and comedic dialogue, I’d highly prefer this film over similar movies like The A-Team.  The Losers is a fun ride that requires and inspires little thinking.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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