Excerpt: As I’ve said time and again, it seems that most movies these days come from three major categories: remakes of previous films, comic book/graphic novel adaptations and television series that are now feature films. And, as it turns out “The Losers” fits very nicely into one of the aforementioned categories. Now that’s not to say that there aren’t some truly original and thought-provoking films out there – there are.
Excerpt: The Movie Based on a lesser-known DC/Vertigo comic, The Losers is immediately conspicuous in its repeated attempts to remind us visually, "That's right... this was a comic book!" as if that's supposed to make us somehow enjoy it more. Did they learn nothing from the biggest comic book movie of all time, The Dark Knight , which went to great lengths to be a mainstream movie , shedding the stigma (right or wrong) of the graphic novel?
Pros: Actors: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany, Director: Sylvain White, Audio Format/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese), Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of discs: 2, Rating: PG-13, Studio: Warner, Release Date: July 20, 2010, Run Time: 97 minutes, List Price: $3...
Excerpt: An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, "The Losers" centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team - Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar - soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.
Excerpt: Director Sylvian White states in interviews on the Blu-ray of The Losers he wanted the action scenes to appear like a video game, himself being a fan of third and first-person shooters. That’s fine, the material here about an aggressive, wise-cracking military team seeking revenge perfect material for such a design. However, the term realism is then tossed around, and that’s where things don’t mix.
Conclusion: I know quite a few people liked 'The Losers.' I just couldn't get into it, mainly because the villain isn't very believable or scary. He's selling pollution free weapons, come on, how scary can a guy like that be? White's stylistic choices grated on me as well. The entire movie is edited like a music video with loads of slo-mo, quick cuts, and moving staccato images.
Conclusion: The Losers is a fast and funny bit of Big Dumb Fun, but its action and humor aren't as savage or savvy as they could be. Still, you could do much worse. Warner's Blu-ray release fumbles out of the gate with a shallow supplemental package, but makes up for any shortcomings with a faithful, finely tuned video transfer and an explosive DTS-HD Master Audio track. My advice? Give White's flashbang comicbook/videogame hybrid a try.
Excerpt: Ever been to a wedding or a birthday party where everyone around you spent so much time insisting how much fun they were having that you started to doubt them? All those big smiles, all those jokes, all those goofy dance moves-- are these people even human? While The Losers isn't as awkward or as irritating as your Uncle Phil trying to Hammer dance, it often feels just as strained.
Excerpt: Originating as a DC Comics World War II series in the early ’70s, The Losers got its title from a Special Forces group who dubbed themselves “The Losers” to honor the military personnel lost under their command. This is helpful background information, because in the new version—updated for Vertigo in the mid-’00s by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock, and now adapted into cinematic dreck of the highest magnitude—the meaning of the title gets completely lost.