Screen Junkies » The Losers http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:40:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Tangled Web of Movie Mercenaries http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tangled-web-of-movie-mercenaries/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tangled-web-of-movie-mercenaries/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 2010 has been the year of the "ex-military heroes out to do good...or evil." With The Losers already having left the cineplex, The A-Team due out this Friday, and The Expendables arriving later in the summer, we've been inundated with rock 'em, sock 'em gub'ment agents turned rogue.We decided to take a closer look at how all our favorite groups of mercenaries (those that used to do government work, that is) are related to each other - in a sort of "on and off the silver screen" way.

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2010 has been the year of the "ex-military heroes out to do good…or evil." With The Losers already having left the cineplex, The A-Team due out this Friday, and The Expendables arriving later in the summer, we’ve been inundated with rock ‘em, sock ‘em gub’ment agents turned rogue.

We decided to take a closer look at how all our favorite groups of mercenaries (those that used to do government work, that is) are related to each other – in a sort of "on and off the silver screen" way.

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Review: ‘The Losers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-losers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-losers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The LosersPG-13, 95m., 2010Cast: Jeffery Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans with Zoe Saldana and Jason PatricDirected by Sylvain WhiteScreenplay by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt based upon graphic novel series, “Ante Up” written by Andy Diggle and illustrations by Jock¬†

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The Losers
PG-13, 95m., 2010
Cast: Jeffery Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans with Zoe Saldana and Jason Patric
Directed by Sylvain White
Screenplay by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt based upon graphic novel series, “Ante Up” written by Andy Diggle and illustrations by Jock
 

The Losers is a wham-bam-thank-you-mama style of action flick where logic and brains are left on the bullet ridden floor.

The plot seems like directly from the classic 80s TV show “The A-Team," however, on steroids. A group of wisecracking CIA black ops going by the names of Pooch (Columbus Short), Roque (Idris Elba), Cougar(Óscar Jaenada) and Jensen (Chris Evans) are led by grey haired compatriot Clay (Jeffery Dean Morgan, who looks even sweatier and grizzled than in Watchman) into an assignment in Bolivia, where they are double crossed and mistaken for dead.

To clear their names and make it back home, the gang must travel the globe with the mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana, looking sexier and more bad-ass than ever before) searching for the uber Bond-type villain Max (Jason Patric in his most gleefully malevolent role to date), all the while unloading boxes of bullets and explosives wherever they go.     

Keeping this movie from total “Micheal Bay Mayhem” is the fun-faired nature that the rag-tag group of actors bring to the absurd plot. They can shout off their signature one-liners and keep their cool in check by not looking back at explosions.
     
While we have seen much of this “men on a mission” story before, director Sylvain White and script writers Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt from the Vertigo comic series by Andy Diggle and Jock know this and they keep the movie speeding along with series of decent action eye candy and surprises that are in tune with their 80s action spirit.

The low point of the film comes in the form of its music, which, like most whiz-bang action-fests, is filled with blasting pop tunes. The Losers soundtrack seems to be stuck on shuffle with action scenes and stripteases going through a vomitorium of techno beats and 80s tunes. The opening action sequence spews out seven songs in less than five minutes, from “Black Betty” to “Small Town Girl."
            
The Losers may not be more than a 90 minute cartoon exercise but it gets the job done well for now, until The A-Team movie arrives in June, Predators in July, and then The Expendables in August.

Grade: B-

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‘The Losers’ Trailer, Now With More Banter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-losers-trailer-now-with-more-banter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-losers-trailer-now-with-more-banter/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "I see you." If you're on the fence about The Losers, check out this extended trailer. But please ignore its attempts at glib humor. It's probably just nervous around you. The extended look begins with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana flirting the Whitney and Bobby way (closed-fist punches and motel room fires), and then jumps into an introduction to the rest of the team, despite the fact we met them already in Sneakers and The Italian Job. The action doesn't stack up to what we've seen of The A-Team or The Expendables, but it doesn't insult our intelligence by having a tank fight a jet in mid-air or giving Jet Li comedic dialogue. Plus, it shows you how to make a homemade rocket launcher. Who doesn't need one of those? Besides Whitney and Bobby. Sex, anal, and violence after the jump....

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"I see you."

If you’re on the fence about The Losers, check out this extended trailer. But please ignore its attempts at glib humor. It’s probably just nervous around you.

The extended look begins with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana flirting the Whitney and Bobby way (closed-fist punches and motel room fires), and then jumps into an introduction to the rest of the team, despite the fact we met them already in Sneakers and The Italian Job. The action doesn’t stack up to what we’ve seen of The A-Team or The Expendables, but it doesn’t insult our intelligence by having a tank fight a jet in mid-air or giving Jet Li comedic dialogue. Plus, it shows you how to make a homemade rocket launcher. Who doesn’t need one of those? Besides Whitney and Bobby.

Sex, anal, and violence after the jump….

 


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New ‘The Losers’ Poster Has You Down On Your Knees http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-the-losers-poster-has-you-down-on-your-knees/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-the-losers-poster-has-you-down-on-your-knees/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Some might look at this new poster for The Losers and think, "Oh clever, they're assassins who just shot me and now they're standing over my body as my last breath of air escapes." I look at this poster and think, "Suck it." Zoe Saldana especially seems like she could use some servicing. Jeffrey Dean Morgan just looks gassy.The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. They're gonna kick ass, take a few names, and steal the innocence of a few unlucky henchmen. Open wide, world. The Losers hits theaters April 23, 2010. (FilmSchoolRejects)¬†

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Some might look at this new poster for The Losers and think, "Oh clever, they’re assassins who just shot me and now they’re standing over my body as my last breath of air escapes." I look at this poster and think, "Suck it." Zoe Saldana especially seems like she could use some servicing. Jeffrey Dean Morgan just looks gassy.

The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. They’re gonna kick ass, take a few names, and steal the innocence of a few unlucky henchmen. Open wide, world. The Losers hits theaters April 23, 2010. (FilmSchoolRejects

 

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Assassinating People Looks Fun in New Trailer for ‘The Losers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/assassinating-people-looks-fun-in-new-trailer-for-the-losers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/assassinating-people-looks-fun-in-new-trailer-for-the-losers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The graphic novel The Losers has transmovieafied its way to the big screen and today we have the trailer. It's the standard elite team of emissaries are betrayed by Jason Patric plot. But it looks like it could be fun. It borrows a good deal of its charm from The Italian Job and the Ocean's films and rests that on the shoulders of a cast comprised of rising stars. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, and a nerdy Chris Evans (and his mind bullets) have a great rapport. This looks like it will either be a modest hit or a fun but forgettable mid-season film. Not all of the jokes hit in this trailer. For instance, after Elba successfully blows up a SUV with a homemade rocket launcher, he exclaims, "I'm the black MacGuyver! BlaGuyver!!" We'll never see a black MacGuyver in our lifetimes. MacGuyver's love of ice hockey makes that an impossibility. (MSN) Watch the trailer after the jump...

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The graphic novel The Losers has transmovieafied its way to the big screen and today we have the trailer. It’s the standard elite team of emissaries are betrayed by Jason Patric plot. But it looks like it could be fun. It borrows a good deal of its charm from The Italian Job and the Ocean’s films and rests that on the shoulders of a cast comprised of rising stars. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, and a nerdy Chris Evans (and his mind bullets) have a great rapport.

This looks like it will either be a modest hit or a fun but forgettable mid-season film. Not all of the jokes hit in this trailer. For instance, after Elba successfully blows up a SUV with a homemade rocket launcher, he exclaims, "I’m the black MacGuyver! BlaGuyver!!" We’ll never see a black MacGuyver in our lifetimes. MacGuyver’s love of ice hockey makes that an impossibility. (MSN)

Watch the trailer after the jump…

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