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The Losers

2010 action-comedy based on the comic book published by Vertigo.

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The Losers Make a Decent "Generic Brand" Version of the A-Team

  • Aug 24, 2010
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While watching the movie version of The Losers, the striking similarities between "The A-Team" and "The Losers" were difficult to ignore.  Both feature a rag-tag group of elite special forces teams that are trying to clear their names for crimes they didn't commit.  For fun, here is a little Wiki comparison:

The A-Team: 
  •  Lt. Col.  John "Hannibal" Smith - Their leader whose plans tend to be unorthodox but effective
  • Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck appeared as Templeton Peck in the pilot), usually referred to simply as "Face," is a smooth-talking con-man who serves as the team's appropriator of vehicles and other useful items
The Losers:
  • Lt. Col. Franklin Clay - The Leader,  easily identified by a consistent use of black suits without ties. A meticulous planner, initiative-taker and an excellent leader
  • Cpl. Jake Jensen - The hacker, characterized by his spiky blonde hair, glasses and a conspicuous beard on his chin. Known for his nonstop motormouth that often leads him into trouble and a variety of conversational tangents.
And the list goes on.  It also didn't help "The Losers" separate themselves from the "A-Team" with their use of a van at the end of the movie, similar to the iconic A-Team Van.

Almost all "team squad" movies have the leader, the comic relief, the muscle, etc, so that wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but in "The Losers", we don't get much backstory on the characters, so it was just helpful to try to assimilate them with characters I'm more familiar with (such as the A-Team).

All that being said, I may be reading too much into an action/adventure movie which was generally entertaining to watch.  I'm not familiar with the comic book at all, but that also served somewhat as a distraction because the villain had very "over-the-top" comic book attributes, while the rest of the movie and characters seemed to be stuck in more of a real-world setting.

Overall, the movie was watchable and had a few entertaining moments, but if not for Zoe Saldana's role in the movie, I'm not sure we ever would have heard of it.
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August 24, 2010
I f it wasn't for Saldana, I would have given this a less than 2.5 rating. Nice review! The comic book wasn't that good either IMHO; "The Expendables" was a lot better than this--for a staple of an action-movie team effort. Thanks!
 
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"The Losers" has been released on the heels of "Kick-Ass," a comic book adaptation that audiences love and will probably always prefer. That's a shame. "The Losers" is, in my view, a winner - vastly superior as an action spectacle, a comedy, a character study, and above all, a story. This means that, while it certainly revels in all manner of fun comic book violence, it also has the ambition to be about more than violence; we're engaged because we're actually being told something. I left the theater …
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A cool, slick and ultra stylish action comedy that works better than it should and plays better than you would expect. Sylvian White's "The Losers" is a quick witted, sharp, fast paced and extremely enjoyable action-comedy that infuses the best of both genres to create a stylish and a very cool  movie.
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The Losers is an upcoming action film, and an adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics' comic book series of the same name. Directed by Sylvain White, the film features an ensemble cast that includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans. The Losers opened in America on April 23, 2010.

Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar are members of an elite United States Special Forces team sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. They attempt to abort the mission when they see children are being used as drug mules. The team, find themselves the target of a betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. With an air strike minutes away the team breach the compound and rescue the children. The team allow the children to be airlifted to safety aboard a waiting helicopter but it is destroyed by a missile intended for them. Presumed dead and without passports or money the team are stuck in Bolivia. The group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with rather sly moves. Together they track and follow the ruthless and heavily armed and guarded Max to foil his plans of transforming the world as we know it into a new high-tech global battleground. Aisha agrees to smuggle the men back into the United States if they agree to hunt down and kill Max in what she describes as essentially a suicide mission. An operation to intercept and capture Max in ...

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: April 23, 2010
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment
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