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The Losers

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

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3 1/2 stars: "The Losers" aren't losers after all.......

  • Apr 26, 2010

When Alex Proyas adapted the independent comic book "The Crow" to the screen it was one of the few and the only other big comic book adaptation of the 90's. The other being the widely popular Batman films  that came out from   1992-1997(One directed by Tim Burton, two directed by Joel Schumacher.) but  since "The Crow"  massive commercial  and critical success   no other independent comic book has stepped up to the plate to fill the shoes "The Crow"  left behind. That is  until a little know director Sylvain White  and his writers  Peter Berg James Vanderbilt  adapted for the screen an extremely little know  comic book  published by  Vertigo X tentatively called "The Losers ". While this film may seem like another A-Team let, you tell you right now that you have never meet a team quite like "The Losers.



Sylvain White's hilarious and audacious comic book adaptation is a work of art, well it is more like a grunge band song mixed with some good old action values, and revenge is a dish best severed cold. This film dish out some seriously cold justice to the baddies with ultra style and flare although films like "The Losers" lost there following at the end of the 90's. director Sylvain White knows this  and  while he has knowledge that some will not take kindly to a throwback action film, others will embrace it with open arms  feeling nostalgic  for the days of  "FACE/OFF"(1997)  and  "Die Hard"(1989) and all the other  great action films of the 80's and 90's. Some may find "The Losers" well a loser  and others will find it to be an extravagant and  very well executed action comedy with some serious intellect, it's the kind of film that is  just too good to resist and  even harder to hate.


What I like most about "The Losers" is the care that was taken into telling the story it is quite well crafted and played out on screen, how all the characters seem to bounce jokes and witty dialogue off of each other. It gave the film a sense that these group of actors had worked together many times before and know how each other tick and that to me is something special it gives the film a better more buddy, buddy type feel instead of a stark military action picture  type feel. What makes it feel this way  is the  joke filled  script by  Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt they  lay on the jokes, the charm, the  cool hip  vibe and the intelligence to make this action picture stand out amongst the crowd, while it may not seem like "The Losers" should work,  it does. It is an action film I am proud to say that I laughed so hard it hurt and was completely riveted by this film.



The well know ensemble cast  including Jeffery Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaendada,  Holt McCallany and Jason Patric(who this film could have seriously done without.) deliver fine performances  in a film that  is better than it should be and allot more keen and  intelligent than we would have thought. There performances that including Chris Evans, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Zoë Saldana  are three that must work so that the others can survive  if  any of theses three fail than the whole film comes crashing down with the rest of the cast. It is only to them and the quick-witted script that this flawed but extremely worthy film can gain that title, it succeeds on the actor alone.




This film is not perfect it has its flaws and has its holes but the holes in this film are relatively minor ones that you do not really notice unless you are looking for them. From an action fans viewpoint this film is everything you could hope for in an action picture, and I know I have said that a few times but for some films it is mostly true and for "The Losers" it is spot on. I will admit that there were some moments where I questioned this films intention and then someone cracked a joke pr something very intriguing happened and I suddenly did not care anymore. It is a throwback essentially, a throwback to the days when films were entertainment and not super intelligent, scientifically accurate   like all films must be today or they will rip it up and burn it. "The Losers" doesn't care  it's here to entertain and give you some good laughs with your explosions along the way  and if your forgiving I can promise you "The Losers" will deliver.

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March 11, 2011
I loved this flick, great review.
March 11, 2011
It kicked so much ass, and thank you very much.
April 26, 2010
Very good review although it is the opposite of what I felt about the movie. I did enjoy your review but I have to say that I thought this was really overcooked; maybe I'm just showing my age and how I am tired of this flashy editing tricks.
April 26, 2010
Thank you, and I know what you mean the flashy editing tricks can get to be annoying but I found that they were really well placed in this film not over running it.
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review by . August 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 …
review by . March 11, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     People often get the interpretation that EVERY Hollywood action film is generic, noisy, violent, and messy to the core; all in a very bad way. I too believe such a thing, and I've seen too many bad-mediocre action flicks to be surprised when every single one around the corner turns out to be forgettable or even horridly convoluted. So out of the blue comes this little movie called "The Losers", which is based upon a comic book series of the same name. This …
review by . April 24, 2010
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   Hollywood is going to run out of comic books to adapt into the big screen at the pace it is going. I’ve never seen such persistence in bringing the comic book characters to life; pretty soon Hollywood filmmakers will have their eyes more at adapting Japanese anime with the predicted projects “Robotech” and “Cowboy Bebop”. Well, before they do run out of material from American comic books, director Sylvain White brings the Vertigo comics’ “The …
review by . April 23, 2010
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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 …
Quick Tip by . April 26, 2010
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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.

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