HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
True Don Quixote, The
Babymother
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Antebellum
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Settlers
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Kandisha
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Plurality
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
Honeymoon
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
   
 
Newest Articles
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
Network Double Bills: Tarka the Otter and The Belstone Fox
   
 
  Losers, The Maybe You Should Hire - Oh, These Other Guys
Year: 2010
Director: Sylvain White
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Janaeda, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany, Peter Macdissi, Peter Francis James, Tanee McCall-Short
Genre: Action, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) leads this gang of Black Ops mercenaries unofficially working for the United States government, and on this fateful mission they find themselves in Bolivia, seeking to take out a local crime lord at his isolated jungle lair. However, when they get in sight of the building compound, they notice he has brought in a school bus full of children to act as insurance against anyone bombing him, yet the voice on the other end of Clay's radio link tells him he has no qualms about going ahead with just that course of action...

Following that there is the dodgiest moment in the whole film, which may act as an origin in ten minutes for our raggle-taggle band of outlaws, but also includes twenty-five or so Bolivian children being blown up in a helicopter by a missile meant for Clay's team, and all that after they had gone to so much trouble to save them. Do you think this movie would have pulled the same stunt if it meant them depicting the violent deaths of a group of American children? Neither do I, but if you hope this sets the rest of the story up for a plethora of gung ho bad taste, then you would be let down, as what you actually got was a generic action flick.

Just as the long shadow of eighties entertainment still loomed large over the landscape of twenty-first century movies, so it was that The Losers (not to be confused with the seventies bikers in 'Nam movie) sought to emulate the uncomplicated thrills of the action genre forged in that tumultuous decade - although, really, which decade is not tumultuous? What was on offer here was the bullets flying, the explosions exploding, the wisecracks, er, cracking, and manly men flexing their muscles if not their acting talents kind of vehicle your Sly or Arnie or Chuck would not have been ashamed to have put their name to way back when.

Except without the patina of nostalgia, which might have explained why it didn't quite set the box office alight, though then again neither did The A-Team remake, and that followed this movie's formula, based on a comic book, to a tee. Fair enough, there were a number - a small number - of twists and turns in the plot to make it its own animal, yet it was manufactured in a way that was dead set on as innocuous an explosions and gunfire flick as it could be. You might hesitate to describe it in terms of fast food, but The Losers was nevertheless a mass market product designed not to fill you up with a satisfying movie meal, but make you want more of the same a short time after consuming.

To its credit, director Sylvain White never pretended this was anything else, and staged the essential sequences with professionalism if little flair. The gang were similarly drawn from stock, pretty much interchangeable with each other with only the most token nods to distinguishing characteristics, though Chris Evans had a nice line in being not quite the ladies' man his character would hope to be. Zoe Saldana is the sole female member Aisha, love interest for Clay, setting our Losers on the trail of the mysterious Max who wanted them dead in the first place, although he turns out to be Jason Patric who not only wants to kick start massive global terrorism with a sci-fi matter-eating bomb, but behaves very oddly with it as if he were actually a refugee from a James Bond instalment. Throw in a grumpy Idris Elba for inter-team conflict and a setpiece or three, and mix to serve, in one eye and out the other. They were evidently hoping for a sequel, but there would be plenty more alternatives like this anyway. Music by John Ottman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1964 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf
   

 

Last Updated: