Movie Reviews- The Losers

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The Losers

After being betrayed and left for dead, members of a CIA black ops team root out those who targeted them for assassination.

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What Worked: What this had going for it was how fun it was. It definitely got serious when it needed to but its also very light and funny at times. And let me just say this now: I wanna give a giant hug to whoever cast this movie. You got an awesome group of actors to play these parts.

This is the second week in a row that we have a good live action adaptation of a graphic novel. And the second week in a row you have movie with Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short in it, but that’s a whole other issue. Now, I haven’t read Kick-Ass or The Losers‘ respective source materials but I get a sense that The Losers followed the comic book a bit more than Kick-Ass did. It’s possible, but again, I don’t know. Please don’t kill me fans, for saying that about your precious Kick-Ass. You know how much I love Kick-Ass. The Losers knows it based on a comic and it fully embraces that from beginning to end. This movie is for people who can suspend their disbelief. If you want realism in your action movies then stay away from this one.

Chances for a sequel are at about 10% percent right now. For some reason this movie is poised to make even less money then Kick-Ass which is pretty depressing. I would love to see a sequel, it definitely sets one up, but it looks like we’re only going to get one of The Losers.

What Didn’t Work: Obviously I wont spoil the ending of the film, but I will say this. One of the characters does something that, when I saw it, came completely out of left field. And I couldn’t understand why he or she did it. But now that I have had time to think about it, I’m a bit more okay with it. But it was still pretty jarring.

And while this wasn’t a negative for me, I have been hearing a lot of complaints about the villain, Max. Apparently he’s too over the top for some people. I thought he was a great villain but there was one instance of a “Hey look at me I’m a bad guy” moment. The character was always on the cusp of being too out there but he never crossed that line which was good.

Score: 7.5/10

Review written by: Michael Brawley.  View more of Mike’s thoughts on film on his blog.

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