The Losers (3/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 97 minutes.
Not for children.
Well, thereís a lot of
action in this movie, and the pace is up. The problem is that it is
incurably stupid and grossly violent. There is nothing that makes sense.
(Jeffrey Dean Morgan), always clean-shaven Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris
Elba), and Poosh (Columbus Short) comprise an elite team of special
forces in the Boliva jungle on a search and destroy mission. They are
double-crossed and spend the rest of the movie trying to get revenge on
the bad guy, Max (Jason Patric).
The movie has lots of
weaknesses, but the weakest is the performance of Patric. Heís supposed
to be hateful and cruel but instead heís just over-the-top silly. He
doesnít project an ounce of danger for the guy heís playing. But that
could be the fault of director Sylvain White. White shows admirable
talent in keeping this thing moving, but Patricís performance really
weakens the film.
ZoŽ Saldana plays Aisha, a
mysterious sexpot, who hooks up with the team, but nobody ever really
knows where sheís coming from or which side sheís on. White tries to
disguise the lack of content by using camerawork legerdemain with
constant ECUs and quick cuts. All the fight scenes are blurred because
the camera cuts back and forth so much. Worse is that the fights are
idiotic. In one, one of our heroes falls from the entrance to a big jet
on the tarmac and he falls from an airplane door from about 30 feet off
the ground and lands flat on his
back. Not to worry, he
jumps up to fight some more. Another one of our heroes is shot in both
legs. Well, he canít fight too well, but he never shows any pain, just
joking like it wasnít even a scratch.
And, frankly, thatís about
half the movie. This is just another low-intellect, overly violent,
meaningless movie trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
April 22, 2010