Comic book justice
The Losers (PG-13)
Director: Sylvain White
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Jason Patric and others
The Losers has quite an outdated storyline, probably because it is based on a really old comic book series and also the fact that there’s a more commercial movie with the same storyline, running in theatres. But, The Losers has its own pride. It’s a dedicated comic book adaptation. The film follows the first two volumes of the comic series. With Peter Berg on board as the screenwriter, I expected swashbuckling action. Apart from the pre-title sequence, there’s no other scene which contained Berg’s style of action presentation. The pre-title sequence reminded me largely of the final action sequence of Berg’s The Rundown. But, when director Sylvain White unnecessarily adds a scene, things go pretty awkward. The antagonist, Max (Jason Patric) is walking on the seashore, safe under an umbrella, held by a sultry assistant. The wind blows and the umbrella drifts away a little, allowing sunshine to spray on Max. Although the female assistant apologizes, Max coolly wields his 9mm and shoots her. This sounded quite like a Judd Apatow movie.
The Losers has its moments with laughter. But, I noticed a number of times that Jason Patric overacts at times. Apart from him, the protagonists put up a good show. Led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana, the parade seems to have done their homework. Morgan and Saldana exhibit a crackling chemistry and seem to have the movie in top gear with their raunchy humor. I also noticed that the scenes involving Saldana have been bathed in golden light. The use of filters is a premonition that skin color is no more important.
I don’t want to get started with the visual effects that include a burning bike crashing into a jet and the end result is a big explosion while our protagonist stands right next to the jet and starts walking when the guitar chords strike. For once, I’d say that the heroine is probably the only recognizable face in the whole movie. Apart from having her face, graphically morphed in Avatar, Saldana has become quite a celebrity already.
The Losers entertains. But, it isn’t really the entertainer you’d want to watch in case you’ve already watched The A-Team. This movie is strictly for comic book fans.