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Rick's Review of The Losers!

What's the Movie?: The Losers

Who's in it?: Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Idris Elba, Jason Patric, Oscar Jeanada

Who Directed it?: Sylvain White

What's it about?:  Five members of an elite U.S. Special Forces team are sent on a covert mission in the Bolivian jungle.  They are betrayed by a mysterious individual from inside known only as Max.  Thought to be dead, the team makes plans to regain their lives and get their revenge on Max when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda.

Comic to Film adaptation?: Absolutely.  This is based on the comic of the same title written by Andy Diggle with art by Jock.  It was a DC/Vertigo release started in 2003.  Absolutely worth your time to read the book.

What's good?: Every time the main team is on screen together, the movie is incredibly, funny, badass, and action packed.  Every character gets their time to shine in the team.  Jeffrey Dean Morgn played the Comedian in last year's Watchmen and he was incredible in that.  Here, the movie is his.  His character Clay is the beleagured leader of the team and he is excellent in the role.  Oscar Jeanada as Cougar is quiet, understated and badass.  I hope we get  sequel with him getting more time because he was cool.  Columbus Short as Pooch was incredibly funny and a great straight man to Jensen played by Chris Evans but we'll get to him in a moment.  Idris Elba as Roque is incredible and I am glad we will be seeing more of Elba in the upcoming Thor movie where he gets to play another badass.  Zoe Saldana as Aisha proves that she is a force to be reckoned with both in looks and in talent.  She is just electrifying in this movie.  That said, not a single person in this movie could hold a candle to the awesomeness that is Chris Evans as Jensen.  The dude is absolutely, utterly hysterical.  He proceeds to steal every scene tat hs is in and and has some of he best lines all throughout.  I have no doubt that Evans will be an awesome Captain America because as he proved in this movie, he is awesome.

Also, the action is top notch, with loads of style throughout.  Slow motion is used but not to the point that it gets boring.  The heist sequence that takes place in Miami is brilliant and funny. The shootout at the end is standard action yes, but still really done.  Needless to say I definitely got my action movie fix with this movie.    With this, A-Team and The Expandables, this promises to be an adrenaline soaked summer full of some entertaining team movies.  Oh something of note.  No movie that I have ever seen based on a comic book where the characters are all human characters with no superpowers at all has ever succesed completely in making the characters in the movie look exactly like the characters in the comic.  The Losers is the first that I have seen that not only pulls this off but the characterization of the main players is absolutely dead on.  Look at the comparison below and you will see what I am talking about.



What's not so good?: Ah yes, I was afraid we would have to get to that. Jason Patric is just awful as Max.  I mean, it's not the dialogue of the character, it's his delivery.  I am not exactly sure what he was trying to accomplish as the character  but his performance was not great. In fact, it was the only thing that will prevent me from giving the movie a perfect rating. The other issue I had with the movie was that the maguffin was actually kind of lame.  I won't go into details because I dont want to spoil anything but the idea behind the maguffin for the movie but yeah, it was pretty lame. 

Final Verdict: 4 out of 5 hard drives.  Good, solid, fun and one of the better comic to film adaptations for sure, but beware of Jason Patric's performance.

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