‘The Losers’ Review: Guns, Knives & Double Crossing

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When it comes to predictability, The Losers gets an A. But when it comes to quality, the film adaptation of the obscure DC comic is less like a graphic novel nerd’s dream and more like all the other run-of-the mill action flick starring bad-asses with big guns and knives.

The Losers tells the tale of members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit, sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission, who’ve been double-crossed by Max, a ruthless sociopath bent on engineering a high-tech global war. The group, presumed dead, settles for a low-key life in Bolivia until they’re joined by Aisha, a mysterious operative with her own agenda, who convinces them to embark on a globe trotting quest for revenge.

The PG-13 rating rendered the movie gore-free and while the action makes up for that, some of it isn’t believable, like several shoot-em-up scenes where the good guys always hit their targets but the bad guys always miss.

While the dialogue is far from Shakespearean, Max’s devilish sarcastic witticisms will warrant an occasional chuckle and the fight scenes are distracting enough to draw attention away from holes in the plot. It’s not the worst action flick ever made, but The Losers might be indicative that Hollywood’s comic adaptation days have reached a stalemate. Next time, the unrealistic action should be left to the men and women with mutated genes. –Starrene Rhett

The Losers hits theaters today (April 23), starring Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana and Columbus Short.

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