Friday 28 May 2010

The Losers review

The Losers (12A, 97 mins)
Director: Sylvain White 
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Looking to steal a march on the upcoming A-Team movie, actioner The Losers is based on a graphic novel about a group of mercenaries (including the likes of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans and Idris Elba) betrayed by the CIA. Presumed dead and left to rot in Bolivia, they meet Zoe Saldana’s former agent who tells him she can get them back to America so they can find the man who betrayed them, someone she also has a grudge against. So they come up against an arms dealer (Jason Patric) in a well paced adventure that’s full of globetrotting and double crossing and some energetic burst of action that try to incorporate traditional gunplay with heist machinations. By adopting a light hearted approach and a flippantly violent tone, it canters along as harmless fun that isn’t necessarily always funny. So while Patric and his henchman have a nice line in banter, sort of a riff on Dr Evil and his son from Austin Powers, elsewhere it’s just fairly lame bickering by a minor cast.

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