Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Movie Review: The Losers

With the rising cost of movie tickets, I don't get out to the theater much (I prefer Redbox or a rental store). But the other night was an exception. Instead of going to an expensive theater, we decided to check out one of our local discount theaters (the greatest invention ever) that usually plays movies that have been out for months. To our surprise, The Losers, which came out near the end of April, was already at the discount theater.

We were apprehensive at first, but decided to take a chance. It was only $4 a ticket (that included popcorn and a drink, mind you) and besides, sometimes these "campy" movies are actually quite good.

Fortunately, our apprehension was completely unwarranted. I really didn't know anything about this movie or most of the actors. All I knew was that it was an action flick based on a comic book series, so I had very few preconceived notions.

The story is kind of your typical action movie fare: a group of good guys are tricked and have to clear their names by chasing down the bad guy and saving the world from destruction.

To be more specific, a group of CIA black ops team is tricked into blowing up what they thought was a terrorist camp and thwarting their attempted assassinations, the group (led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) must find the terrorist, Max (Jason Patric) and stop him from detonating a "green" bomb. Oh, and they'd also like to let the world know what happened and be un-declared deceased.

Overall, a good story with great cinematography. While the market seems to be saturated with comic book movies, this one feels different. Sure some of the graphics remind the viewer that the story is from a comic book, but a person doesn't have to be a fan of the series to appreciate a good hour and a half of action. While some movies in the genre have insane, over-the-top action that doesn't seem plausible, most of the action sequences and situations in The Losers does not seem completely implausible.

So, in summation, if you're a fan of the comics or just need to see an action story played out on screen, this would be a great movie for you.

My rating: 7/10
It would have been higher, but I left the theater with a few unanswered questions.

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Anonymous said...

Happy you liked the movie! I wanted to see The Losers, but like you pointed out, ticket prices are too high. =)