The Intern Review: The Losers

The Losers seems to be the first droplet in what’s going to be a torrential downpour of A-Team-esque clone movies (Takers, The Expendables), and of course the movie remake of…well, the A-Team. It’s always interesting when Hollywood starts churning out similar movies in a year’s time. Sometimes the movies are almost indistinguishable (The Prestige, The Illusionist), sometimes they’re mountains apart (The Abyss, Leviathan) and other times they all just suck (Armageddon, Deep Impact). Seeing as how the next movie in this military outcast revamp isn’t until June 11th when Hannibal and crew return to a screen near you, you definitely still have time to decide whether to hop on the bandwagon or shy away from what may be one long-ass train-wreck. My advice? You can wait for the DVD on this one. While I did thoroughly enjoy the ensemble of Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), Jensen (Chris Evans), Aisha (Zoe Saldana) and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) the movie as a whole seemed to fall a little short of itself. It seemed like a triangle of action, comedy and tension was trying to evenly divert itself throughout the whole thing each point seemed to fail in its own right, thus affecting the flow of the other two when they all should have easily flowed together. The tension between characters didn’t have enough hilarity to propel the plot enjoyably. The comedy often distracted from the action sequences instead of blending together into to create an enjoyable scene. Finally all the action sequences felt a little lacking in tension (most likely diffused by the comedy). Of course this is for the movie as a whole. But before my silver-tongue has made up your mind for you also know that the movie did have its good parts. Sometimes the comedy was right on. The action occasionally hit a good stride. And as far as tension is concerned, Morgan and Elba may have been the focal point for the whole plot of this movie but Saldana brought an excellent mix of sexual and physical tension all by her lonesome. If all that I’ve said seems to contradictory for you then just understand this: The Losers will entertain most. It’s not too flashy a film but it can do the job. At home, with Netflix. Shelling out some good cash for a movie ticket however may not be the greatest idea on this one.––Elias Amini, Intern in Chief