Graphic Novels always make a great source for a film – well, at least good graphic novels do! The job of making a film is almost half done with a graphic novel, not only do you have a story, but you also have a visual style and the whole thing is essentially story-boarded ready for shooting. With this in mind, I tend to get a little excited when ever a graphic novel that I’ve read and enjoyed is about to get the big screen treatment. Of course, even the bets graphic novels placed in the wrong hands can implode badly and leave a bad taste in your mouth. Fortunately for fans of The Losers, Director Sylvain White has nailed it in a big way, producing a fun, violent and action packed film that covers the first two volumes, Ante Up and Double Down.
Mistakenly seen by some as a rip off of the A-Team, due to stroy-line similarities, The Losers follows a Special Forces unit as they penetrate deep into the South American jungles to take out a drug cartel. On witnessing the arrival of a bus load of children they ask that the mission is called off. But command says no – the children are legitimate collateral damage – the mission is a go. The units commander Clay attempts to sabotage the mission, then takes his team in to rescue the children before the air-strike vaporizes everything in sight.
This does not please their mysterious handler ‘Max’ who has their evac chooper taken out believing they were on board, but being the morally pure bunch of mercenary killers, the losers had given the ride to the children they had recused.
Hiding out in South America, looking for ways to make enough money to sneak back into the US, The Losers are approached by a mysterious – and very sexy – Aisha. Aisha promises to deliver Max on a plate for them, as long as they promise to kill him. Seems simple right?
Blending comic book inspired cinematic visuals with a thumping soundtrack, a story-line that twists and turns like an angry snake mixed up with plenty of humour, The Losers is a fast paced story that takes the action movie genre and populates it with a bunch of people who for the most part seem a little more real than your Sly Stallone muscle bound characters.
It’s an explosion of visual and auditory pleasure that fills the evening nicely if nothing else.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: October 13th, 2010
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution
Director: White, Sylvain
Studio: Warner Bros.