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on 30 December 2011
One of 2010's many ensemble action films, 'The Losers' is based on a comic book series (which I'll admit I've never read) and is genuinely much better than the similarly themed 'The A-Team' and 'The Expendables' combined.

There are star turns from Chris Evans (best known now for starring as Captain America in the film of the same name and 'The Avengers') as one of the Losers (an elite black-ops team) and, in a villainous role, Jason Patric, whose performance may well represent the best villain in a mainstream action movie since Heath Ledger's Joker from 'The Dark Knight'. There are also some great action sequences throughout.

However, the tone is uneven (probably because it can't quite work out what audience it's aiming for - teenage boys or adults), the dialogue is pretty poor and the whole film just feels a little hollow. You get the feeling that if someone like Quentin Tarantino, Joss Whedon, or Brad Bird had been on hand to polish the script and direct this could have been genuinely brilliant. Instead it's fun and certainly has its moments, but ultimately it disappoints, given that with a bit of extra work it could have been so much better.

I think it deserves a sequel because I'd genuinely like someone to take these characters further and deliver on the moments of promise this first film offers, but I fear the box office figures may not justify that. A shame really.
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