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Review: The Losers

the losers one sheetIs there something written that good, enjoyable films have to make sense, be internally consistent and not have dumb continuity gaffes?  I hope not, because that perfectly describes my reaction to The Losers, yet another Hollywood film based on a graphic novel. This time it’s from Dark Horse comics and it’s about a group of CIA “black ops” bad boys who are left for dead in Bolivia after what appears to be a drug lord takedown gone awry.

The titular Losers are Jensen (Chris Evans), Cougar (Oscar Jaenada), Pooch (Columbus Short) and Rogue (Idris Elba), let by Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and they have the kind of sarcastic, smart-ass dialog that we’ve long since learned to associate with how tough guys demonstrate affection towards each other. Indeed, so much of The Losers is formula that given the basic premise, I bet you could write the script too.

What makes the film work is that the story is actually interesting, the plot twists make sense and are even occasionally surprising, and the commanding screen presence of Zoe Saldana (who plays tough-girl Aisha), fresh from her success in Avatar, highlights the performances of the entire cast.

The story is reminiscent of many films of this genre — and doubtless The A-Team will feel much like this too when it is released — but I have to admit, I laughed, I admired some of the action scenes, and I enjoyed myself. It’s not a great movie by any stretch, but if you enjoy action films, it’s a rollicking, non-stop 98 minutes of cinema.

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Review: Clash of the Titans

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I wanted to enjoy Clash of the Titans. The previews highlighted some terrific special effects and certainly Greek mythology is a fertile field of sweeping sagas, epic stories of men challenging the gods and strange, amazing creatures.  Unfortunately, there were two problems with the movie, problems that doom an otherwise entertaining adventure film: the retrofit 3D effects and the poor performance of Sam Worthington in the title role of Perseus.
Perseus is a demi-god, the offspring of the god Zeus (Liam Neeson) and a mortal woman, Danae (Tine Stapelfeldt). When Danae’s mortal husband Acrisius (Jason Flemyng) learns that her child was not from him, he nails her and the baby into a coffin and hurls it into the ocean in rage. Miraculously, they safely wash ashore and become the wife and child of the humble Greek fisherman Spyros (Pete Postlethwaite).
That’s where things diverge from classic Greek mythology and that’s where the film starts to get confusing. In a nutshell, most of the mortals are tired of having to pay homage to the gods and begin to rebel. In one scene, they topple a massive statue of Zeus into the sea. The gods are not happy because it’s the love of mortals that give them life: if no-one believes in them, if no-one worships them, they’ll die. Meanwhile, Hades (Ralph Fiennes), brother of Zeus and god of the underworld, takes advantage of the foment to put his own schemes in place to become the top god and restore his place on Mount Olympus.

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