Comic book adaptation The Losers is an oddly appealing movie in spite of its many flaws. Taken at face value, it’s a gritty A-Team derivative that follows a group of soldiers as they attempt to clear their names of a crime they didn’t commit (blowing up a helicopter full of kids). But under Sylvain White’s direction, it’s more a loosely strung together collection of stylised set pieces that puts tongue-in-cheek revelry above the hyper violence found in the comics.
This does tend to trivialise the drama and sets an uneven tone, but given White’s eye for spectacularly staged carnage and the winning charisma of its appealing cast – there’s still plenty to enjoy, not least in a fantastically OTT slice of villainy by Jason Patric.
Of the losers themselves, meanwhile, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a credibly sensitive team leader, Zoe Saldana smoulders sassily, Chris Evans adds cocky bravado and Idris Elba some muscular edge.
The film loses points for an open ending that’s somewhat presumptuous but, by then, it’s done enough to make a second outing seem deserved.
General release from Fri 28 May.