The Losers favors style over substance

The Losers is more or less a variation on The A-Team, also due for a big screen treatment this summer. A super bad-ass special forces team consisting of Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Roque (Idris Elba), Jensen (Chris Evans), Cougar (Oscar Jaenenda) and Pooch (Columbus Short) run afoul of rogue CIA agent Max (Jason Patric) when they refuse to carry out a mission that would have resulted in the deaths of several innocent children. Max tries to kill the team and has them smeared as bad guys for good measure, but they survive and go underground. Eventually, the sexy and mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana) shows up and offers them a chance to get revenge and get their lives back. This is an enjoyable enough action flick with a few moments of inspired lunacy, and the cast is likeable enough, especially Morgan and Elba. The problem is that director Sylvain White goes way overboard with the style and attitude, constantly reminding us how hip, cool, and edgy his movie is with its slow motion visual style unnecessary jump cuts. ** 1/2