Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Losers

Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Losers – Opening April 23, 2010

I saw this trailer for the second or third time before a showing of “Hot Tub Time Machine” this weekend (review of that coming soon), and I’m pretty excited. It is possible that I won’t ever go to see it, but it looks like a strong combination of “Wanted” and “RocknRolla,” two films I very much liked while most weren’t so convinced by the brilliance of their plots. The crew of misfit deadly weapons is led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, exuding the same oily charisma he did in “Watchmen,” with Idris Elba (“The Office”) and Chris Evans (“Fantastic Four”) tagging along to make for one wild team. New hot commodity Zoe Saldana, fresh off of twin successes with “Avatar” and “Star Trek” last year, is the femme fatale who teams up with the boys to combat their nemesis Max (Jason Patric). This will likely be one hell of an action-packed, depraved extravaganza with more attention paid to effects than to a coherent story. Evans’ Jensen pointing his fingers at people with real guns and then having them taken out is a bit over-the-top, but the awesome tip of the hat he gets from Oscar Jaenada’s Cougar when the camera zooms out to reveal him makes it worth it. Hopefully there are many more scenes like that in the film, and its level of violence and amount of people trying to kill each other could rival “Smokin’ Aces” (which I cite here as a positive example of this type of movie). I see this as a movie with a penchant for mindless destruction and a small army of fugitives dedicated to wreaking havoc on their oppressors, and to me, that sounds like a good time. My one concern: the PG-13 rating. While it’s probably a good thing that gruesome, excessive violence isn’t shown, does that mean that this movie will be hopelessly toned down? I certainly hope not, and I’m still pumped. What do you think?

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