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The Losers 

A comic revenge actioner loaded up with lots of violence

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An elite group of U.S. fighters in the Bolivian jungle are "killed" by an evil mastermind named Max (Jason Patric). Naturally, they're too bad-ass to actually die.  But now, effectively erased from the rolls of the salaried, these hungry-for-revenge hombres hook up with a mysterious beauty (Zoe Saldana), who outfits them with all the weapons and gadgetry needed to blow up tons of shit and find Max. That's pretty much the plot for this action-adventure-comedy directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard). This film is adapted from a comic series, so there's a fair amount of gleeful violence: Hundreds are killed in the quest to bring down one man. But much of the on-screen violence pushes past silly and cartoonish into the vaguely disturbing: Max kills out of capricious cruelty, an eyeball is gouged out; our "hero" pummels a woman repeatedly; kids are blown up; and, for kicks, we stop by a cock fight. This is a hard PG-13 that a few years ago would have been an R. And because the story is so flat-out stupid, this ramped-up mayhem seems especially gratuitous.

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