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The Losers

Sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search-and-destroy mission, members of an elite Special Forces unit now find themselves the target of a deadly double-cross instigated by Max (Jason Patric), a ruthless man hell-bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. The team must work deep undercover to clear their name and even the score with the evil megalomaniac.

As long as you check your brain at the door, The Losers provides a lot of entertainment, laughter, and adventure. It's based on a DC comic series, and while the plot is hardly original, the cast members never take things too seriously and seem to be enjoying themselves. Furthermore, the movie depicts a lot of violent action, but it doesn't spatter brain matter all over the screen, and I applaud the director's choice to aim for the PG-13 rating. I wouldn't call this a family-friendly picture, but it's not nearly has graphic as it could have been.

As you would expect from an action film, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack kicks some serious ass and features some truly demo-worthy scenes boasting impressive LFE and an encompassing surround experience.

The great escape

  • Chapter 2, 00:07:51
  • Frequency response, surround envelopment, imaging
  • As the team races the kids to safety, listen to the jet as it flies from right to left across the room in order to drop its deadly payload on the target. When the ordinance hits home, the room shakes from the impact, and the sound envelops the room as the blast radius expands.

Here we go

  • Chapter 7, 00:38:22
  • Frequency response, dynamic range, surround envelopment
  • When the team goes after Max in Miami, listen to the helicopter hovering above the room, the crisp lifelike pops of every gunshot, and the raucous boom of the exploding vehicle.

What a way to go

  • Chapter 14, 01:23:54
  • Frequency response, imaging
  • Although the CGI leaves a lot to be desired, this is one hell of a way to dispatch the bad guy. When Wade (Holt McCallany) is thrown from the Ducati, follow his scream as he flies from left to right across the soundstage. When he meets his doom…well, I don't want to spoil the ending, but rest assured, he won't be in the sequel.

Release Date:July 20, 2010
Studio: Warner

Movie: 7/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 9/10

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