Tuesday, 28 June 2011

DVD reviews

No cinema for a while, so I'll be Lovefilm'ing for the foreseeable future. This months films were The Losers and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.  

The Losers is the tale of a special forces unit that gets set-up and goes seeking revenge, it's a comic book adaptation and they've all been great recently, so it should be good right?  Unfortunately no.  It's trite, obvious and a complete let down. All the best bits are directly lifted from the comic and shine, unfortunately they are trying to shine through the muddied waters of the dross that has been written to link these gems together.

The worse bit about watching things on DVD is the opportunity to see the deleted scenes or in this case scene.  I saw this after the brilliant epilogue and just thought why?  They had a beautiful premise of a shadowy villain and a bunch of anti-heroes (from the deleted scene it looked like that was the original script) and they changed that for 'Look we're real because we get injured but carry on fighting! Heroes' versus a Lex Luthor high tech eco-terrorist supervillian?

Sorry, but I don't want cheap-ass version of the A-Team. This was a DC Vertigo title and the film script should have been written to reflect this with a 15 or 18 certificate in mind.

On the other hand, The Sorcerer's Apprentice delivers what it advertises, a fun Disney hero action flick.  There are some great moments in this film and most of the training sequences are laugh out loud funny, even the enchanted mop sequence is very well done (that's not a spoiler, the film's called The Sorcerer's Apprentice, what else would you expect to be in it?)

So, recommendations:  I'd put The Sorcerer's Apprentice on a par with The Never-ending story as a film that will stick in an 8 year old's head.  The premise that you don't have to go to Hogwarts to study magic, you could instead just walk into a weird old shop one day and be given something that will change your life.  (I wonder if that's why I like reading so much? I was brain-washed!)

The Losers I'd put on a par with AVP, watchable and even enjoyable in parts but if you had a choice go for something else.

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