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May 3rd, 2010

Movie Review - Losers


Staring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patrick, Holt McCallany, etc.

Premise:An elite special forces unit is sent to Bolivia in what should have been an easy in out tagging mission. Things get complicated when they find out the target is using 25 children as shields. When the voice on the other end of their comm link refuses to call off the air strike, they wade into the estate and save the children then get out before the place blows to kingdom come.

They stay behind giving their extraction space to the kids, only to watch them be vaporized after take off.

Presumed dead, the team exists in Bilivia trying to get enough cash to make it back to the states, until they're approached by the spitfire Aisha who not only wants to help them get out, but wants their help getting revenge on 'Max' the voice on the com link.

Review:This was a fun action flick. Has little pretension on being more than it is, which was great. The bad guy was bad, the good guy was good, and everyone was tarnished in one way or another. Bullets and explosions flying left and right. And two side characters made the movie for me: Jensen and Cougar. Jensen was a manic hoot and Cougar was just cool! Heh heh.

The interplay between Clay and Aisha was a lot of fun too. Volatile relationship indeed!

Max, the bad guy, was pretty cookie cutter though the actor made him very creepy and worked him out pretty good all the same. He had a bad hand and eventually we got a look at it, but what happened to it was never mentioned or explained, so I felt a little cheated. If you're not going to tell me, why bring it up at all?

There's a plot twist or two though none of them all that surprising, but still fun. And we truly see the Puerto Rico giant dish not just a picture of it, they were there! (Sorry X-Files, still sore about that one...)

So if you're looking for a fun romp with tons of action and nice bits of comedy, Losers might just be what you're looking for.

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

P.S. The movie's website has a cute little shooter game. Totally cracked up that Jensen's piece is his hand. ROFL! (You'll understand once you see the movie (or the previews))

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic



(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!

"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."


(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!

The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."


(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.

(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”


“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”


Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”

(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”


Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”


Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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