It’s probably wrong to choose to watch a movie based on the fact that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is in it AND he does not die in the opening scene, but there you have it. I admit it. I watched the movie because I have a scary-wild (yet age-appropriate) crush on JDM.
In all fairness, however, he’s really a pretty good actor. Anyone who’s seen his work in Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural knows this (and also wishes he’d play a more central role – one that does not see him dead long before fans are ready to let him go). in The Watchmen he was slimy, scary, disgusting, frustrating and we absolutely loved it. But, again, dead too soon. At least here we were able to experience copious flashbacks where we could hate The Comedian even more than we did before, if that were even possible.
As Clay in The Losers he is everything we normally love about a JDM character: he was sullen, sultry, sexy, strong and determined. The one thing he was NOT in this movie is supported. From his self-righteous sidekick, Roque (Idris Elba) to Chris Evan’s comical, but slightly over the top Jensen, there seemed to be a rather large disconnect between the characters. It just did not feel like they’d fought together, killed together and ultimately would die together. Despite some potentially sizzling scenes between Zoe Saldana and Morgan, even the steaminess was not there. I found myself just not caring much what the outcome would be, other than hoping that Jason Patric’s character would be put to a speedy death – but only because watching another moment of his acting might have been two moments too many.
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