Sylvain White has done a couple movies that I have turned away from due to disinterest. I don’t know whether Stomp The Yard was a hit or I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer but The Losers was a surprisingly enjoyable shoot-em-up. The merry band of professionals theme reminded me very much of older classics such as Delta Force, The A-Team and the original Inglorious Bastards. You have the mysterious leader , the baby faced pretty boy and of course the renegade bad boy, They’re all in The Losers, and if you intend to go see this with high expectations of a mind challenging plot with unimaginable twists, then you may want to wait a bit until you are ready for raw action alone.
The Losers does not take itself seriously, it is a comic book being shown on film rather than the slim pages of an actual comic. It is not meant to be remembered, it is not meant to be analyzed, it’s just meant to be seen and enjoyed. You know when people tell you to shut off that nerdy brain of yours and actually enjoy something? Well this is one of those deals, so I won’t bemoan realism, plot-holes, actor selection etc. I will just highlight the good and the bad of The Losers.
Greg Dragon to Zoe Saldana: Zoe baby, you are cute, sexy, the whole nine yards but why did it look like you were trying too hard to be all of what you naturally are in this film?
The Losers tells the tale of five veteran soldiers led by a Colonel Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who are setup and left for dead after taking on a dangerous mission in the Bolivian jungle. Within the group is a dead-eye sniper named Cougar (Oscar Jaenada), a munitions and knife wielding expert named Rogue (Idris Elba), a badass driver named Pooch (Columbus Short) and of course the IT nerdy guy Jensen (Chris Evans). For any of you doubting Evans’ physique for his upcoming role as Captain America, a scene where he strips down in an elevator will show you enough of the goods to be convinced that physically he can pull it off. Evans was also the charisma in The Losers, providing well-timed comedy relief whenever he was the focus.
When the five men are assumed dead and left in Bolivia, they take on odd jobs in hopes of buying their way back to the States when Clay runs into the beautiful Aisha (Zoe Saldana). What Aisha brings to the team is volatility; unquenchable fire and a dirty little secret that could help them get revenge on Max (Jason Patric), a cold, egotistic, cartoon character of a villain, who missed his calling in a classic James Bond movie.
The Losers is a delightful treat if you are jonesing for some military action without a lot of time given to plot and development. The soundtrack is amazing and I absolutely loved how it goes from the DC Comics intro directly into the action. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a great choice for the groups lead, looking grizzled, confident and as comfortable in the role as he was as The Comedian in Watchmen. While it may not be a Fully Loaded, award-winning foray into comic book adaptations, The Losers on its own is a pretty fun ride. You should check it out and judge for yourself.