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The Losers

The Losers

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Apr 23, 2010
Grade:
B
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 38 Minutes
BOTTOM LINE

Part action flick, part comic book, The Losers doesn't stick to your stereotypical formula. It's shoot first and ask questions later for these guys.

Five members of an elite Special Forces team are sent on a mission to target a building for destruction. When the mission goes wrong and they are betrayed by the man they only know as Max, the team is forced to give up their lives and begin anew, hoping one day they'll get their revenge. No, this isn't The A-Team, it's The Losers.

The Losers are based off the Vertigo comic by the same name. It follows Commander and team leader Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as he leads his team of ex-military soldiers on the most dangerous mission of their lives. He is accompanied by strongman Roque (Idris Elba), funny guy/techie Jensen (Chris Evans), sniper Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) and pilot expert Pooch (Columbus Short).

After being set up by someone deep within the CIA, only known to them by his mysterious voice and name of Max, the team find themselves out for revenge but without a plan. That's when Aisha (Zoe Saldana) finds them. Now they are caught in a suicide mission to save the world and defeat Max. Can they do it or is it too much for this super team to handle?

Part action flick, part comic book, The Losers doesn't stick to your stereotypical formula. It's shoot first and ask questions later for these guys. One thing that seems constant throughout is that there is always room for a good joke or two, even if your staring down the barrel of a gun. That's usually at the expense of Jensen, whether he's wearing one of his many hilarious t-shirts or simply acting nonchalant about any given situation. Of the team, Evans is clearly the standout.

On the opposite end you have Jason Patric as the evil genius Max. While his character started out interesting, once you actually see him you find out that he is just an average guy. He's not evil enough. Sure he has no problem killing people or trying to take over the world but he's the kind of guy that just screams pushover. If anything it's his right hand man Wade, played by Holt McCallany, who should be the true criminal mastermind.

The Losers is action-packed, funny, and something not to be taken too seriously. It definitely has that comic book feel to it with flashy scenes and some cleverly placed camera shots/special effects. Even if you've never heard of the comic, it's still enjoyable and might even persuade you to pick up an edition or two. 

Matt Rodriguez
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