The Losers

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“The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search-and-destroy mission. But the team – Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch, and Cougar- soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross instigated by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Making good use of the fact that they’re now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda and capable of scoring a few points of her own. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it’ll be a win-win for the team now known as the Losers”

— Surprisingly accurate jacket synopsis from the DVD!

Plot: 2-5/5

Let me explain the range in score: It’s a solid 5- entertaining, action-packed, humor-packed, clever, everything you want in an action movie. It’s brilliant. The issue I have with it is the release. This is why:

Someone tried to challenge one release with another, and it made for a mini clone-war in cinemas in 2010. “The Losers” came out first, April; Next was “The A-Team” in June, then 2 months later, “The Expendables”– ALL HAD BASICALLY THE SAME EXACT DAMN PLOT. I don’t know who started it, but the fact that those three came out with SO MANY similarities around the exact same time says that one movie was announced (I’ve never figured out who was green-lit first), and two other studios decided to release their own film to steal the thunder. “The Losers” is my personal favorite from that cluster, but like I said, they all pretty much have the same plot: Active or retired military special ops gets framed in some way by either an actual member of the CIA, or a renegade agent, or a guy who is never really identified as CIA or not (Max in “The Losers”), but he definitely has ties. The special ops team goes in to take them out, and saves the world from some form of terrorism at the same time. Just watch them, they really are very very similar…

My personal favorite scene: Jensen (Chris Evans) uses his "psychic powers" to hold a group of security guards hostage (the dialogue is HYSTERICAL)

My personal favorite scene: Jensen (Chris Evans) uses his “psychic powers” to hold a group of security guards hostage (the dialogue is HYSTERICAL)

Anyways, back to “The Losers”. It’s got a GREAT balance of humor and action. The storyline is easy to follow, and easy to enjoy. There are some FANTASTIC fight scenes, and some bits where you can only look at the screen and think “really? we’re going with that cliche?”, but it’s all in good taste. The humor isn’t the usual crappy slapstick stuff (what I call “American Humor”), it’s more situational and helps with the flow of the movie. I usually am not the action-movie kind of person, I like storylines and it’s just really hard to find one in most action movies, but I did like this one a lot.

Acting: I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS IN THIS/5

I love this movie for the cast. They do a great job, there are no weak links, and most of all: For nearly every major character my reaction at seeing them was “Heeeeey!”. You’re main comic relief is Jensen, the kind of goofy member of the team who really doesn’t quite fit personality-wise with the others, but he’s still fun and loveable– and who is played by Chris Evans (Captain America). Roque is Idris Elba (Heimdall in “Thor” and the colonel in “Pacific Rim”), Clay, the leader of the team is Jeffrey Dean Morgan (John Winchester in “Supernatural”), Columbus Short plays Pooch (Harrison on “Scandal”), and Aisha is Zoe Saldana (Neytiri, the main girl in “Avatar”).

All of those are talented actors who really go a long ways to making this movie a solid on the acting line. You don’t get to see it in the “Avengers” franchise much, but Chris Evans is EXCELLENT with comedy, and he pulls out all the stops here!

"The Losers" begins with the special ops team barely avoiding being blown up along with 25 children. They go after Max for revenge.

“The Losers” begins with the special ops team barely avoiding being blown up along with 25 children. They go after Max for revenge.

Age Rating: 15+

There are some steamy scenes (nothing too steamy though), and from Jensen you can expect quite a bit of cursing, but otherwise it’s pretty easy. There is violence, but not really any gore, until the very end at least. It’s an easy watch, but younger kids would probably get bored, you kind of have to pay attention to the story to get what’s happening.

Fun Trivia:

The film is based off of a DC comic book (Chris Evans, cheating on Marvel…)

Max wears either a white or black glove on either his right or left hand. This was to pay homage to the fact that in the comics, Max was actually twins, not a single person. In the film, however, it’s because of a scar he wishes to keep covered.

This is the first movie to show military personnel using digital camouflage, a newer type of camouflage that is supposed to be exceptionally difficult for drones to get a lock on, compared to more traditional camouflage. It’s becoming increasingly common among military uniforms.

 

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