Thursday, April 22, 2010

Review: The Losers

Grade: A-

Rogue, Pooch, Cougar, Jensen and Clay are members of a CIA black ops team who call themselves the Losers. While on a mission in Bosnia to bring down a drug lord, the team is betrayed by a man in the CIA by the name of Max. Max, and the rest of the world, think that the Losers are dead. Really, Clay and his men are trying to make money anyway they can and are looking for information on Max so they can get their revenge and return to their lives and families. One day, they meet a mysterious woman, Aisha, who tells them she knows where Max is and is willing to fund their operation to kill him by any means necessary. At the same time, Max is secretly buying extremely dangerous weapons and plans to use them to start a war.

This movie, based on the comic book series of the same name, is surprisingly good an entertaining, despite its PG-13 rating. The movie is loaded with action and even more humor. I was really surprised by it all. The story is really good and keeps you interested through the whole movie. This is the first of three A-Team-esque movies coming out this year (The others being Expendables and A-Team of course) and I feel that it will be the best of them. Unlike last weeks comic book adaptation Kick-Ass, the trailer for Losers doesn’t misrepresent the movie, if you liked the trailer you will love this movie. It is a very fun movie to watch, that is for sure. I would say though, that this movie would have been a little better if it were rated R. I say this only because I prefer realism and I find it a bit ridiculous to see this team of black ops shooting countless people dead but not a drop of blood is seen. To me that is kind of weird and messed up.

The cast of The Losers is really what attracted me to the movie, it stars Jeffery Dean Morgan (Watchmen, Taking Woodstock.) as Clay, the leader of the Losers. I am a pretty big fan of him and he did a fantastic job as the leader of the group. Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) plays the mysterious Aisha. Saldana is a very talented actress and she shows that in this movie, she’s great. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Sunshine) plays techie Jensen. Evans was easily the best and funniest part of the movie, every time he was on screen I was laughing, I can’t wait to see him as Captain America. Idris Elba (RocknRolla, Obsessed) plays weapons expert, Rogue. I really enjoy Elba and he was really good in this movie. Columbus Short (Death at a Funeral, Cadillac Records) plays transportation expert, Pooch. Short was very good and funny. Oscar Jaenada played sniper, Cougar. This character doesn’t say much but Jaenada did a great job with the performance. Jason Patric (My Sister’s Keeper, Expired) played the role of the sinister Max. Patric was brilliant with Max’s coldness and heartlessness, just great.

This movie is absolutely a joy to see and if you like action movies or comedies or a combination of both, you should definitely go see The Losers. This movie has it all and it is a fun ride from start to finish. Although I will say, as much as I enjoyed this movie, please go see Kick-Ass and support movies like that and Watchmen, proper adaptations. Yes this movie pulls off the PG-13 rating but many comic book adaptations they are working on won’t.

Great quote: “There are few things in life that a liberal use of duct tape won’t fix.”


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