The Losers (2010)

The Losers is the adaptation of the comic by Andy Diggle and Jock. It was directed by Sylvain White and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada and Jason Patric.

Led by Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the Losers are a team of highly trained military men working for the US. When a mission of theirs in Bolivia goes haywire and someone called Max (Jason Patric) starts giving them orders, the Losers start to disobey and finally have to fake their own death. A short while later, they meet the mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana) who promises that she can bring them back to the US and will even help them find Max – if they kill him for her.

The Losers is not an artful masterpiece. But it’s a movie filled with wisecracking characters who deliver a new one-liner every two minutes (alternating them with the explosions). It’s mostly well-acted and it’s quite frankly pure fun.

The parallels of the story line to the A-Team are undeniable. And yet, The Losers actually reminded me more of the new Charlie’s Angels movies – it has the same kind of humour; it really doesn’t take itself too seriously. [And since I actually like the new Charlie’s Angels movies, me comparing them is not a bad thing.]

The cast was pretty great. I mean, we all know how awesome Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana are. But in the middle of the movie, I actually noticed that I liked Chris Evans – I never payed him much attention before. [GO PETUNIAS!] And I’m really looking forward to Idris Elba in Thor.

Sylvain White is not the world’s greatest director – but after the first couple of minutes I was already happy that he stopped freezing every second frame. And that’s one way of making the audience feel good: first make them feel really bad and when you stop making them feel bad and they revert back to their feeling normal state, they’ll mistake it for happiness.

Also, there were many nice explosions and rockets and did I mention the sense of humor? [BLAGYVER.]

Summarising: great entertainment.

On a minor sidenote:

I have to admit that Jason Patric confused me a little bit. When he came on-screen first, I thought, “hey, it’s Lex Luthor!” I later realised that he wasn’t actually John Shea, but the feeling kind of remained.

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