Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, & Chris Evans
Directed by Sylvain White
“The Losers” is an action film fated to come and go; I probably will not even remember it by the end of the year. In spite of this, it makes the most of what it has by delivering a true, entertaining, in-the-moment experience. I laughed, I got excited, I was engaged, and while I doubt I’ll be eager to revisit the film for nostalgic purposes anytime in the near future, it still had its impact on me in the here and now.
“The Losers” are a motley crew of CIA black ops who are betrayed and almost killed during a botched mission in Bolivia. Unable to find a way back into the states, considering nearly everyone believes them to be dead, the team is approached by a mysterious female named Aisha (Zoe Saldana) who offers them assistance into the country if they help take down the man who deceived them in the first place, known only as Max.
The remainder of the basic plot structure is standard, revenge-driven, action fare. The characters provide the film with a much-needed freshness, most specifically the five individuals that make up the title ensemble.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Clay, or Colonel, the rough and rugged leader of the group. Roque (Idris Elba) is the hothead of the team, while the mostly silent Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) speaks loudest when he is showing off his skills with a sniper rifle. The best scene in the film involves one of Cougar’s bullets, a plane, and a motorcycle; I will leave the rest up to the imagination.
While nearly every member of the team provides their own sense of charm and liveliness to compliment the action, the best comic relief comes from Pooch (Columbus Short) and Jensen (Chris Evans). Evans stood out most for me, crafting the character with a dash of nerd-meets-frat-boy appeal. His infiltration of an office building is one of the film’s funniest moments, as he struts in dressed as a delivery boy and singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” with fearless zeal.
Despite the characters, the faults still remain in the premise. Based on the comic book series of the same name, “The Losers” follows the basic, formulaic flow of events expected from a movie of its nature. There are heroes, a villain, shootouts, showdowns, twists, explosions, and anything else you could expect from a film such as this. Regardless, the film strives to effortlessly entertain, and succeeds with flawless precision.
Luckily, the PG-13 rated film is filled with violence that is rather cartoonish as opposed to realistic, making room for the cheerful nature of “The Losers” to take center stage. Despite the lives they take throughout the film, the members of the team are big softies at their core. Go for the characters, stay for the action, and if anything is going to be remembered, it will probably be the heart.
Greg Vellante is a film critic for The Eagle Tribune. For more movie reviews and entertainment stories, visit www.gregvellante.gather.com