Monday, January 24, 2011
Movie Review: THE LOSERS
The Losers is a cool movie based on a comic book series that bears more than a little resemblance to The A-Team. Except that this crew is a little bit more colorful. There's team leader Clay (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who played The Comedian in another comic book film adaptation, The Watchmen); Roque (Idris Elba); Pooch (Columbus Short); Jensen (Chris Evans, ex Human Torch of the Fantastic Four films); and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada). They form an elite CIA Black Ops team that on their latest mission has to take down a South American bad guy. Problem is they get framed for a crime they didn't commit and are left for dead. Unable to return stateside, the guys try to eke out a living in South America when a mysterious woman named Aisha (played by the sultry Zoe Saldana, fresh off her one two punch of 2009's Star Trek and Avatar) comes calling. She offers them a deal: help her get Max (played by Jason Patric) the guy who set them up and she will clear their names. They don't trust her at all, but accept the job anyway. In the meantime Max is brokering a deal with some middle eastern scientists to build a deadly new weapon which he plans to use to start a major new war. In comes the Losers to take him down. Lots of gunplay, fist fights and car chases make this a very entertaining movie. Things are kept light and never get too serious as lots of humor come from Evans, Short and the slightly loony Patric. The entire cast is solid, especially Saldana as the lone female in this guy heavy film. She more than holds her own with the boys and has one brutal throw down fight scene with Clay that lets her give as good as she gets. The Losers is a winner in my book.