The Losers

13 Jul

Title: The Losers
Year: 2010
Director: Sylvain White
Writers: Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt, adapting from the comic book series by Andy Diggle
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany
MPAA Rating: PG-13, sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language
Runtime: 97 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 6.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%

I’m a huge geek for comic books, and this is a good adaptation of a good series of comic books, it’s a seriously fast ride and one with all the right doses of violence, though for my liking those could have been amped up a notch, not to mention that the casting, especially that of Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the beautiful Zoe Saldana, is pretty damn spot-on, and as such The Losers worked wonderfully for me, it’s not up there with the Dark Knight’s and Iron Man’s of the world as far as comic book adaptations go, but it’s seriously solid, plus, like all the really good comic book adaptations, it works wonderfully well as a stand-alone film, and this is what it is, it’s a terrifically entertaining action film.

Plus, it’s a story that’s pretty damn direct and that doesn’t chase it’s own tale for half the movie, we get five kickass guys who are sent to Bolivia on a mission, but then circumstances change and they’re pretty much left for dead in Bolivia, no passports no nothing, just themselves stranded there alone, they lose all sort of titles of formation and become The Losers, and they’re in the search for revenge. The Losers are Clay, Roque, Jensen, Cougar and Pooch, each has a special skill and each is a completely different person, a team of rugged tough guys who are now left with only each other on a vengeance mission.

Zoe Saldana comes next, I reviewed the American remake of Death at a Funeral in which she’s in not long ago and noted there as well the stunning beauty that Ms. Saldana possesses, and it’s worth noting here as well, she seriously is a breathtaking woman, and as Aisha in this film she gets to play kickass extraordinarily well while looking hot like she always, here we can see her thrashing down an entire hotel room in her initial brawl with Clay, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character. But then he gives her his trust, you see, she has the resources to get them closer to revenge against the Max fellow they are after so badly, but there is that issue about how much trust the rest of the group can put into her.

The director, Sylvain White tackles this film perfectly, and Peter Berg, someone I consider a high-skilled writer and director, crafts a perfect script for this type of film, it’s a film that knows what it is and has casted it’s actors so perfectly that it feels exactly right, I just seriously wished they had gone for a hard R rating and not this PG-13, I reckon that would have made a movie I could have given a slightly better rating, but nevertheless, this is still a pretty solid film, and if anything, you should go see it just because it has Zoe Saldana in it and she’s gorgeous.

Grade: B

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