Sexy people making things go boom? Yes please.
First off, let it be known that I never read the DC Comics series "The
Losers." So, when I was lucky enough to receive screening passes to see
Warner Brothers screen adaptation, all I went on was my gut instinct that I
would be seeing a decent action film. And as tends to be the case, my sense was
The film opens up mid-thought in Bolivia featuring our cast of characters in the heat of a CIA operation to take out a troublesome drug lord. Our "Losers" are Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Cougar (Oscar Jaenada) and Pooch (Columbus Short), all equipped with their own areas of expertise to go along with their catchy code names. But not even their special op skills can prepare them for what happens; in the blink of an eye their operation is turned upside down by a mysterious man named Max (Jason Patric) and they are left as fugitives without passports, stranded in Bolivia trying to figure out their next step.
Guidance is provided by Aisha (Zoe Saldana), a sexy, volatile stranger who presents the opportunity for revenge courtesy of her curiously endless bank account and personal interest in Max’s demise. As the story progresses, we see lots of beautiful warm-weather locations (which were all filmed in Puerto Rico), heart stopping explosions, and some hilarious scene stealing courtesy of our future Captain America Chris Evans; though generally speaking the characters do not develop very deeply and the audience is left confused at points because of the fast paced cutting.
However, the fact that the pace of the action in “The Losers” is non-stop is a definite benefit if you’re a fan of things that go boom and the suave people that pull the trigger. The actors, expecially Jeffrey Dean Morgan, are excellent at emphasizing how damn cool their characters are, and while never getting to tread to deeply into their psyches, we grow an affinity for these "Losers" - surely the studio's intention as there is room left for a sequel.
I personally enjoy good popcorn films every so often, so for me this is a great diversionary flick to tide you over until Iron Man 2 comes out. Check it out without expecting anything too deep, and you'll come out happy. (ok, that's what she said!)