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The Losers won me over - sorry, terrible pun
The Losers (DVD)
Member Name: jesperado
The Losers (DVD)
Advantages: Nice visuals, witty banter, excellent cast
The Losers is an action film directed by Sylvain White based on the Vertigo comics of the same name. So, fact fans, here is the main cast:
Clay - Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who also played The Comedian in the recent Watchmen movie)
Roque - Idris Elba (best known for being Stringer Bell in The Wire)
Jensen - Chris Evans (not the talkative ginger one from British TV, the one who was in Fantastic Four and is set to play Captain America sometime soon)
Pooch - Columbus Short (from Stomp The Yard which was also directed by Sylvain White)
Cougar - Oscar Jaenada (not well known in Hollywood yet but has done a lot of work in his native Spain)
Aisha - Zoe Saldana (one of the blue things in Avatar and Uhura in Star Trek - the latter of which makes her pretty cool in my book)
Max - Jason Patric (him out of Lost Boys! But all grown up!)
I'm going to try my best to write about this film without giving too much away so please leave a comment if you think I've included anything too spoileriffic. Although, to be honest, this film is pretty predictable so you can see plot twists coming from a mile off. But, putting that aside for a moment, let me give you a basic rundown of what the film is about:
The 'Losers' of the title are a band of soldiers comprising a sombre knife expert (Roque), a wisecracking technological whizz (Jensen), a family man vehicles guy (Pooch), an enigmatic sniper (Cougar) and their rugged but dependable colonel (Clay). During a mission in the Bolivian jungle they are double-crossed by the sinister Max and are forced to go undercover to get back to America and to finally confront him. They are helped by the sultry Aisha who proves she is every bit as tough as the Losers but may not be quite who she seems. I can't really give away any more about the plot but it is your basic 'soldiers gone rogue' affair with plenty of gunfire, explosions and some sneaky double crossing.
As for the style of the film, it definitely feels like a comic book adaptation with slick fight scenes (with a conspicuous lack of blood - it's a 12A) and some nice visuals, such as the Losers walking Reservoir Dogs-style towards the camera. The shoot-outs have a videogame feel to them with the action slowing down and the camera going close in on the victim. The setup of this film makes it rip for a videogame adaptation and the strong characters could easily translate to this format.
The cast is very strong and put their characters across very well considering the film gives away little about their background. Chris Evans shows real comedic flair as fast-talking Jensen and has some great lines and a very funny scene involving mimed guns and an acapella version of 'Don't Stop Believin'. Jeffrey Dean Morgan elicits sympathy as their colonel of this ailing troupe and doesn't overplay the macho posturing which many actors in this sort of role usually fall into. Despite having very few lines (seriously, he's practically mute) Oscar Jaenada really embodies his role and adds some nice comic touches of his own. Idris Elba nails the hardened soldier character and Zoe Saldana is good as a foxy femme fatale. The only letdown in the cast is Jason Patric as baddie Max - he really underplays the character, aiming for cold and uncaring but landing at nonchalant and apathetic. This is a real shame as he is given some excellent lines and in a more imposing actor's hands this could have been a very sinister part.
I went to see this at the cinema with 2 big fans of comic books and a friend who isn't really into comics or big action flicks and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The banter between the cast is more than enough to keep non action fans entertained and the big face-off towards the end of the movie is definitely enjoyable for those of us that enjoy action movies. The ending of the film definitely left me wanting more and I'd really like to see a sequel of this thoroughly enjoyable movie.
Summary: A good action romp with funny lines and a strong cast although you'll see the plot twists coming