After being betrayed and left for dead, a covert CIA
special forces team decides to go on the offensive.
The Losers (2010)
Directed by Sylvain White
Written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany
Based on characters from Vertigo Comics
It’s always fun watching movies that feature an ensemble cast of various actors before they were even bigger stars. Such is the case with 2010’s The Losers. Based off a comic series and featuring many actors who have become even more famous since its release, this is an interesting adaptation to say the least. Fast paced, full of energy, and a committed cast help make this film fun enough to watch. If only it wasn’t held down by little character developments and a slightly annoying villain. Still, as I’ve stated before, seeing all the actors in this movie is a joy in and of itself.
The Losers doesn’t stop its break neck pace the moment it starts. The movie is filled with exciting action scenes which don’t let up till the credits roll. The other thing which works is the cast. They are fully committed to their characters and bring a ton of energy to the proceedings. Especially Chris Evans. He makes a lot of the best jokes and is a genuine joy to watch anytime he’s on screen. Speaking of performances, let's talk about the main antagonist played by Jason Patric. On the one hand, he chews up the scenery and has a ton of funny lines. On the other, he can get quite annoying and is by far one of the least threatening villains I’ve witnessed on screen. Which leads to my main issue with the film, the writing. Very little is done in the way of character development or even motivations. I spent this whole movie never really knowing what the main villain’s master plan truly was. If they had found a better way to balance out the characters with the action, this would have been a far better movie.
This is a mostly fun movie. The cast is excellent, and the pace is brisk. If only more work had been done as to why the characters are doing what they’re doing, and the villain was more threatening. Still, if you’re looking for something fun to watch on a boring, rainy day, you can’t go wrong with The Losers.