What’s great about movies like “The Losers” is the lack of intelligence required to enjoy them. You want to see action? Watch things blow up? Then these losers are your men. But don’t expect anything truly amazing for your 10 bucks.
When a group of elite (and rather unorthodox) Black Ops agents go to Bolivia for a mission, their superior decides they know too much and orders them assassinated. Stranded and presumed to be dead, they decide to seek revenge against the faceless man that made the order, Max (Jason Patric, in a lifeless envisioning of the original comic-book character). With the help of a mysterious beneficiary (Zoe Saldana, “Avatar”), they get going.
The movie’s pace is scattered and chaotic, much like the plot. Still, it’s hard not to like a movie with snarky dialogue, a smart-ass tech guy (Chris Evans, “The Fantastic Four”) and lots of sex appeal. Perhaps Saldana gets a bonus every time she takes off her clothes, but it certainly seems to be a recurring theme in her film choices and “The Losers” is no exception. Still, it adds to the sex and violence that make movies like this one so enjoyable.
Villain Max has great lines, but actor Patric just seems to suck the life out of them all. I don’t know if they were going for dry humor, but they came up with a fistful of sand on this one. Still, Jeffrey Dean Morgan shines as Col. Clay, the leader of the clan, who’s pensive but sarcastic and can seriously hold a grudge. He’s the only one of the crew you could really see kicking people’s asses, though, and he’s definitely not afraid to hit a woman. Spanish actor Óscar Jaenada makes a nice segue into American cinema as Cougar, the cowboy hat-wearing “quiet one” who makes for good fun. Roque (Idris Elba) and Pooch (Columbus Short) round out the rough and tumble gang as the cynic and the family man, respectively, and add a nice dynamic to the screen.
While the sequences are unbelievable and the terrorist plot is ridiculous, “The Losers” does have some twists that you don’t (quite) see coming, and the humor is integrated well enough without overtaking the action. The mix of fake and fun works, though, just enough to make the movie worth seeing again.