Review: ‘The Losers’

With an unfinished story all over the place, watching The Losers interact with one another is as much fun as the actors appear to have had making the actual film itself.

Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is the man in charge of “The Losers,” a special ops group way off the radar. When a glitch in a running operation is encountered, Clay tries to call it off, but an operative heard over the radio calling himself “Max” (Jason Patric) refuses to pull the plug. With collateral damage done and their own deaths presumed, the team is trapped overseas until they’re offered a deal by the mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana) to get home and get even, but how far can they trust her?

With team names like Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar (and played by Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada), you know it would have to be inspired by a comic book. Never having read it, there’s are always bits left out and history that you won’t have the benefit of, but there’s so much that seems to be missing from this story intent on setting up a sequel that it barely holds together. Fortunately, the “team” is entertaining enough to fill that void of plotlessness and makes for a fun if ultimately forgettable time.

First and foremost, this is a guy movie. Even Zoe Saldana is little more than a prop next to these testosterone-filled asses who spend most of their time terrorizing one another. The rest of the time is spent looking bad ass by firing the perfect shot, making the perfect move, or just getting lucky as all hell (hey, it doesn’t hurt your survival percentages being among the heroes.) Not to be outdone, Max is every bit as crass as “the guys” if not more so; he could probably have been one of them if things had worked out differently.

With a plot loosely written around some whacked idea of a “green nuke” (total destruction, no harmful after effects) and, of course, good old fashioned getting even, after a while it just doesn’t seem to matter. The editing is too tight to make it look made up on the spot, so the actors have done a great job portraying a close group of operatives who know one another well enough to predict what’s they’ll do next. The outtakes during the credits are more of the same (although they’ll seem contrived considering where Saldana’s character ends up), but that’s just more plot getting in the way of the entertainment, perfect for a Saturday matinee before forgetting this film ever actually happened.

(a two and a half skull recommendation out of four)

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