April 29, 2010

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The Losers (R)
A group of varily hunky special-forces types fight for their lost honor in The Losers, an explosionstastic bit of action movie fun.

A group of Marines is sent to take out a bad guy compound in Bolivia. But wait, they say as they call in the air strike, there are kids in that target zone. Whatevs, says an evil voice over the com. Our upright band of bad-asses decides that can’t stand and they head over to save the big-eyed endangered moppets. With 10 to one bad guy to good guy shootout odds, our heroes are able to briefly save the day but soon find themselves betrayed by that malevolent voice from the com.

Cut to six months later and our team, disgraced and thought dead by the government that betrayed them, has taken odd jobs in Bolivia: Cougar (Oscar Jaenada), marksman, and Jensen (Chris Evans), computer dude, work in a doll factory; we see Rouge (Idris Elba), hot head, and Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), leader, getting drunk at a cock fight, and Pooch (Columbus Short), mechanical genius, is gloomy about his pregnant wife, who is alone back home thinking he is dead. When Aisha (Zoe Saldana) shows up with tight pants and a complicated plan to get Max (Jason Patric), the man who betrayed them, the team assembles and makes with the helicopter stealing and the explosions.

Do you like your caper movies to have giant magnets that can lift a truck off the ground and sassy girls who fight with big handsome lugs of guys (was Jeffrey Dean Morgan this good-looking in other movies and I just didn’t notice or is it, like, a recent thing?)? Well then here’s your movie. Sexy fighting, fighting fighting, fighting with guns, a guy shooting guys in a building from another building across the street, a plot that doesn’t require a bunch of your attention — The Losers isn’t terribly smart but it’s fun and it makes good use of its comic book origins with over-the-top visuals and occasional references to the frames that originally held the story. B-

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language. Directed by Sylvain White and written by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt (from characters by Andy Diggle), The Losers is an hour and 38 minutes long and is distributed in wide release by Warner Bros.