The movie, based on DC’s Vertigo comic series, is about a group of mercenaries who are sent to Bolivia on a search-and-destroy mission. The objective a giant richman’s compound. It was to be a simple. Acquire the target, have the plane river bomb the hell out of the target and get out. One hang up: 25 school children are at the target site.
The mercs race in to save the children and let’s put it this way, it doesn’t work out and they are all left for dead. Betrayed by their boss, the mercs come from ashes to exact vengeance. They are THE LOSERS.
While I sat and watched THE LOSERS. I was reminded back to the days when action movies were funny, loud and one of the best times at the movies.
Lethal Weapon dynamic duo of Murtaugh and Riggs (like: C’mon Roger, dont be a kill joy! We’re back! You’re black and I am mad! Do I get a gun? No!) to Die Hard’s John McClane arguing with terrorist Hans Gruber (like: Who do you think you are John Wayne? I was always particular to Roy Rogers, myself. Yippee Kay Yay, Motherfucker!), hilarious banter is as much to a great action film as the stunts and set pieces.
THE LOSERS celebrates action-comedy banter and then some. Co-written by Peter Berg, this is one seriously hilarious piece of writing. The sarcastic and situational comedy is priceless here. Sure you have senseless violence, one of the craziest man-woman fights ever (disguised as foreplay) and one of the most callous bad guys ever but this is an action movie based on a comic book. The violence, however real it looks, is comedic and brilliantly executed.
I loved stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen), Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) each in their own way owned their roles.
Morgan is the stoic hero and the polar opposite to what he was in Watchmen but shows why this guy is one of Hollywood’s quickest rising leading men.
Zoe is lovely and lethal in her role and who in their right mind doesnt want to watch this girl use a missle launcher and kick Morgan’s ass.
Chris Evans once more steals the show here as the funniest of the group of mercs. There is one scene where he disguises himself as a bike messenger that is so funny it has to be seen to be believed. I do love Chris Evans. Evans may have stole the show but he wasn’t the only one with great banter this time.
If Chris Evans is the funniest of the mercs. Jason Patric’s villain is definitely the funniest of the film. There hasn’t been a villain this funny and egotistical since well, Hans Gruber. Yes he is brutal, shooting a woman for messing up his umbrella, but it does reflect this world and the black humor being displayed here.
My only complaint about the film was the ending. We love these characters and sure we want to see more of them but I hated the egotistical “let’s leave it open for a sequel ending!” Let’s say they never make one. Then we will never see an ending to any of the conflict in the film.
This is one great time at the movies if you are an action fan!
4 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer.