An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centres around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Now presumed dead, the group makes plans to avenge themselves and clear their names, joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. The Losers stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) as Clay; Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as Aisha; Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) as Jensen and Idris Elba (The Wire) as Roque, in an incredible action adventure that has to be seen to be believed!
This film starts off as four guys gambling around a table with their favourite weapons as collateral, which is a simple yet effective way of representing the kinship these gentleman have for one another. I know, men are weird. It’s when Jeffrey Dean Morgan enters the screen that they become all business, killing bad guys and saving hostages.
The losers are a group of men who are hired as professional military experts and are soon betrayed by the illustrious Max, getting them supposedly killed in a helicopter accident. There chance for revenge though comes in some tight little shorts as Zoe Saldana plays Aisha who is set on killing Max and has the financial means to do it. Although skeptical of Aisha, the team of good guys choose to trust seeing her as a means to an end.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is one of my favourite action hero actors currently, from watching him be a role model to Sam and Dean Winchester in Supernatural to robbing Robert De Niro blind in Heist. I never made it far enough in The Walking Dead to see his performance as Negan but I’ve heard that his performance was killer. In this film his character Clay is no different, a dark and deadly man with a deep passion for his friends, who will beat up a woman and set fire to a hotel if he has too. You do not want to piss off a Jeffrey Dean Morgan character because he will only ever play bad ass personas.
The other team members of the losers is Chris Evans who plays the joke for every occasion Jensen, Idris Elba plays the grumpy Rogue, Columbus Short plays the soon to be father Pooch and Óscar Jaenada plays the parkour running sharpshooter Cougar. You’ll find that each of the characters aren’t very fleshed out background story wise but each have an individualistic quirk that makes you feel slightly invested in their outcome before the film ends.
The charm of this film unlike expendables that uses all it’s budget on big explosions, comes from it’s one line jokes and banter between either the villain and his henchman or between The Losers and tag along Aisha while they’re chilling out between killing sprees.
It’s definitely not a film you should be taking seriously and one of the moments that will remain with me for a very long time is Jensen killing security guards with his mind or flashing ladies in an elevator… guess it depends on your preferences. This film also has a great dumb henchman moment that exceed other action parodies.
One thing I will say about this film using Black Betty by Ram Jam at the beginning, brilliant choice and then having Jensen sing Don’t stop believing as a deterrent to stop anyone from wanting to join him in an elevator… superb.