Sunday, October 17, 2010

DVD--The Losers

or: Ah...the winners?

One word to sum it up: Cool (as).

Even though I am always strangely drawn to adrenaline filled action films and comic book movies (I'm pretty sure like half of my Top 50 favourite movies are action films), I really thought I wouldn't like The Losers. To be honest, the name put me off a bit, and so did Zoe Saldana, who, thanks to Avatar, is now seen to be an international godess. Yeah, she's a good actress, but there's no need for her to walk around in films like she is Megan Fox or something. However, I secretly hoped for the day when I could use the following cliched line to describe the film: "The Losers is a winner!" I think that adequately sums it up.

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-Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short) and Cougar (Oscar Jaenada)-soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross instigated by a powerful enemy known only as Max (Jason Patric). Making good use of the fact that they’re now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha (Zoe Saldana), a beautiful operative with her own agenda and capable of scoring a few points of her own. If they can take down Max and save the worlds at the same time, it’ll be a win-win for the team now known as 'The Losers'.

I really, really enjoyed The Losers. More than a girl my age should, I might add. It has everything the average action fan could want: a really cool direction style which takes some inspiration from the original comic to make it shine; a truly great cast who don't get lost in everything that is happening and actually remember to act; and, well, it's unrelentingly violent, which proved to be a little too much for me, but I'm sure others will absolutely relish in it. The characters are what really make this movie, though. They are all extremely different, which makes for a colourful ensemble which are a delight to watch...even if one or two times I didn't know why they were shooting at someone or blowing something up.

You wanna know why I really enjoyed The Losers? The character of Jensen, who is played by Chris Evans. He is hilarious; a super intelligent nerd who likes role-playing. Trust me, Jensen makes the movie. Of course, the film's success doesn't just lie with a single character, but if you remember anything from the movie, it'll be Jensen. And then you are likely to remember how awesome it is, how mind-blowingly violent it is, and if you're a guy, probably how hot Zoe Saldana is. It's not a movie which breaks boundaries in terms of action films, but it sure is worth the watch.

THE VERDICT: A fantastically made action films which does have a little too much going on, but ultimately satisfies the viewer thanks to a great ensemble cast.


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