Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Losers (2010/I)
A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.
Firmly rooted in the comicbook style, this frantic action film is a good deal of fun to watch. Part of the pleasure is the awesome cast, who play up the team spirit and fun as they go about their business. Yes, it's silly. Sure, there's plenty of goofy moments. But there's nothing wrong with that. Surprisingly violent for a PG-13 movie these days, it still ended up being a bit more tame than I'd have liked. It's an R rated story, if that makes sense. The editing is a touch too choppy, and there is the usual overuse of hand-held camera. But all in all, a solid action movie with plenty to please fans of the genre.
I'm not going to write some artistic review and slam this movie because it won't win an oscar. I would if this movie took itself seriously, but from the opening scene it doesn't. It's just a fun action flick that is well worth a bucket of popcorn. There is well-acted comedy here with a string of one-liners well above most action flicks. Yes the action is cheesy at times, but it's supposed to be and is still good. The entire cast really pulls this one off. A really fun 2 hours.