April 28, 2010
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I’m surprised by how good this movie is. I was expecting a simple quick and painless action/comic book movie, what I got was much more. I’m buying this for sure.
The Losers is about a team of mercenaries who get framed on a mission and end up stuck in Bolivia. The plot of the film is how they a) get back to America b) kill the bad guy and c) clear their names. The plot is obviously cookie cutter, which could lead to a mediocre movie at best. But instead, each actor finds humor and humanity in their characters. I’m a big Chris Evans fan and I’ve been becoming a fan of Columbus Short and Jeffrey Dean Morgan over the last year or so. The biggest surprise is Jason Patric’s Max, who walks the fine line between campy-kooky, and true villain.
Every actor brought their A game, including Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba. As the credits rolled, I noticed Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Hancock) helped write the script, it shows. In a good way, this is classic Peter Berg. One scene in particular incorporated Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” being butchered by Chris Evans’ character only to have it be played over the brief chase scene afterward. I look forward to seeing how awesome Evans’ will be as Captain America, Marvel made a good choice on that one. All in all, this is a solid action movie with clever comedy and some great action sequences. If you liked The Italian Job with Mark Wahlberg, you’ll like this. 3.5 out of 5 stars.