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The Losers - Movie Review

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An Elite Special Forces unit is sent to target a Bolivian drug lord, but when they see a group of children, used as mules, entering the compound, they attempt to call off the strike. Their CIA point man, Max (Jason Patric, The Alamo, My Sister"s Keeper), refuses to back down, however, so the team, led by Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Watchmen) engages the enemy on the ground, rescuing the children while accomplishing the mission. Moments later their joy is turned to horror as they see the helicopter meant for them destroyed with its precious cargo. Stranded without any identity, Colonel Clay"s unit will fight back as 'The Losers".

Help arrives in the guise of a beautiful stranger, Aisha (Zoe Saldana), who after seducing Clay, offers her help to sneak the Losers back into the US if they will do a job for her – get Max. No problem for the Losers since that is what they want anyway. Next thing you know, they emerge from coffins flown into Miami and begin to implement their plan for revenge. However, things are not what they seem on several fronts that make the twisty-turny adaptation by Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt a great deal more fun than it could have been.

The action in The Losers is first-rate, with director White delivering truly imaginative, innovative, and unexpected thrills that are a rung or two above most action films. While there"s some very clever dialogue sprinkled throughout the film, what holds The Losers back is the lack of a coherent plot. Yet, even with the flawed plot The Losers is, surprisingly, a lot of fun. It won"t be winning any screenplay awards, but it does deliver its action promises.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan excels as the stubbly Clay, balancing his moral fibre with macho posturing and forming an electric pairing with the sizzling Saldana. Their stern and sultry endeavours are refreshingly counterbalanced by the mandatory comic relief, which comes in the geeky form of Chris Evans. As Jensen, he is responsible for the funniest sequences in the movie including a botched attempt to seduce Aisha and an undercover break-in that incorporates the best ever use of the song 'Don"t Stop Believing". Jason Patric, the forgotten man of Hollywood, is an absolute revelation as Max. His comic timing as the cartoonist, psychopathic baddie is a joy to behold, ensuring that you hiss at him and laugh with him in all the right places.

Watch The Losers if you loved The A Team. There is never a single dull moment in this film, making it quiet a paisa vasool entertainer.

Director: Sylvain White

Cast: Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Jason Patric

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