Is there something written that good, enjoyable films have to make sense, be internally consistent and not have dumb continuity gaffes? I hope not, because that perfectly describes my reaction to The Losers, yet another Hollywood film based on a graphic novel. This time it’s from Dark Horse comics and it’s about a group of CIA “black ops” bad boys who are left for dead in Bolivia after what appears to be a drug lord takedown gone awry.
The titular Losers are Jensen (Chris Evans), Cougar (Oscar Jaenada), Pooch (Columbus Short) and Rogue (Idris Elba), let by Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and they have the kind of sarcastic, smart-ass dialog that we’ve long since learned to associate with how tough guys demonstrate affection towards each other. Indeed, so much of The Losers is formula that given the basic premise, I bet you could write the script too.
What makes the film work is that the story is actually interesting, the plot twists make sense and are even occasionally surprising, and the commanding screen presence of Zoe Saldana (who plays tough-girl Aisha), fresh from her success in Avatar, highlights the performances of the entire cast.
The story is reminiscent of many films of this genre — and doubtless The A-Team will feel much like this too when it is released — but I have to admit, I laughed, I admired some of the action scenes, and I enjoyed myself. It’s not a great movie by any stretch, but if you enjoy action films, it’s a rollicking, non-stop 98 minutes of cinema.