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With: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany, Peter Macdissi, Peter Francis James, Tanee McCall
Written by: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt, based on characters created by Andy Diggle
Directed by: Sylvain White
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language
Running Time: 98
Date: 04/22/2010
IMDB

The Losers (2010)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Trouble Team

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard), The Losers has brisk, breezy energy of a good "B" movie; the pace never lags and the action -- with the help of lots of tongue-in-cheek slow-motion footage -- looks terrific. The cast is immensely likeable, and they all seem to click with one another, forming a tight-knit group whose camaraderie is infectious. It helps that the movie kicks off with the group charging into a danger zone to rescue 25 innocent kids.

After a routine mission goes terribly wrong, a five-man CIA special ops team, led by Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), is left for dead in Bolivia. Worse, they have discovered that the mysterious, evil "Max" was in charge. Stranded and out of options, they choose to trust newcomer Aisha (Zoe Saldana), who promises to return them to the U.S. in exchange for the death of Max. The downside is that Max is very highly protected and virtually unkillable. Worse, hardly anything is as it seems, no one can be trusted, and the Losers must rely on their heaviest firepower just to survive.

Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada make up the rest of the team. Jason Patric turns in an interesting, offbeat performance as "Max," the elusive and powerful villain, relishing his terrible acts and looking forward to a world wiped clean by war weapons. To be sure, the violence in the movie is strong, but still remains securely in the comic-book realm (the movie is based on a 2003-06 comic series). A non-explicit sex scene and some infrequent strong language round things out; it's a sturdy movie for teens.

Warner Home Video released a DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack in July of 2010. The picture and sound are gorgeous, even if the extras are scant. There's one 45-second deleted scene, and three short featurettes. The biggest featurette is a preview for the new animated Batman video release. It also includes a digital copy.