Losers
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Losers

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Director: Sylvain White

Cast: Sylvain White, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana

     
 

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Director Sylvain White adapts the Vertigo comic about a team of mercenaries who wage war on the CIA after they're double-crossed in the field and left to die. Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (See more details below

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Overview

Director Sylvain White adapts the Vertigo comic about a team of mercenaries who wage war on the CIA after they're double-crossed in the field and left to die. Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), and Cougar (Óscar Jaenada) were on a black-ops mission in the Bolivian jungle when rogue CIA agent Max (Jason Patric) hung them out to dry. After beating the odds and surviving their ordeal, the team decides to strike back against Max even if it means sacrificing their own lives to do so. Aiding them on their treacherous suicide mission is sexy operative Aisha (Zoe Saldana), who has her own reasons for wanting to see Max get his just deserts. But getting to Max won't be easy, because in addition to having the CIA on his side, he's about to spark a war that could plunge the entire globe into chaos. Their time quickly running out as Max's plan kicks into overdrive, the Special Forces unit that everyone assumed dead arms themselves to the teeth and prepares to strike back with a vengeance.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Opening with a shocker of a sucker punch and puttering out with an unsatisfying anti-climax that doubles as a shameless sequel tease, director Sylvain White's The Losers manages to maintain a satisfying sense of energy and style for most of its running time, yet comes off as too restrained and undistinguished to make a real impression. Roughneck mercenaries Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), and Cougar (Óscar Jaenada) are on assignment in the Bolivian jungle when they are betrayed and left for dead by rogue CIA operative Max (Jason Patric). Their names tarnished and their families devastated, the floundering team finds an unlikely ally in the form of Aisha (Zoe Saldana), a mysterious beauty who offers to smuggle them back into the United States and give them the opportunity to settle the score with the man who set them up. Of course, planning a war against the CIA and actually waging it are two very different things, and when the team attempts to capture Max things don't go as well as they had hoped. But in addition to being incredibly resourceful, the Losers are also remarkably persistent. Now, as Max attempts to get his hands on the next-generation weapon of mass destruction, Clay and the team gear up for the one mission from which they might not return. True to its roots, The Losers offers scene after scene of implausible action presented in grainy, hyper-saturated frames that mimic the colorful look and feel of a comic book. For a first-time action director, White knows where to place the camera to get the most out of a shot, only occasionally falling back on frantic cinematography and gimmicky editing in order to maintain a sense of high energy. Screenwriters Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt dash off most of the characterization in snappy one-liners and playful banter, efficiently instilling the quirky mercenaries and their genius nemesis with flashes of personality while constantly setting their sights on the next action scene. It's a tactic that prevents the film from ever becoming stagnant or boring -- and each of the actors is most certainly up to the task. With his persistent five-o'clock shadow and grizzled attitude, Morgan is a standout as the team leader who's seen more than his fair share of action; Evans gets plenty of laughs as the comic relief; and Patric seems to relish his role as a sharp-dressed sociopath who would just as soon kill his henchman than send them packing. In fact, the only place Berg and Vanderbilt make a serious fumble is in the final confrontation, which is already in your rearview mirror just as you think you've spotted it on the horizon. A brief pair of epilogues stay in step with the lighthearted action by ending the flick with a few laughs, but they fail to make up for the fact that nothing concerning the main storyline has really been resolved. Perhaps if the filmmakers had been up-front with their intentions to create a multiple-film story arc à la Kill Bill 1 and 2, it would be understandable that they would choose to end The Losers on such an ambiguous note. As it stands, there's no guarantee that audiences will flock to the film in numbers big enough to guarantee a sequel, quite likely leaving us with a single film that has the feel of an uncompleted puzzle instead of a fully satisfying picture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
UPC:
0883929106660
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
14,791

Special Features

Band of Buddies: Ops Training; Intensive training sessions by military advisor and ex-navy seal Harry Humphries; Close-up look at the intense action sequences; Transforming Puerto Rico as a stand-in for several global locations; The Losers: Action style storytelling; The Losers writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock on how they developed the hugely popular original comic series; Deleted scene; Sneak peak - Batman: Under the Red Hood; Get a first look at DC universe's new original animated movie; Plus: Zoë and The Losers; How Zoë Saldana held her own and relished mixing with the adrenaline-junkie guy cast

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Actor,Clay
Chris Evans Actor,Jensen
Zoe Saldana Aisha,Actor
Idris Elba Roque,Actor
Columbus Short Pooch,Actor
Óscar Jaenada Cougar,Actor
Jason Patric Max
Holt McCallany Wade,Actor
Peter Macdissi Vikram
Tanee McCall Jolene
Peter Francis James Fadhil
Mark Ginther Goliath Guard
Daniel Kalal Goliath Guard
Colin Follenweider Goliath Guard
Garrett Warren Goliath Guard
Rey Hernandez Armored Car Guard
Ernesto Morales Nabil
Evan Miranda Lead Chryon Guard
Noel Estrella Indian Thug Leader
Gunner Wright Jet Pilot
Robert Slavonia Mr. Anderson
Debbie Ann Rivera Mr. Anderson's Secretary
Kirk Sullivan Transport Helicopter Pilot
Marcos Davila Thug on Bus
Alanis M. Salinas Little Girl at Compound
Manuel O. Velazquez Boy With Teddy Bear
Thomas R. Nunan Pentagon Official
John Galindez MiG Pilot
Lindsey Sutton EMT
Alan J. Trudeau EMT
Rafael Lopez Diaz Short Indian Scientist
Norman Grant Delivery Room Doctor
Krissy Korn Referee

Technical Credits
Sylvain White Director
Sarah Aubrey Executive Producer
Aaron Auch Associate Producer
Luis Lopez Baquero Set Decoration/Design
Peter Berg Screenwriter
Stuart M. Besser Executive Producer
David Checel Editor
Erin Cochran Art Director
Chris Derochie Animator
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Christoph Fisser Co-producer
Kerry Foster Producer
Akiva Goldsman Producer
Magali Guidasci Costumes/Costume Designer
Venus Kanani Casting
Scott Kevan Cinematographer
Adam Kuhn Co-producer
Sarah Meyer Associate Producer
Richard Mirisch Co-producer
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Aaron Osborne Production Designer
John Ottman Score Composer
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Joel Silver Producer
Enid Soto Set Decoration/Design
Vera Steimberg Makeup
James Vanderbilt Screenwriter
Mary Vernieu Casting
Dominique Borrell Vlimant Makeup
Carl L. Woebcken Co-producer

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