The Losers 2010

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Members of an elite US Special Forces Unit are sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission but are the target of a lethal betrayal by Max. Presumed dead, they make plans to even the score. They must remain deep undercover while tracking the ruthless Max.

Starring:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan,Zoe Saldana
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Sylvain White
Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana
Supporting actors Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Tanee McCall
Studio Optimum Releasing
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
In a more just universe, The Losers would have done the kind of business the disappointingly shoddy Expendables did and kickstarted a series, but in this one it pretty much came and went unnoticed in the US and was a complete box-office disaster just about everywhere else. Which is a shame, because it's a terrific comicbook action movie that manages to be stylish without being incomprehensible and delivers satisfying action scenes even if it's not in the business of offering surprises. The Losers aren't superheroes but a modern-day A-Team who get set up after taking out a Bolivian druglord on his home turf and, as mercenaries for hire, try to make enough money to get back to the States, find the mysterious Max who `killed' them and deliver some payback. Not exactly rewriting the action movie playbook, it's true, but this does it with wit and panache in a globetrotting plot (well, Bolivia, Dubai and some of the lower American states) that belies its relatively low budget and makes its ensemble of hardboiled wisecracking heroes worth rooting for.

Coming off Avatar, Zoe Saldana's mystery woman who hires them got most of the geek publicity, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan, coming across as a combination of George Clooney and Robert Downey Jr., is a charismatic lead who manages to be convincingly hardboiled without being unlikeable, with Chris Evans' techno-nerd, Columbus Short's one-who-wants-to-get-back-to-his-family who ticks all the deadmeat cliché boxes, Idris Elba's constantly threatening one and Oscar Jaenada's sniper who's main characteristic is his hat rounding out the team. But the big surprise of the film is Jason Patric as the kind of guy who has so many evil plots going at the same time he can't keep track of who he's set up or killed.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 May 2010
Format: DVD
So, the eponymous 'Losers' are a unit of disavowed, left-for-dead soldiers, betrayed by their government in an effort to cover up their morally dubious actions in Bolivia. They swear to wreak havoc on the man that betrayed them, an agent known only as "Max" and they will have their revenge, even if it requires the ultimate sacrifice.

Jeffery Dean Morgan (Watchmen) plays 'Clay', the Loser's squad leader with great effect. He has a perfect combination of surly mannerisms and boyish charm to really fill the character out. Chris Evans (The Torch out of Fantastic Four) is also a notable mention, both of the guys are veterans on the comic-to-film scene and provide solid performances. The rest of the crew are decent actors and they really have some decent camaraderie on-screen building the humour.

The Losers is another one of the seemingly conveyor belt-fed graphic novel movie adaptation franchise. However, it is starting to feel like they are scraping the barrel for worthy conversions as I hadn't heard of the Losers at all before this movie, and I read comics. But don't let this dishearten you, there is not much to pick-up, no reams of back-stories; just good old fashioned action and comedy.

The story is very predictable but it doesn't take itself too seriously so you can easily sit back and ignore the plot-holes or the unnecessary locale jumping (Dubai - Miami - Delhi - Houston: all in a 5 minute sequence!!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Goody on 1 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Most films are defined by what they are. Avatar is over-long, over-blown nonsense with some pretty spectacular 3D set pieces. Toy Story is ludicrously engaging for a tale of action figures. The Wild Bunch is the nihilistic death rattle of the western whilst Hostel is just plain nasty. Normally when you start talking about what a film lacks, you are pointing out what is wrong with it. the Transformers films lack stories or characters to flesh out the pulverising CGI. Cars lacks the emotional credibility that typifies the rest of Pixars work. What is best about The Losers is what it isn't.

Lets start with the plot. Our protagonists are a team of special forces who are double crossed in Bolivia and set out for revenge with the help of a mysterious benefactor played by Thandie Newton. As you'd expect for a film like this, each member of the team has a special skill. You've got a sniper, a computer whizz, a knife man and a driver. In fact the characters don't go much deeper than that. It doesn't bother trying for Batman Begins levels of back story - which means it doesn't have the kind of dull first hour that wrecked The Expendables. The guys got a rifle, he's going to shoot at something a long way away, what more do you need to know?

The film has a sense of humour with some snappy lines, but it doesn't engage in the kind of over the top, sub-Tarrantino word play that makes you feel you've been cornered at a party by a smug bore. It lacks any drawn out emotional dilemmas that feel like they been stuck in to convince the lead actor that this is more serious than their previous work - as if people go to Jean Claude Van Damme films for the soliloquies. In The Losers if someone has a tough choice then they might grimace for a second, but then they make the decision.
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