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The Losers (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 23 April 2010 (USA)
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A CIA special forces team are betrayed and left for dead by their superiors, galvanizing them to mount an offensive on the CIA.

Director:

Sylvain White

Writers:

Peter Berg (screenplay), James Vanderbilt (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Clay
Zoe Saldana ... Aisha (as Zoë Saldana)
Chris Evans ... Jensen
Idris Elba ... Roque
Columbus Short ... Pooch
Óscar Jaenada ... Cougar (as Oscar Jaenada)
Jason Patric ... Max
Holt McCallany ... Wade
Peter Macdissi ... Vikram
Peter Francis James ... Fadhil
Tanee McCall ... Jolene
Mark Ginther ... Goliath Guard
Daniel Kalal Daniel Kalal ... Goliath Guard
Colin Follenweider ... Goliath Guard
Garrett Warren ... Goliath Guard
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Storyline

A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team-Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war. Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los perdedores See more »

Filming Locations:

Arecibo, Puerto Rico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,406,348, 25 April 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,580,735, 20 June 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Columbus Short has appeared as the younger brother of two of his co-stars in previous films. Idris Elba in This Christmas (2007), and Zoe Saldana in Death at a Funeral (2010), both of which featured Loretta Devine as the (somewhat overbearing) family matriarch. See more »

Goofs

When Jensen goes to the Goliath Enterprises building, a woman enters the door right after him. In the next shot Jensen is already at the main desk when the woman enters the door. See more »

Quotes

Aisha: I was born in a desert place. War was my only mother. As a child, I moved through the battlefield and slit the throats of screaming Russian boys. I firebombed my first tank when I was twelve years old and machine-gunned the crew as they fled, burning.
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Part of the closing credits are seen in a montage of "The Losers" artist Jock's artwork (some original, some from the source comic). See more »

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Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: The Expendables (2010) See more »

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Tear the Place Up
Written by Skin (as Deborah Ann Dyer), Martin Ivor Kent, Richard Keith Lewis & Mark Richardson
Performed by Skunk Anansie
Courtesy of One Little Indian Records
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a guilty Saturday-afternoon pleasure
26 April 2010 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

The Losers isn't a movie I can recommend outright as a really fantastic example of its genre, far from it. It has some logical gaps, especially towards its ending with the character resolutions (or lack thereof), and the use of slow-motion in the action scenes already dates it to an extent by its 'Hipness'. But it's also got just the right attitude, humor and energy to get by as what I might call a 'Saturday afternoon' quickie. This is the kind of flick that a guy would watch when he should be doing something else around the house or something. It's tough and unapologetic and a little too slick to be anything else than what it is. I enjoyed The Losers against my better judgment.

The premise and follow-through is kind of predictable, as it's about a group of elite fighters (think the A-Team) who get double-crossed by a rogue CIA agent and find a possible entry point with a mysterious woman to get back at him and clear their names. We see who will probably betray who, or what twists might occur, and sure the BIG WEAPON (in caps) that is used by Max (played with a cartoon character debonair by Jason Patric) is so preposterous as to be wholly entertaining. But the cast is up for playing these parts with every ounce of fun and excitement in the material, and I liked seeing the camaraderie between Morgan, Evans and Elba (the latter really coming into his own as a star), and Zoe Saldana shows off again how she's becoming a formidable talent in Hollywood films.

It's a hard movie to always defend for its plot inconsistencies, but it works in its own lets-just-play-it-loose logic. And sometimes the actors just cut loose, which is nice; seeing Chris Evans somehow inject life into using 'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey in an espionage scene is one of the most brilliant things of the year (if only because, simply, how could you use that song again after the Sopranos). And when it comes time for the BIG action set-piece at the end, it gives a good dose of what action movie fans look for: plausible implausibility, some gritty violence (albeit PG-13, it's still pretty intense), and a few real surprises in the course of events, for better and worse. I can't stress enough that it's not a particularly high achievement in its sort of movie. But for what it sets out to achieve, it does alright, which is enough sometimes.


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