As I have made many recent visits to the The Roxy theater, seeing many, varied films, one movie preview caught my attention and had me anxiously awaiting its opening. With taglines such as "Anyone else would be dead by now", and "You don't give them orders, you just turn them loose", "The Losers" had my attention. I thought it was based on a graphic novel of the same name, but found out it is actually based on a short-lived comic book series.
The movie starts with much promise as we are introduced to a very small, yet elite CIA black ops team. The team is set-up and left for dead by someone high up in the CIA who we know only as Max (played by Jason Patric). This very diverse group is composed of Roque (Demo and Tactical), Pooch (Transpo and Heavy Weps), Cougar (Long-range Eliminations), Jensen (Comms and Tech), and the leader Clay (Operational Control). Most of the actors playing these roles are not household names, though Jeffrey Dean Morgan, playing the lead role of Clay looks eerily similar to Javier Bardem. You should remember Bardem from his well-deserved Academy Award winning performance in one of my favorite movies, 2007's Academy Award winner "No Country for Old Men." And I could NOT for the life of me get Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis out of my head as I watched the actor who played the role of Roque (Idris Elba).
One recognizable face (et. al) to most of the males in the audience is Zoe Saldana. This very lovely actress had a busy 2009 as she starred in the "Star Trek" re-boot(which I HIGHLY recommend that you run down to your local Family Video and rent, even if you are a non-Trekkie). Zoe also starred in the top grossing movie of all-time, last year's blockbuster "Avatar". Shame on you if you are one of the few people who DID NOT see "Avatar" while it was in theaters. Even with some of the bigger, better television sets with HDTV combined with a blu-ray disc, this movie will almost assuredly lose some of its luster watching it on the "small screen" in your living room.
Maybe my favorite role in "The Losers" was played by relative unknown actor Chris Evans. Chris plays the part of Jensen and provides comic relief in many of the scenes he is in. We will see more of Chris in the future as he had been pegged to play the role of Captain America in the movie of the same name.
One of the things for me when it comes to rating a movie is the "believability factor". And "The Losers" failed this test in many ways in my opinion. The premise (kind of a poor man's "A-Team") was good, and as stated earlier, the movie started with a lot of promise; however, the movie goes in some different directions that I believe were unwarranted (including setting up the possibility of a sequel). Unfortunately, this movie is one of those films whose previews are better than the main event.
Doc's advice for this film: Two eyeballs