The Losers (Contains Spoilers)

This is probably the only graphic novel-based film that I’ll be likely to see this year that I won’t have previously read the original graphic novel. Which, now that I’ve seen the film, seems a bit of a shame because I truly enjoyed the film, which likely means that the graphic novel is just as entertaining! I don’t know why I haven’t decided to read The Losers before, as it seems like something I would most likely enjoy reading, but I decide that I liked the look of the film enough to just go ahead and see it without waiting to read the graphic novel first. As such, it means that whatever storyline, twists and shocks in the storyline of The Losers made it more interesting to watch rather than reading the graphic novel prior to seeing it and then expecting any parts of the story (that’s assuming that the storyline is the same in both…).

Essentially, I really enjoyed the film. If you’re in the mood for seeing a film with the perfect amount of brilliant action, hilarious comedy and story twists in equal measures, then The Losers ticks all the right boxes, if that’s what mind-set you’re in. The storyline, for those who have not read the graphic novel (like myself…) or don’t know much about it, The Losers follows a group of elite CIA black-ops agents, each with their own trademark talents. The start of the film see’s the mission they are on go awry, and when their assassination attempt goes wrong and ends in the death of a group of children instead of them, they’re left for dead in the jungles of Bolivia to plot their revenge on the man who ordered their hit in a way that only they can!

The team themselves is a mixture of personalities, each of which plays an important part. Jeffrey Dean Morgan does a great job of playing the Colonel of the group Clay – a gritty and hardened leader who makes calls when he needs to. He does a great job of playing the hard-ass (as already proven by him playing The Comedian in Watchmen last year), but also get some decent action time on-screen and can deliver some cool one-liners too. The main story obviously focuses more on him as a character, what with him being the leader of the team, along with Zoe Saldana (the main blue lady from Avatar – not that you’d recognise her from that, obviously!) playing Aisha, the teams ticket home with her own plans of revenge on the man who ordered their hit, Max (Jason Patric). The two of them have a decent back and forth, until the twist in the story that (for the most part) turns an already questionable relationship completely around, and it’s this relationship between them that keeps the story that much more compelling.

Other characters from the team include the silent but awesomely cool Cougar (Oscar Jaenada), the teams long-range Sniper who can do amazing things with just one bullet, Roque (Idris Elba) and Pooch (Columbus Short). But, the character that completely and shamelessly steals the movie is Jensen, played by Chris Evans (who, coicidentally, has now been drafted in to play Captain America very soon…). Why does he steal the show, you ask? He gets ALL the best lines, the best comedy, and some of the coolest scenes in the film! Ranging from lines like “That’s right, bitches. I got a crossbow.” and killing people magically with the power of his mind, to the different T-shirts he wears in every scene, Jensen is the character that flat-out makes The Losers what it is. The best example of this is the scene of him breaking into an office building, starting off by singing Don’t Stop Believin’ at the top of his voice and ending with him being cornered by three guys with guns and convincing them he has telekinetic powers by shooting them with his fingers. This last bit of the scene, coincidentally, is one part I have read from the graphic novel and the cinematography is taken straight from the panels of the book, which I personally thought was a great shot of zooming in on Cougar in another building through him making the “OK” sign to him. Without a doubt my favourite scene of the film!

I think that there were perhaps only a couple of places in which The Losers didn’t quite make the mark. Firstly, in the scene right before the credits start rolling where the team conduct a covert operation to get Pooch into a building that turns out to be… a hospital. So he can be with his wife when she gives birth to his child. For one thing, it’s a hospital, so it’s a public facility, so why not just walk in? Ok, they’re all classified as dead, but why would they check that if you’re going to see you’re wife? And secondly, why the hell does she not rip him a new one for not being around for nearly six months when she was the one who was sure he WASN’T dead? It’s one thing to be forgiving, and another to be totally placid during childbirth and seeing your husband for the first time in six months! Ok, the film itself isn’t meant to be realistic, obviously, but this was really dropping the ball. Secondly, the film ended a little too easily, after Max has nearly created entire world chaos and Clay has stopped it by catching the bomb trigger and pushing a button BUT I suspect this is mostly because there are more books and so this isn’t exactly the end.

All in all, I thought The Losers was a completely enjoyable film, even though I have yet to read the graphic novel. Again, though, this probably added to my enjoyment of the film as it made it newer and fresher that it would likely have otherwise been. I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you want something cool and funny at the same time!

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1 Comment

  1. Hey Drew – great reviews! Always love them, and so do my firends. Great to see the good work carrying on. Well done and keep it up.


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