The Losers is a movie bunched into one of the great weekends of movie releases in May 2010. Its part of the massive comic book adaptation wave that we are seeing since the likes of Batman Begins and Iron Man really brought them back. It even stars a Watchman in Jeffrey Dean Morgan an Enterprise crew member in Zoe Saldana, and Captain America/Lucas Lee himself; Chris Evans!
I’m Captain America, B*tch
It meekly tries to fool us all in the first few seconds acting like a serious patriotic comic movie, but quickly disintegrates into what it really is: a movie about a rag tag group of military operatives called “The Losers” (ooohhhh, THAT’S where they got the movie title!) trying to clear their names after being framed and thought dead at the direction of Max aka “the voice on the radio”. Throughout the movie we get a guy named Pooch driving and hot-wiring random vehicles, a strange frequency in knives used both threateningly and non threateningly, a Ford Pinto, and Chris Evan singing Journey. Beginning to end it’s a simple, fun movie. You could classify it as an action comedy very easily; a caction or comaction or acmedy or….(somebody stop me, please!) It has a great cast, an easy story, and a bit of a budget so it’s obviously not a tent-pole blockbuster, but it’s far from bad.
We managed to get Pooch a helicopter with a giant magnet, yet we are reduced to a Pinto? Yes, I am ashamed to be seen in an “American classic”
As mentioned before, the cast works well. A few names with recent big movies (Watchmen and Star Trek) to carry the advertising (and in theory, the movie) combined with one guy who was obviously using this movie as a way to break out into stardom….and the three to five others who have gone relatively quiet since. Now, this may come off as being negative, but the comic relief of Evans alongside a few hints of comedy from The Comedian and just the sheer awesomeness of Cougar go a long way for me.
I want to stress that I did love this movie, and it’s in the same league as approximately 10 others for me that can be watched on endless loop and I won’t complain one bit. Unfortunately, it is not up to par with Die Hard or The Dark Knight and the like. At the same time, I don’t know what it could do to hit that mark as it is already plenty fine for me (you know how some movies as awesome and near flawless to you, but just not as good as your favorites? That’s where I’m at.)
That said, I am scouring my memory of this movie for something to qualify it for a second beer. What I come up with is Max. I suspect the comic fans know him but I’d still appreciate something. I mean, even The Expendables created a small back story for Bruce Willis’s “Church” in a two minute window. It would be one thing to omit this if Max was just a generic bad guy, but there is obviously more to him given the condition of his left hand.
Just shoot me, please. I have no back story and a random hand injury that is not and will probably go unexplained. I don’t even know who I am since “Max” is only a codename!
Like I said, love this movie I did, watch it over and over I could, but among the long lasting greats it is not. Since The Losers wasn’t something in line with Batman, Superman, or any of The Avengers, it doesn’t have an immense comic lineage to stay loyal to. In fact, it is comparable to A-Team in terms of how action movies go, but is smaller and crosses over into comedy even more. Do you need to be a fan of comics or have even heard of The Losers to like it? No, because I didn’t and I love this movie.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a shot: every time Chris Evans’ Jensen tries to lighten the mood
Take a drink: every time something explodes