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If you’re a fan of team-oriented action-comedies, 2010 was a banner year. Before Fox’s big-screen version of the ’80s TV show “The A-Team” blasted onto screens, there was Warner Bros.’ “The Losers” to set the stage. Based on a comic book of the same name, the movie didn’t make much of a dent at the box office, but that’s definitely not because it wasn’t a funny, action-packed, and generally entertaining movie, because it was easily all those things. If you were one of the people that missed it in theaters, here’s your chance to catch it at home when “The Losers” becomes available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download on July 20, 2010 from Warner Home Video.
An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search-and-destroy mission. But the team — Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar — soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross instigated by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Making good use of the fact they?re now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max.
Like things blowing up? Fun characters? A little dash of comedy with your automatic weapons? “The Losers” will supply all that.
Sylvain White’s film is not to be taken seriously. Oh sure, there are a couple of serious moments here and there, and Jason Patric’s Max borders on being “so good it’s insane”, but generally speaking, “The Losers” wants to entertain you first and foremost. It does that quite well, with strong performances from Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the head of the Losers, Zoe Saldana as the sexy vixen with a past, and a pre-“Captain America” announcement Chris Evans playing the goofball to everyone’s straight man.
My biggest gripe with the movie from the very beginning is its ending: the film assumes it’ll get the chance to wrap up its loose ends with a sequel, and you know what happens when you assume. There’s something so unnatural (not to mention overly presumptuous) about leaving a film with its primary storyline completely unresolved, which is exactly what “The Losers” does. As the saying goes: “Tomorrow is promised to no man.” And neither are expensive Hollywood movie sequels.
Other than that? “The Losers” is 90 minutes or so of pure mayhem and fun, and if you missed out on it in the theaters, get it on DVD. Heck, even if you already saw it in theaters, get the DVD anyway. It’s most definitely re-watchable.
Blu-ray Combo Pack Review:
“Zoe and the Losers”: 5 mins. All about Zoe Saldana and her character. In a word: everyone loves Zoe. Can’t say as if I disagree.
“Band of Buddies: Ops Training”: 16 mins. The guys learn how to play badass special forces soldiers; shooting in Puerto Rico; and what goes into shooting all of the film’s crazy action scenes.
“The Losers: Action-Style Storytelling”: 10 mins. Original comic book creators Andy Diggle and Jock talk about the original comic book, aka how two pale Brit guys learned to write a violent comic book about evil CIA types.
A First Look at Batman: Under the Red Hood
13 mins. Get an in-depth look at the making of Warner’s latest animated direct-to-DVD superhero movie, “Batman: Under the Red Hood”, due out later this month.
Did I say “scenes”? I meant “scene”. As in, one deleted scene. It also happens to be a SPOILER.
[spoiler]The deleted scene features Chris Noth, playing “Max” (apparently Jason Patric is either dead or has been replaced in the storyline), talking on the phone with the traitorous Rogue, who is apparently NOT dead at the end of “The Losers”. I haven’t a clue if this is supposed to be something from a possible sequel, or just a tacked-on scene that the filmmakers just decided not to use.[/spoiler]