Thursday, April 22, 2010

THE LOSERS - Pulp Action Flick

THE LOSERS (fantasy action)
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Chris Evans and Óscar Jaenada
Director: Sylvain White
Screenplay: Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt
Time: 105 mins
Rating: * * (out of 4)

Saldana, Evans, Morgan, Short, Elba and Jaenada in THE LOSERS

PREAMBLE: The title of this movie may actually be a fair warning and disclaimer. And if you are still game to catch The Losers, then I guess you won't be bothered much about its ridiculous script that so often crosses the border to Stupidity, or the
inane dialogue.

And if what counts for you is the action - accompanied by the Coke and popcorn, then you will find The Losers an unpretentious, testosterone-charged flick that you would wanna see with the boys - when there ain't no game on the teevee.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? There's this bunch of five US Special Forces guys with silly nicknames like Clay, Jensen, Rogue Pooch and Cougar (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, and Oscar Jaenada respectively) who are
betrayed by a baddie called Max (Jason Patric) and left for dead after botched mission in Bolivia.

Left stranded in that godforsaken country, the five get high-paying jobs as consultants to the Bolivian military! Scratch that. Of course, I am joking. The guys need to take REVENGE and helping them do that is Aisha (Zoe Saldana), a mysterious hot babe with her own agenda.

HITS & MISSES: Director Sylvain White thinks he knows what every hot-blooded action fan wants and he gives them incredible (and incredulous) fighting action every 10 minutes or so. When Clay meets Aisha at the pub and takes her back to his digs, they strip down and beat the heck out of each other - as foreplay!

Of course, as in every action flick, there's the bent-on-world-destruction plot - and here it is about someone building a 'green bomb' that causes maximum destruction with minimum damage to the planet! (Go figure that out, guys). As expected, the lines are real lame, the acting is below par but Saldana puts on quite an array of eye-candy. Thankfully, White spares us the gory and bloody scenes - especially of maimed children - and does not take himself seriously.

THE LOWDOWN: A pulp action flick adapted from the comic books!


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