The Losers

2010

The Losers

Critics Consensus

The Losers is loud, fast, and unrelentingly violent -- but it's also funny and well-acted, which will make all the difference for some action fans.

48%

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Total Count: 164

54%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 144,538
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Movie Info

Director Sylvain White adapts the Vertigo comic about a team of mercenaries who wage war on the CIA after they're double-crossed in the field and left to die. Clay (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Jensen (Chris Evans), Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), and Cougar (Óscar Jaenada) were on a black-ops mission in the Bolivian jungle when rogue CIA agent Max (Jason Patric) hung them out to dry. After beating the odds and surviving their ordeal, the team decides to strike back against Max even if it means sacrificing their own lives to do so. Aiding them on their treacherous suicide mission is sexy operative Aisha (Zoe Saldana), who has her own reasons for wanting to see Max get his just deserts. But getting to Max won't be easy, because in addition to having the CIA on his side, he's about to spark a war that could plunge the entire globe into chaos. Their time quickly running out as Max's plan kicks into overdrive, the Special Forces unit that everyone assumed dead arms themselves to the teeth and prepares to strike back with a vengeance. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Mark Ginther
as Goliath Guard
Daniel Kalal
as Goliath Guard
Colin Follenweider
as Goliath Guard
Garrett Warren
as Goliath Guard
Rey Hernandez
as Armored Car Guard
Evan Miranda
as Lead Chryon Guard
Noel Estrella
as Indian Thug Leader
Gunner Wright
as Jet Pilot
Robert Slavonia
as Mr. Anderson
Debbie Ann Rivera
as Mr. Anderson's Secretary
Kirk Sullivan
as Transport Helicopter Pilot
Marcos Davila
as Thug on Bus
Alanis M. Salinas
as Little Girl at Compound
Manuel O. Velazquez
as Boy With Teddy Bear
Thomas R. Nunan III
as Pentagon Official
John Galindez
as MiG Pilot
Rafael Lopez Diaz
as Short Indian Scientist
Norman Grant
as Delivery Room Doctor
Krissy Korn
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for The Losers

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (37)

  • Just endless stunts. Dispiriting.

    Jun 3, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Only the strangely coy approach to violence (deaths are nearly all offscreen), leaves an odd aftertaste, but not enough to taint the big dumb fun.

    May 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's like being given the finger for 90 minutes.

    May 28, 2010 | Rating: 1/5
  • It isn't half bad: unmemorable but fast and flashy, and less bloated than the kind of action number that keeps John Travolta in Lear jets.

    May 25, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As an action fix to hold you before the summer explosions start, you could do worse than The Losers. It's no more than an efficient time-killer.

    May 14, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It was comic booky enough that I just enjoyed it.

    Apr 26, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Losers

  • Jul 25, 2013
    Action packed and over-the-top, The Losers is an entertaining revenge thriller based on a cult comic book series. When a U.S. Special Forces unit gets burned by a black-ops CIA agent, they team up with a mysterious woman who offers to help them get revenge and clear their names. There's not much originality to the story, but its familiarity works in the film's favor as it plays to the tropes that are expected in an action movie. The cast is fairly strong, and includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, and Idris Elba. And, the humor plays pretty well; setting a lighthearted tone that offsets the violence. Additionally, the action is a lot of fun, and is staged in elaborate, exiting sequences. There are some problems with The Losers, but it's an entertaining popcorn flick.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2013
    This loosely-based DC Comic has stylized action that's a good vibe throughout the film, but falters on several occasions. The Losers' fast-paced tempo doesn't allow the audience to fully grasp the background of each character. The overall simplification and predictability of the script also is a let-down with an uninspiring and somewhat nixed-chemistry amongst characters, although it does have a decent twist to the story. Overall, the film is an excitement that you'd only want experience once and only once. 2.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2012
    "The Losers" is most certainly an action film that is pretty much just that but contains humor and never takes itself too serious, which could have destroyed this film had it done so. This is a film you throw in when you just want to sit back and enjoy some big explosions and a little humor mixed in for good sport and it certainly accomplishes this with plenty of style. The actors all do a solid job of giving enough depth to their characters in order for us to care about their lives and what they stand for. All in all, this isn't the next artistic masterpiece or even close but if you are in the mood for a good and fun action film you won't be disappointed.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2011
    In "The Losers," Colonel Clay(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) leads a black ops unit into the jungles of Bolivia for a milk run. Just to prove that nothing is ever that easy, they spot children in the compound that they just called in for a bombing run but Max(Jason Patric) overrules their objections. In the face of danger, they rescue all of the children. Tragically, they die in the helicopter shot down and the soldiers are presumed dead. In the meantime, they decide to lay low. At least, Clay gets lucky when he encounters Aisha(Zoe Saldana). Strangely enough, the foreplay is not as stimulating as the briefing she gives on her plans for getting revenge on Max. Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Jock, "The Losers" visually resembles its source material down to a classic gag while also following the general outline of the comic book. However, instead of a gritty tale of revenge, intrigue and betrayal, for some odd reason, the movie takes the sentimental route because nothing says bad ass like cutesy. Even with a heinous body count, the movie is an F-bomb, cockfighting and a discreet sex scene away from your average Disney movie. There are many attempts at comedy that mostly fall flat due to everybody's timing being off which could be explained by the abundance of slow motion. For example, Chris Evans just comes off as annoying. And I won't say anything about Zoe Saldana except that she is woefully miscast.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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