Time Out says
Only when they arrive, the baron is using children as mules. Their handler, Max – the puppet master – orders them to strike regardless. Refusing, they come under attack from their own side, and presumed dead, disappear off into hiding promising payback. All the usual soldierly suspects are here: motormouth geek, family man, taciturn shooter, the really hard one – played perfectly decently by Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada and Idris Elba, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the colonel. There’s even a hot chick, Zoë Saldana, who handles weapons like a trooper, sometimes in her knickers.
‘The Losers’ never stretches any of these stereotypes or hazards anything that might confound its audience. When the plot turns – as it inevitably must – to Max amassing a nuclear arsenal, we’re told he purchased them from ‘the ‘multinational-maker-of-everything’. Funny, but it’s a reminder there’s nothing new going on here. All of which might leave fans of the comic hankering for its foul-mouthed fatalism – when the prospect of going after the CIA gave one soldier the ‘squirrelly shits’. Here, it’s more like dude, where’s my AK?
- Release date:Friday 28 May 2010
Cast and crew
- Director:Sylvain White
- Screenwriter:Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan
- Zoë Saldana
- Chris Evans