HOLLYWOOD—“The Losers” is far from that after all. This film is ZoÃ« Saldana’s foray since the epic creation and success of “Avatar,” much like “Clash of the Titans” was for Sam Worthington, her “Avatar” leading man. Obviously the role is almost as physical as her turn as a blue inhabitant of Pandora. However, fans will see a much sleeker and more fun side to ZoÃ« as Aisha. She is the epitome of a tough woman who knows how to protect herself and is placed in danger with a bunch of losers, or so the film’s title would have you to believe.
Warner Bros Pictures says of the story, “A tale of double cross and revenge, centered upon the members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team —Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar—find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they’re joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.”
The film also stars Chris Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and handsome and talented Jason Patric as Max. It’s great to see the studio pout a solid actor in Patric alongside some of Hollywood’s up and comers like Morgan and Evans.
I found this film to be a MacGyver meet the Misfits. The film notably focuses a lot of attention on the character Aisha and for good reason. The action film star has an almost hypnotic and comedic-style that is a lot of fun to watch. Director Sylvain White and screenwriters James Vanderbilt and Peter Berg have a quick-witted amount of humor without the boring storytelling that most action films today seem to be caught up in. It’s not going to be a blockbuster and it’s not going to win any awards, but it’s a fun film that moves in a positive direction and a fun ending that you can see coming, but still remains entertaining.
“Losers” gets Three and a half of Five Stars. It opens on Friday, April 22, in theaters around the nation.