When it comes to action movies, you’ve got your explosions, your car chases, and, of course, your tough-as-nails heroes who can’t seem to catch a break. But where the magic really happens is when you combine all of those ingredients, add a dash of humor and a pinch of intrigue to create a thrilling adrenaline-fueled ride, just like director Sylvain White did in the comic book action movie The Losers, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan. This 2010 American action film is one part explosive thriller, one part comedy, and all parts fun, and you can watch it now on Netflix.
The Losers – starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Evans – is streaming now on Netflix.
Based on the Vertigo Comic series of the same name by Andy Diggle and Jock, The Losers follows a motley crew of antiheroes from which the film gets its name. The group is led by Clay, who is played by Hollywood heartthrob Jeffrey Dean Morgan — an actor with the ability to play characters ranging from swoon-worthy Irish rock stars like William in P.S. I Love You to hate-fueling brutal antagonists like Negan in The Walking Dead.
The rest of the crew is made up by Roque (Idris Elba), Pooch (Columbus Short), Jensen (Chris Evans), and Cougar (Óscar Jaenada).
These Special Forces operatives are sent on a seemingly routine mission to Bolivia, but when they stumble upon trafficked children in the enemy’s compound, they find themselves in a morally complex predicament that leaves them stranded in Bolivia, lacking the paperwork and funds to return home.
Just when they’re about to resign themselves to a life of sun-soaked exile, a mysterious woman named Aisha (Zoe Saldana) offers them the chance to exact revenge on the man responsible for their predicament. As Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Clay and his team embark on their mission to hunt down the shadowy Max, they soon realize they’re in for a wild ride.
One of the film’s strengths is its charismatic ensemble cast. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, fresh from his role in Watchmen (2009), brings a sense of playfulness to his character, Clay, who is a far cry from the grim Comedian he portrayed in the superhero epic.
The film’s plot is a rollercoaster of its own, full of double-crosses, betrayals, and an eco-friendly weapon that’s like a nuclear warhead without the fallout
Idris Elba, known for his roles in various action films, brings his signature intensity to the character of Roque, meanwhile, Chris Evans, who would later become Captain America, adds humor as Jensen, the team’s computer hacker. Zoe Saldana, who has since become an action and sci-fi franchise queen after starring in Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek, and Avatar, underwent extensive weapons and physical training for her role as Aisha.
Like any good action comedy, The Losers doesn’t take itself too seriously. It balances the high-stakes action sequences with witty banter and humorous moments. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s lighthearted portrayal of the group leader Clay to Chris Evans’ portrayal of Jensen adds comic relief to the mix. Evans, in particular, becomes especially lovable as he embodies the sweet tech geek who’s in way over his head.
The film’s plot is a rollercoaster of its own, full of double-crosses, betrayals, and an eco-friendly weapon that’s like a nuclear warhead without the fallout. Led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the Losers are racing against time to stop Max from using these “Snukes” (sonic nukes) to spark global conflict. But amidst all the chaos, The Losers also manages to inject moments of humanity and emotion.
Upon its release, The Losers received mixed reviews from critics. Some praised its blend of humor and action, while others felt it was a bit too over-the-top. Quentin Tarantino, known for his own unique brand of filmmaking, summed it up as “dumb fun,” which, honestly, is exactly the type of content one needs to watch every once in a while.
While the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t exactly glowing, it acknowledges the film’s entertainment value and excellent acting, especially praising Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Idris Elba.
Unfortunately, the mediocre reviews didn’t help this Jeffrey Dean Morgan feature at the box office, and the film bombed. The Losers only garnered $29.9 million in theaters, countering a moderate budget of $25 million. Box office numbers aside, The Losers found a following among fans who appreciated its irreverent take on the action genre and the film has since developed a cult following.
Quentin Tarantino, known for his own unique brand of filmmaking, summed it up as “dumb fun,” which, honestly, is exactly the type of content one needs to watch every once in a while.
In the grand scheme of action films, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s The Losers may not be the most explosive or the most humorous, but it’s certainly one of the most entertaining. It’s a reminder that sometimes, when you’re up against impossible odds, all you can do is laugh, fight, and maybe even save the world in the process. So, if you’re in the mood for a film that’s equal parts action and comedy, gather your own team of losers (or friends), grab some popcorn, and prepare for some “dumb fun” with The Losers.