Why does Hollywood keep taking old television series and turning them into feature films? Did they learn nothing from The Beverly Hillbillies debacle? So when I heard that the ‘80s cheesefest The A-team was getting a big screen treatment I waved it off as stupid. But then I read a few negative reviews and was surprised. People didn’t like it, but not because it was a goofy idea, but because it wasn’t serious enough… um, did they watch the original show? So I figured I’d check the movie out and see what went wrong.
The story begins when Hannibal (Liam Neeson) is on a mission to save his pal Face (Bradley Cooper) from the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Along the way he teams up with B.A. Baracus (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) and Murdock (Sharlto Copley). They form a great team that quickly becomes the best of the best in U.S. Military.
But things take a turn for the nasty after the group is accused of killing a General during the Iraq war. Not about to take this lying down the group escapes from their prisons and goes on a mission to prove their innocence. Along the way they have to navigate their way past a mysterious CIA agent Lynch (Patrick Wilson) and the determined intelligence officer Sosa (Jessica Biel). Is there any way for the A-Team to get out of this one?
- Captures the fun spirit of the show
- Our leading men do a good job with the parts
- Has some solid action set pieces
- The plot is a little too convoluted
- The origin story structure slows the film down
- Needed a few more action scenes
This was a fun action movie, just like the show was. It’s got a good mix of humor and thrills to make it the perfect weekend rental. The cast is having a blast and brings a lot of energy to a script that gets a little too complicated for its own good. The use of CG to add scope was a bit disappointing, I would have like to see more stunt driving (a staple of the show), but all in all, worth checking out for action fans looking for a nostalgic blast.
Scores (out of 5)
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