Monday, June 28, 2010

The A-Team (2010) - MOVIE REVIEW

Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel
In Cinemas: Now

"I love it when a plan comes together"

Yep, another movie adaptation of an 80's TV show. Producers, Ridley and Tony Scott, responsible for films such as Top Gun, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster and many more, have resurrected an absolute classic TV Show in The A-Team. They have teamed up with director Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) for the unenviable task of making a smash hit out of the show that rocketed Mr. T to fame. Unfortunately for the studios, it has received mixed reviews and absolutely flopped at the U.S box office. Don't let that fool you though because this is a great movie. It is just so much fun.

My point of view is from an 80's baby that actually has not seen a full episode of the original series. Yes, I know, shame on me. I knew the characters and can hum the theme song but don't know enough about the show for me to compare it to the movie. That's probably a good thing because I just took this movie for what it was. A light hearted, action packed movie with so much comic relief its almost a comedy. There is so many explosions and action scenes that you could probably talk to your friend in the cinema for about 80% of the movie and nobody else will hear you. If I was the friend I'd probably punch you right in the mouth though.

The movie begins with the beginning... Less than 5 minutes in, we are thrust into the mission that brought the 4 together. Then, fast forward 8 years, the team goes on the mission that ultimately gets them thrown in Jail and discharged from the US Army. They become fugitives after they escape from prison. This follows the same basic premise of them being "soldiers of fortune" that act on the side of good and help the oppressed in the TV series.

Keeping in mind that I know only a little about the original characters, I thought the 4 guys in the reboot did a great job to hold up their end of the bargain. Copley (District 9) played an excellent "Mad Murdock". Liam Neeson (Taken) is brilliant in just about anything he does and same goes with his take on "Hannibal" Smith and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) puts in an almost Hangover-esque performance as "Face". Smooth and funny yet not trying too hard. MMA champ, Quintin Jackson was always going to have a tough task filling Mr. T's shoes as "B.A" Baracus. He didn't fill them, but he was close. He wasn't as edgy as Mr. T or nearly as scary. He'd still beat the crap out of me, surely but he just wasn't Mr. T. Still though, he was good enough that I enjoyed his performance. "I'm BA, and you're gonna be unconcious".

Even if this is nothing like the TV Show, it is worth paying to see.

Check out the trailer

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