6/09/2010

Movie Review: The A-Team (2010)


As a kid, I've wondered what the "A" in the television series "The A-Team" stood for. Now, I know it stands for "Anti-Sex and the City"-- its testosterone overload matches the glitz of the female franchise.

The 2010 movie incarnation of The A-Team struggles right off the gate with incomprehensible dialogue and confusing sequences, but it eventually settles down and rocks the house once the team of Col. Hannibal (Liam Neeson), Face (Bradley Cooper), B.A. Baracus (Quinton "Rampage" Jackson), and Murdock (District 9's Sharlto Copley) comes together. The action sequences are blockbuster material and the chemistry between the team members is near-perfect.

Like the 1980's show, the film revolves around the unorthodox tactics the team employs to achieve its objectives but the story and environment have been updated for the 21st century (e.g., the team is composed of Iraq war vets instead of Vietnam vets). Being a popcorn flick, expect over the top action that just aren't plausible.

The A-Team is a fun watch and the characters (especially Copley's "Howling Mad" Murdock) are a joy to see on screen. Like the schemes in the film, "The A-Team" comes together very well.


Rating: 4/5


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