While the show that inspired this feature film never became a part of my “TV on DVD” library, the trailers for the big-screen update do make one curious, so with hopes to enjoy a night of laughter, I did rent this one. Basically it’s worth it.
The A-Team (2010) Film Review
Rangers in the U.S. Army share a kind of “brotherhood.” This is what Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson) counts on when, unbeknownst to him, he hijacks another ranger’s van in order to save his comrade. Having just escaped custody of his captors, Hannibal isn’t happy by the idea that he now must run headfirst into danger, again. But that is exactly what he and his new recruit (Quinton Jackson) do.
Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Bradley Cooper) finds he too is in a bit of a bind when he’s caught in a, let’s say, compromising position. In a desperate attempt to dodge the men hot on their trail, the three pick up a psyche ward patient, Murdock (Sharlto Copley) who’s their ticket to freedom. And with that, the elite “A-Team” forms.
Months later the men of The A-Team hear of a mission that at all costs needs to be stopped, in spite of their CO (Gerald McRaney) asking them to sit this mission out. Regardless, they make preparations with no “plan b” and set out to accomplish it. When it goes horribly wrong, the Iraqi war vets are accused of crimes they were set up for. Adding into the mix is Face’s ex-girlfriend, Lt. Charissa Sosa (Jessica Biel), and a high-ranking CSI agent (Patrick Wilson).
A way to “kill” a couple hours never looks so fun as it does in this blockbuster. This happens to be one of the most entertaining popcorn flicks; with so many details to the plot, there isn’t a dull moment. If there is one thing that that is a flaw, it’s how each of the four or five main characters receive an introduction. It’s harried without explanation. Perhaps this can be tied to being unfamiliar with the original show. Still, considering the sort of movie this turns out to be, somehow, we forget.
The plot is actually clever enough to hold interest without being an insult to anyone’s intelligence. Often times, the action sequences do tend to overwhelm, and sometimes, the film looses its footing because chaos rules the better parts of the plot. Most the time, the stunts and/or schemes characters concoct are so unrealistic that they could only come from the streets of Hollywood, but it doesn’t matter because they are ingenious (in a cinematic-blow-your-mind kind of way), and we have too much fun to care.
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Though a little hard to get into, it’s the entertaining shenanigans that make the story so likable; mishaps, shouting, and hilarity always ensues. They go from breaking out of prison (in a tanning machine, no less) to using a tanker to fly! Because of all of the “loudness,” the dialogue tends to muffled, which proves annoying when we have to strain to hear conversations. For the first ten to fifteen minutes the dialogue also translates to screen in subtitles because it’s Spanish.
I’d recommend this, so long as you’re a fan of the genre. Like I said, the show is not a part of the equation but I read that it pays homage to its eighties counterpart. Physically, the cast suits their predecessors well, and if you let the credits play, there is a fun cameo. The humor is what makes the majority of the script so hilarious, and memorable. Setting itself up nicely for a sequel should it ever come about, but things end with enough closure to be satisfactory. No matter what, this is one entertaining flick that earns a re-watch now and then.
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There are dozens of gunfights or hand-to-hand combat scenes; characters receive threats, gunshot wounds and other violent acts during them. There are two explosions. Machine weapons are pulled out without thought, planes explode in the air. S**t, d**m and numerous other profanities are exclaimed; even two near uses of “mother f…” is used. Some mild sexual innuendo plays into the script. [Face has a fling with a married woman.] Also there are two crude “finger” gestures. The film is PG13.