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The A-Team

The A-Team (2010) – Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking.

I should begin by mentioning that I have not seen one episode of the television series on which this film was based.  But I will say that this film has tons of explosive fun and from what I hear from people who have seen the television series, the characters stay true to who they were on the show.  This big-budget summer film delivers a lot of action, comedy, and just enough nostalgia to satisfy true fans of the series.  And for those of us who haven’t seen the show, this film doesn’t confuse its audience in any way.

Liam Neeson plays Lt. John “Hannibal” Smith, originated by George Peppard, to perfection.  From the super cool cigar to the impeccable ease he oozes, Neeson was the perfect leader of this new A-Team.  His trusty pal Templeton “Face” Peck, played by Bradley Cooper, was also perfectly cast.  Cooper played the metrosexual pretty boy who loves to tan and take care of himself, and yet we still believe that he can kick anyone’s ass whenever he wants to.  And, for the ladies in the audience, his amazingly chiseled body is on full display for most of his time on-screen!  UFC’s Quinton “Rampage” Jackson plays B.A. Baracus, originated by Mr. T, and also does a good job.  And Sharlto Copley shines in his role as James “Howling Mad” Murdock.  His character was the perfect comic relief and received a lot of laughs from the audience in my screening.  And I have to mention Patrick Wilson as CIA Agent Lynch as well.  He was sneaky and conniving and he did a great job in a role that he really has never had a chance to play, the villain.

The story is the same as the series; a group of Iraq War veterans seek to clear their names after being committed of a crime for which they were framed.  The explosions were massive.  The action was awesome.  And the situations these guys find themselves in are ridiculous.  This is everything a person could ask for in a fun popcorn summer flick.  Basically director Joe Carnahan has pulled off what Michael Bay has always failed to do: film a movie with huge explosions that isn’t dumbed down too much and is actually enjoyable.  Hopefully this film will bank at the box office, and if it does it will be like Hannibal says in the film, “I love it when a plan comes together.”  So this weekend there should be no “Plan B.”  Go watch The A-Team and have a great time!  Filmtastic review = 4 1/2 stars.

  1. belinda
    June 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

    I have avoided all listings on this movie so I can go watch at the movies. I really am excited to see it. I hate Rampage and that is a huge turn off but i can set my differences aside to watch a BA movie.

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