Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Dune Entertainment, Stephen J. Cannell Productions

Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, QUinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, Gerald McRaney, Henry Czerny

A group of Iraqi war veterans are on the run from the US Military after being framed for a crime they did not commit. It has to do with some stolen currency plates that they recovered, then were stolen from them. Now everyone is after them, and the only thing they can do (after breaking out of jail) is to recover them, and prove that they were framed. But everyone is after them. There is no way to know who they can trust other than themselves, and with this bunch of misfits, who could tell if they are honest with each other. This is based on the 80’s action TV show.

The A-Team is a tribute to the TV show, brought to the big screen. I was never a fan of the TV show and rarely watched it, although my kids watched it every day! Many of the TV shows brought to the big screen were not very well done. From The Beverly Hillbillies, to Miami Vice, to Dukes of Hazzard, they’ve tried and failed time and again. This particular one I think did capture the TV show pretty well. However lengthening it out to feature length didn’t help a lot. Instead of expanding the story by filling in the back story and telling us what’s the heck is going on, they add action, action, and more action. There is so much stuff blowing up here and falling out of the sky and being blasted off the ships that most of the time we don’t know what the heck is going on. On the other hand, I guess that’s what you expect from an A-Team episode, so maybe I’m just out of touch with it. There are certainly some cool sequences. For example, at one point they are falling out of a plan, inside an armored tank, using the gun on the tank to shoot so the recoil would steer them toward a small lake in Russia. The characters are very faithful to the TV show, and casting was pretty decent. The action is grand, even if there’s a little too much of it, and at times it hard to follow. But if you’re a fan of the TV show, I think you’ll be pleased with how they treated it, and if you just love action, then this one is spectacular in that department. If you want story, then there isn’t one here. It could have been much better, but it is what it is.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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