Friday, September 28, 2012

The A-Team (2010) Review:

What's loud, energetic, and full of wisecracking military professionals? The A-Team of course! What's better than recreating the origins of the famous four that were falsely accused? That's what director Joe Carnahan does with this story and does it well may I might add. There are two major forces that make this movie great.

First is the cast. All the cast members know what their character's personalities are like and mimic them perfectly. Almost every time when the camera is focused on the fabulous four, there is always something comedy- like going on. The screenplay is so well thought out, one could almost think that it was taken from an actual A-Team episode back in the 80's.

Templeton "Face" Peck (Cooper) &
 Hannibal Smith (Neeson)
Liam Neeson who plays the cigar gnashing Hannibal Smith is a good choice. I still don't understand how someone can have a hankering for smoking one of those doorstops but it makes it all more believable. Next in line is upcoming star Bradley Cooper who portrays Face, Templeton Peck; yup he's the ladies man. There is no other option here. Cooper knows how to lay the charm on the women. He's fluent in French, that's a win right there!

Cpt. James "Howling Mad" Murdock (Copley)
& B.A. Baracus (Jackson)
After that is Sharlto Copley who plays Howling Mad Murdock. Boy is this guy the laughs of the outfit. He may not have as much history as an actor compared to the others but his impression of Murdock's character is superb. I knew this even before seeing the movie because of the trailer. "He tried starting an ambulance with a defibrillator....", just watching that segment made me realize Copley was the man for the part. Last but not least is Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who plays B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus. He may not be Mr. T but as a portrayal of Mr. T's character, it's as good as it comes! He even has "PITY" on one hand and "FOOL" on the other; that looks like a tribute to me.

The other thing that makes this movie great is the way the action sequences were executed. The action sequences may not be realistic or probable but they are ultimately creative in every sense. I don't recall watching a movie where a group uses a tank to soften their landing into a fishing bay. It's an interesting & exciting concept.

To put it into perspective, Joe Carnahan's version of The A-Team is well put together and full of energy. The cast captures the spirit and personalities of the 80's TV Show characters. To finish it off the plot gives a modernized twist on its original story, which makes it all the more fun to watch.

Points Earned --> 10:10

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