Monday, June 21, 2010

A review of "The A team" movie.

The A Team

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley

Writers: Brian Bloom, Skip Woods, and Joe Carnahan

Director: Joe Carnahan.

**’s out of four

The A team follows a long line of remakes from TV. shows to the big screen. Instead of doing just a longer version of the famed television show. This one is more of an origins story that explains how the four got together and ultimately became outlaws. I never watched much of the show when it was on TV. but the few episodes I watched were kind of entertaining. It reminded me of “Mission Impossible” meets “MacGyver”. The action scenes and the story of this remake were just ways of letting us watch this fun cast together and nothing more.

In this story the team is a highly decorated elite combat unit who does many missions for the government. Col John “Hannibal” Smith(Liam Neeson) is contacted by C.I.A. agent Lynch(Patrick Wilson) to steal some confederated money plates from Iraqi insurgents. However after the mission is completed the plates are destroyed and the team are sent to prison for appearing to only get the plates for themselves. Hannibal manages to escape him and the rest of the team in order to help clear their names.

(Photo: 20th Century Fox)

I loved watching this cast together and really wish there would have been more scenes that feature them all at once because they have good screen chemistry. Sharlto Copely steals the show as the risk taking , crazed minded Murdock and he holds many of the great moments. Quentin “Rampage” Johnson is a great B.A. Baracus because he has the great rage that Mr. T had in the original show, but adds a subtle level of humanity to it as well. Liam Neeson as “Hannibal” and Bradley Cooper as “Face” looked like they didn’t have to put much effort into their characters. The only parts they were good in was when they were with the other team mates. The action was o.k. but at times it looked like it had been cut by Michael Bay. The romantic subplot between Charisa Sosa (Jessica Biel) and Face should have been completely removed. I understand wanting to get more of an audience to see your movie but there was no slightly believable way that these two characters would fall in love with each other in that short of time span. The scenes with the tank in mid air were more believable than that.