Review: The A-Team (2010)

15 Jun

The A-Team: ** 1/2 out of 4 stars

Continuing its tirade of remakes of 80’s tv shows and movies, Hollywood busts out its 5th of the year with “The A-Team.” I walked in there tired of seeing the same old, same old and while for the most part it was the same old, same old, it at least managed to keep me entertained with its broad spread of charismatic characters.

The movie “The A-Team” reunites the soldiers of fortune from the tv show, Hannibal (Liam Neeson), Face (Bradley Cooper), B.A. (Rampage Jackson), and Murdoch (Sharlto Copely who had a full recovery after being turned into an alien in District 9). After being framed on a spec-ops mission by a corrupt CIA agent, Agent Lynch, the team ends up at various military prisons, only to bust out and try to get revenge on the people who put them there in the first place.

The film starts out at a breakneck pace, which seemed incredibly forced (especially with B.A. somehow fighting for a car down in Mexico for a reason that is never explained and he haphazardly winds up joining the team), and never lets up. While Capt. Sosa (Jessica Biel) tries to set the tone for the movie by saying, “They specialize in the ridiculous,” they go over the top on more than one occasion, but not quite to the point where I threw the entire movie out the window (ala Shia Labeouf swinging on vines or having no one fall out of a raft that falls down a giant waterfall in “Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Plastic Skull”). There was one part with a tank that was just way beyond believable and just as i was about to say, “You lost me,” the characters brought me back in. The four main actors had great chemistry together and Patrick Wilson who played Agent Lynch did a great job making his character the stereotypical CIA prick. Jon Hamm makes a very brief, unnecessary cameo at the end of the movie, which made me wish he had played the CIA agent, but because I would expect him to have a larger role if he made any appearance in the movie, I think that left it solidly open for a sequel.

While this is definitely not a high-quality film, it will probably be one of the more enjoyable sequels and re-makes that come out this summer. It will not have a lasting value, but its entertainment value can’t be denied, and for the two hours I was there, I did not feel unsatisfied at the end.

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4 Responses to “Review: The A-Team (2010)”

  1. Jeremy Petersen June 15, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    That’s what she said!

  2. Julie June 15, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Like how you ended up seeing it anyways. I knew you would! I still wouldn’t mind seeing it just to see how we would all fit into the a team characters a la it’s always sunny.

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