August 8, 2010
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Director: Joe Carnahan
Writers: Joe Carnahan/Brian Bloom/Skip Woods
Producers: Stephen J. Cannell/Spike Seldin/Tony Scott/Jules Daly/Alex Young
Starring: Liam Neeson/Bradley Cooper/Quinton Jackson/Sharlto Copley
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 117 minutes
Don’t you just love it when a television adaptation comes together? Well, there might be a chance you’ll like this. The A-Team is yet another movie among the piles of adaptations and remakes Hollywood has offered us and, while there’s a good cast, gunfights and explosions, the movie doesn’t really deliver a big bang. The A-Team starts off very well as it automatically jumps into action whilst introducing us to the characters and how they all met each other along the way. Years later, the US Military suspect the team of committing a crime and so they set out to clear their names while Military tracker, Charisa Sosa, tries to find them. There’s a very good solid cast used in The A-Team such as Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper and while you can’t really fault the acting, there were times in the movie when you felt like their talents were wasted. The action scenes and the stunts were done brilliantly and, while you may find some of the action scenes a little unrealistic, it serves a purpose as being a mindless action movie that kills a couple of hours.
The A-Team’s downfall is its runtime, writing and dialogue. The story is quite entertaining in some places, the script was full of lines trying to make you laugh constantly and so, you couldn’t take the story so seriously. Also, the runtime for The A-Team is too long at two hours as you could have easily cut a few scenes from the movie and you wouldn’t miss anything important or entertaining. The A-Team may have some cheesy cliché action scenes and it may have been slow sometimes but it has its moments. There were a couple of memorable action-packed scenes in the movie but there was nothing that amazed you. The A-Team fails to stand out from other action movies that we’ve had this year. While this does follow the story of the television series, the movie very strongly reminds you of the action-packed 2010 movie, The Losers, which I would deem the better movie over this. I can’t say whether you’d like The A-Team or not if you’re a fan of the television series as I have only seen odd episodes here and there. However, what I can say is, if you like a good mindless action movie that occupies your mind for a couple of hours, go and see this.