A-Team Movie

Posted: June 11, 2010 in Movies
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The original A-Team series (1983-1987) was about a group of Vietnam veterans who helped people in need. They were on the run from the law for “a crime they didn’t commit.”

The movie begins in Mexico where Hannibal, Face, and B.A. get their own introductory scenes. Hannibal and Face apparently are on some mission to fight a drug lord, and B.A. is just there. B.A. and Hannibal meet by chance in a real dumb scene that was completely uneccesary, they should have just known each other. They rescue Face and then meet Murdock for the first time. Here we get the orgin of B.A.’s fear of flying. Apparently they’re all in, or back in the military now. (B.A. was previously discharged over “some bullshit.”)

Anyway 8 years “and 80 missions” later they’re in Iraq, sent on a mission to retrieve stolen plates used to make counterfiet U.S. money. They get set up to look like they stole them from themselves. They’re sent to seperate jails but escape and seek to clear their names (In the TV show, it was revealed that in Vietnam they were sent on a mission to rob the Bank of Hanoi, and got screwed over in a similar manner).

They have two groups after them, one led by CIA agent Lynch (in the TV show he was a Colonel in charge of capturing the A-Team) who wants the plates for his own purposes. The other is Captain Sosa (Jessica Biel) an old flame of Face. These two groups overlap and conflict with each other as they try to find the A-Team. (I think they’re never called the A-Team but I could be wrong) Sometimes this got confusing, especially early on.

Liam Neeson plays Hannibal spot on as the man who always has the plan and come out on top in all situations. Bradley Cooper is the con-man/player face, who looks good for the ladies. Shartlo Copley (Of District 9 fame) plays Murdock, who is truly insane and brings the funny.

UFC fighter Rampage Jackson plays a great modern day B.A. Baracus. He doesn’t have the gold chains, but wears the mohawk well and has PITY and FOOL tatooed on his hands. He says fool a lot too. His fear of flying and banter with Murdock bring some true laugh out loud moments that the audience enjoyed a lot. You’ll never believe this but the character has a tiny bit of depth too. In prison he becomes a man of peace, which conflicts with his formal nature and the mission to clear his name. Half way through he even considers not having the mohawk.

Like the TV show it has a low body count, I think only two real characters die. It was pretty faithful to the series as far as I can remember. The A-Team van is only in the beginning, and gets destroyed. However it couldn’t have been used anyway as the plot takes them around the world. All in all it was actually better than it needed to be.

And of course it leaves room for a sequel. The end has the TV shows opening narration, “If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, The A-Team.”

8.25 out of 10

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