For one, the director has brought the well known premise of the series to the present. Hannibal's crack commando unit must pull out all the stops in order to clear its name, in an adventure that at times offers absolute top entertainment. You could say the plot is kind of a cross section of the five years the series ran, if you omit the recurring missions the mercenaries entered into. Joe Carnahan is the director behind this gem and I have to say, after watching Smoking Aces, I wasn't convinced he could pull this off. Patrick Wilson and Brian Bloom, as potentially shady characters related to the A-Team's troubles, steal every scene they're in.
This time, it's nowhere near good enough. Vietnam has been replaced by Iraq and the bad attitude of Bosco Baracus is not the only thing that makes the foursome dangerous: the happy-go-lucky stance of a team that rarely asked for enemy casualties has been replaced by an attitude that better suits a group of elite soldiers. The four are arrested and tried under military tribunal, stripped of ranks and sent to separate incarceration facilities. Of the foursome, the easy stand-out is Sharlto Copley's jittery, crazy-eyed Murdock, who manages to steal the scene whenever the camera lingers on him for more than three seconds. But like a comedy that never stops pitching jokes, content if only half of them stick, The A-Team pitches action, action, action, with a side of action and a little action to wash it down.
There is even a reference to Dwight Shultz's the original Murdoch character on Star Trek The Next Generation as the name Reginald Barclay appears in the credits of a movie the characters watch. Dwight Schultz was always in perfect manic form and Dirk Benedict was most likely born for the role of Face. The cinematic equivalent to a Big Mac: ridiculously bad for you, and part of you wishes you hadn't, but you still enjoyed the hell out of it anyway. The A-Team, against all odds, is one extremely entertaining film. The cast has great fun working with the pleasantly unlikely adventures and the story is in good tradition - full of references to the 80's hit series it is based on.
Who really stood out for me was Sharlto Copley. Though many have spoken ill of Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson as B. But it's also a ridiculous amount of fun. The plot and stunts do get a little ridiculous, but they are fun. If you're into nonstop action and lots of male bonding, The A-Team is like porn. I'd never heard of him but I have to say, he nailed the role as Murdoch.
They did the show justice, and will introduce a younger generation to a great show. Yet he's a good bit more believable than Biel. That is, if you're willing to believe that a parachute suspended tank as seen in the trailer , wherein the fearless foursome escape from an exploding plane, can be easily maneuvered in midair using the inboard cannon, simultaneously discarding enemy aircraft like it's a game of Duck Hunt. It may not be the A-Team you remember, but it's a hell of a lot of brainless fun nonetheless. The A-Team 2010 The A-Team : Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars.
Word of warning though - you really shouldn't think too deeply about the story when you're watching this. While the first three quarters of the film had a fairly consistent amount of action, the last quarter was overkill. It's not a great drama. That's not to say the actors in the show were bad, George Peppard alone gave the show an aire of respectability. Before I tell you why A-Team is worth your hard-earned cash, I should lay out its many faults. The gang is all there.
Or the near criminal trashing uberhobbyist MacGuyver recently received by the hands of questionable farce 'MacGruber'. But when they're set up for a fall by a variety of villainous forces, the boys have to break out of jail and fight to clear their names. Again I state that it's a shame a sequel won't be made due to lack of revenue but maybe if enough people read this review and trust my impressions, they'll give it a try. It's a shame they didn't make a sequel. No attempt is made to explain his Irish accent, nor that of Copley, who is South African.
If you can look past Biel actually, look right at her, that's what she's there for , the film is jam-packed with colorful, charismatic performances. A motto director Joe Carnahan has taken to heart in making 'The A-Team'. The cast work well together, and have a pretty good team dynamic. Being a former flame of Face, her character goes in full tilt but later starts to lean toward their cause. I brought my parents to watch the show and they loved his performance, with mom going as far to say the movie worked because everything funny came from him. Spoilt the movie a little for me, but the overall experience was a good one.