Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The A-Team

After Inception, The A-Team was a movie I knew I absolutely had to see in 2010. I don't know what drew me to it. Okay, obvious things out of the way first: Bradley Cooper is in it so of course I was going to see it. But then there was also Sharlto Copley, who has been my favourite actor since District 9, which happened to be his debut performance. Consideing he was bloody good in that, he had to be bloody good in this. And, hey, I didn't even know the TV program 'The A-Team' existed, but I wasn't exactly an eighties child either. So the whole remake thing with this movie didn't bother me at wass like a whole new experience.
There are a group of Iraq war veterans: Colonel John 'Hannibal' Smith (Liam Neeson), Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck (Bradley Cooper), B.A. Baracus (Quinton 'Rampage' Jackon) and 'Howling Mad' Murdock (Sharlto Copley), who are looking to clear their names with the U.S Military after they are arrested for committing a crime that they were actually framed in. This is where the fun and games start...
The A-Team was never going to be a great critical success or garner heaps of awards nominations, but it did surprisingly well against all odds. Some people just didn't try, other people did their absolute best, which led to an uneven outcome which was patchy at the best of times. Yet, it was amazingly entertaining. There was some well-placed humour in it, which mainly came from the performance from Sharlto Copley, who made Murdock live up to his name: he really was 'Howling Mad'. Bradley Cooper was great as Face, and showed he can do comedy and then star in an action film without any problems...lets see more of that ripped body though, please! The action sequences were great and copletely blew everyone away. My jaw was dropped throughout most of the movie.
If I have anything bad to say about this it is that Liam Neeson was a major let-down to the whole movie. It was like he didn't care at all about this, and kind of made the rest of the cast look bad. And the direction gave me a little headache because the action sequences were filmed so fast that I couldn't tell what was happening...only that it was really really fast and there were all these bombs and OMG it just looks so violent so I'll go along with it...!

Entertaining, just not a critical delight or whatever.

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