The rest of the cast, actually. Action scenes come flying at you hard and heavy from start to finish. There are enough sequences that ask more than a lot of your ability to shut off your brain, but as said that exaggeration is exactly what this film needed. 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. At no time did I think it wouldn't happen.
We jump ahead several years, where the A-Team is now an Army covert operations crew with dozens of successful missions under their belts. Of course, as the years passed, and I grew older and wiser, I came to realise that an A-Team movie might just be a really bad idea. And we really haven't had that for a while. Director Joe Carnahan Smokin' Aces, Narc isn't taking that chance. It's only there to support that's right action.
Especially when that cast came forward. Regardless, the oncoming release might well feature a well-deserved 'to be continued' by the time the end credits start rolling. It doesn't matter: Somehow in this film, it works. 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. Yet he's a good bit more believable than Biel. And the first trailer had me revved up.
In a world so significantly different from the mid-eighties, the severely underpaid and hopelessly dated missions of the four fugitives could have very much been out of place as well. The A-Team shows off Cooper's buffed-up physique almost to the point of absurdity he's shirtless on screen more than Mark Wahlberg in Date Night but Cooper's charisma carries the day throughout. This one is worth checking out. Hannibal in the hands of Liam Neeson, although not as charismatic as George Peppard, is equally complacently on the jazz whenever a dangerous situation can be even remotely relished. On top of some great action sequences that left people cheering, the crowd also laughed non-stop.
Trash of the most glorious, overblown, wonderfully-fun kind. Vietnam has been replaced by Iraq and the bad attitude of Bosco Baracus is not the only thing that makes the foursome dangerous: the happy-go-lucky stance of a team that rarely asked for enemy casualties has been replaced by an attitude that better suits a group of elite soldiers. A smart move, as complete and uncompromising exaggeration appears to be exactly what the format asked for. A motto director Joe Carnahan has taken to heart in making 'The A-Team'. Neeson seems a bit odd at first stepping into George Peppard's shoes as Hannibal, being considerably taller, leaner and tougher. While the first three quarters of the film had a fairly consistent amount of action, the last quarter was overkill. One of the many mottoes Colonel John Hannibal Smith throws around whilst hatching his brilliant plans, dispensing them like his insightful wisdom increases the chances of success.
Movies are meant to entertain and I most definitely was, much more than I expected for the price I paid for my ticket. Everyone had a role that they played very well, and while Rampage Jackson's acting could have been a little better, his presence and screen time were downplayed to perhaps make up for it. For someone who wasn't professionally trained as an actor, he portrayed the crazy Murdoch flawlessly. But that's what I'm talking about, it was a very good balance of characters that was consistently carried throughout the movie. The special effects are wildly uneven too, especially in the climax. The A-Team, against all odds, is one extremely entertaining film. I say go watch this now.
The acting skills of the professional wrestler are up for debate, but then again you never questioned Mr. You'd never have guessed the guy who played eighth fiddle on Alias would be front-and-center for a star-making performance, but it's true. That's pretty much all you wanted to know about the plot, right? There are unresolved plot holes and some people have expressed upset at this, but the film was never marketed as a 'story' kind of film in any way so they really should've known better. The plot falters a bit left and right and the credo overkill is underrated is at times perhaps taken a little too far, but that is merely an expected consequence of handing control over to the man behind 'Smokin' Aces'. Understandable, since the characters in Carnahan's installment have been blown up as well. 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. There's Cooper and Neeson alone, plus Bloom and Wilson, with a little Gerald McRaney yes, Major Dad himself thrown in for good measure.
No attempt is made to explain his Irish accent, nor that of Copley, who is South African. It puts pedal to metal about 90 seconds in and never lets up. So with those issues, what makes The A-Team so entertaining? But then, The A-Team is a nitpicker's dream, if you really want to go there. This time, it's nowhere near good enough. Liam Neeson brings the right combo of gruffness and cool to Hannibal though a little more humourless than George Peppard , and Bradley Cooper is, well, Bradley Cooper, wise-cracking and entertaining as con-man Face.
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. If any film demands to be graded on a curve, it's The A-Team. Because it gets pretty confusing from there and doesn't matter in the slightest anyway. If you're into deep, fully-realized female characters well, look elsewhere. If District 9 marked him as a bright new talent, hopefully this film should make him a star. Which is served up with a trowel. The biggest fun, however, comes from Howling Mad Murdock in the interpretation of 'District 9'-phenomenon Sharlto Copley, who occupies the crazy pilot with both a zest for life and an absolute fearlessness of death cue the suicidal midair antics.