“There is no plan B”
The A-Team is based on the 80s TV show of the same name which I have never seen before. Apparently it had some sort of following, so I guess that’s enough reason to “re-imagine” this for the modern audience (since every 80s thing is being revived now anyway). This film has a couple of good actions scenes, but it’s ultimately meaningless.
A cigar smoking Liam Neeson is Hannibal, and he leads a foursome of highly skilled men who go on mission impossibles. Liam Neeson’s acting here is good as always and adds more credibility to this film. In fact, I don’t know if I would be interested in watching The A-Team in the first place if it was not for his presence.
Bradley Cooper plays Face, a guy with a very nice face. He has a little romance with the Jessica Biel character but it felt very forced like most romance stories are when squeezed into action packed plots. He gets pushed around by Liam Neeson for most of the film but gets to lead the team towards the end, which was a little heart warming. His character has the most character development among the four, but that isn’t saying much.
Sharlto Copley whom I remember from District 9 is Murdock. He is the doofus of the team but does some crazy things that saves his team mates’ lives. The iconic B.A. Baracus is played by wrestler Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He is certainly the weakest link here as far as acting is concerned, and his fights were not very memorable either. I expected most of the hard-hitting action to come from him, but it didn’t happen so that was disappointing. Also, the subplot about him and his conscience was boring and irrelevant.
One huge problem of The A-Team was that it tried to create four different storylines for the four different team members, but not one of them was compelling in the least. There were a couple of good team moments, but the film felt more like a Face movie overall.
There were two particular action scenes that I really enjoyed. The first is at the beginning with the chopper, and the second involves a tank parachuting out of a plane (which you can catch a glimpse of in the movie trailer). The A-Team is worth a shot if you like the cast, but other than that, I suggest checking out The Expendables first.