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The A-Team
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Jan 3, 2011 By: Daniel Rohr
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Director:
Joe Carnahan

Actors:
Bradley Cooper
Liam Neeson
Jessica Biel

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A tight group of four badass Army Rangers get framed for a crime they did not commit and go to extreme lengths to clear their names.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I was born after the original A-TEAM TV series began, so I have no knowledge of the show besides Mr. T was in it. I had zero expectations of what each character should be or how the team would come together and interact. To me it's just a "men on a mission" movie, and a damn fine one at that.

THE A-TEAM opens strong, showcasing each actor's strengths. Liam Neeson is cool as hell; Bradley Cooper is charming, witty and kinda a bastard; Quinton "Rampage" Jackson can fight and Sharlto Copley is the group's insane wild card. You instantly buy these guys as an unbeatable team.

Some time passes and our heroes get framed for a crime in Iraq by a rival group of government operatives. They get sent to 4 separate prisons but escape through a series of great set pieces to find the people who framed them. There's also some CIA and Dept of Defense side stories but really, this whole story is about the group bonding and shit getting blown up.

The main reason the film works is that it's completely preposterous but so aware of that fact that it almost becomes believable. They fly tanks (yes, tanks), do back flips in helicopters and survive things no human possibly could. It's ridiculous but at the same time completely f*cking awesome.

The second reason the film works is the cast. The four leads are all extremely likable and believable. Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper pretty much play the same characters they usually do but they're so damn good a it, it doesn't really matter. Rampage Jackson's acting looked a little forced at times but he was effective and never made me yearn for the actual Mr. T to play the role. Sharlto Copley really impressed me again as the slightly insane Murdock, proving his excellent performance in DISTRICT 9 wasn't a fluke. He contrasted the three bad-asses really well and truly did seem insane. The supporting cast was solid too with Patrick Wilson somehow playing an even slimier bastard than he did in HARD CANDY. Jessica Biel was hot and played her role fine and there's even a Jon Hamm cameo!

I've completely forgiven Joe Carnahan for the abomination that was his previous directorial effort, SMOKIN' ACES. If I could make just one movie a tangible being and punch it in the face, it would be SMOKIN' ACES. With NARC and THE A-TEAM though, Carnahan is now two out of three as a director in my eyes.
THE EXTRAS
The Devil's In the Details: Inside the Action with Joe Carnahan - A commentary track with a bunch of visual goodies. Joe Carnahan talks over the movie and shows off behind the scenes footage of fight scenes. Overall, this was a nice commentary track to listen to. He's informative and a decent talker. There is also a tracker on screen showing which step of the plan the team is currently on.

Character Chronicles (23 Min) - Quick Featurettes on each actor/character

Plan of Attack (30 Min) - Pretty standard studio-produced behind the scenes featurette.

Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel (10 Min) - A decent set of deleted scenes. I wouldn't have minded seeing them in the flick.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I'm sure you could nitpick about the movie all you want but I found THE A-TEAM to be one of the most thoroughly entertaining movies I've watched recently. It's ridiculous in all the right ways and wants nothing more than to entertain the shit out of its audience. THE A-TEAM has definitely joined my list of action movies to have on in the background while working all day.
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7:46PM on 01/03/2011
I honestly don't know what's with all the hate towards A-Team because I really enjoyed it. I agree with BondFiction that it was stupid fun and also sort of a guilty pleasure. I watch the Extended Cut (about 2 hours something) which was still pretty good considering how long it was for action movie. And the movie, like you said, is really LOUD!
I honestly don't know what's with all the hate towards A-Team because I really enjoyed it. I agree with BondFiction that it was stupid fun and also sort of a guilty pleasure. I watch the Extended Cut (about 2 hours something) which was still pretty good considering how long it was for action movie. And the movie, like you said, is really LOUD!
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9:49AM on 01/03/2011
The other claim to fame for the original TV show besides Mr T, was its ability to unload hundreds of rounds of ammuntion every episode and never would a single person get shot.
The other claim to fame for the original TV show besides Mr T, was its ability to unload hundreds of rounds of ammuntion every episode and never would a single person get shot.
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8:02AM on 01/03/2011
This movie was stupid fun, got a bit repetitive toward the end but I think the cast and the fact that the action was shot so well really elevated it. I love Smokin' Aces though, that movie's just plain bizarre.
This movie was stupid fun, got a bit repetitive toward the end but I think the cast and the fact that the action was shot so well really elevated it. I love Smokin' Aces though, that movie's just plain bizarre.
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