Friday, January 3, 2014

The A-Team (2010)

Director: Joe Carnahan

Writers: Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, Gerald McRaney, Henry Czerny, Yul Vazquez, Brian Bloom, Maury Sterling, Terry Chen, Omari Hardwick, David Hugghins

More info: IMDb

Tagline: There Is No Plan B

Plot: A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

UGH!  This was so close to being a great, fun movie.  Really.  There's so much to like.  The four leads are a great fit for their characters.  I never watched the TV show (even though I was at the right age for it when it came out) but these guys work well together and I'm going to assume that they stay pretty close to their TV counterparts.  As the characters go, Face (Cooper) was a bit much while in prison but everyone else was a lot of fun.  The moments that work are great like the scene when Lynch is in the car with his hired muscle who is handcuffed and is about to die.  Great stuff. It mixes the right amount of humor to elevate what would typically be a standard ho hum scene.  Then there's the shit, and I mean to use that word harshly, that brings the picture down.  You know what I mean.  The impossible helicopter moves, FLYING a tank (!?!?!?!?!?!?!), the heist job in Iraq and the finale.  Hell, it's just about all of the action set pieces.  They're so over the top and impossible that it's cartoonish.  It's far too much.  They did such a great job with everything else that it's a shame they had to go full retard.  I don't know how well this did at the box office and it's been 3.5 years since it came out and I haven't heard anything about a sequel so I doubt that's going to happen.  I probably wouldn't watch it anyway unless they at least tried to ground the action in reality.  Except for that horseshit, it was a lot of fun.  I hate it when a movie doesn't come together.

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