The A Team: Movie Review
The A Team
Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Jessica
Biel, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Patrick Wilson
Director: Joe Carnahan
Some 27 years after the TV Series first debuted, The A Team finally make it
to the big screen.
In this latest version we're treated to the rebirth of the series (a kind of
origin film) and we see how the A Team came together.
The team first forms in Mexico - with "Hannibal" Smith (Neeson) enlisting the
help of Face (Cooper), BA Baracus (Jackson) and Murdoch (Copley) to escape. The
quartet form a close bond and become a clandestine unit for some successful 80
odd missions together.
But the one mission which changes their lives sees them as soldiers in Iraq
and assigned by the CIA and their lackey (Patrick Wilson) to take back a US
dollar bill printing press snatched by the remnants of Saddam's Iraqi
However, the A Team finds themselves framed (as the infamous TV series
opening goes) and they set out to clear their names and catch the bad guys.
But with the CIA and Jessica Biel's Captain Sosa out to shut them down, they
could have bitten off more than they can chew.
Well, well, from a slightly underwhelming trailer, I have to admit this is a
The A Team remains faithful to fans of the show and yet manages to reinvent
it for a new generation. A wonderfully action packed opener sees the gang thrown
together and introduced in a clever piece of plotting - and from there on,
you're charmed by all four main performances.
Each of them has retained the essences of what made the original series great
- while Neeson may growl a little once too often, it's good those in charge have
decided to stick so closely to the personalities perpetuated by the likes of
George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz and Mr T.
For an action film, there's just the right amount of action too - it doesn't
dominate the story - and even offers up some new takes on the stock action
But it's the chemistry between Cooper, Neeson, Copley and Jackson which
really make this work - there's the whole feeling of camaraderie between them
(and BA and Murdoch still squabble as much as they did before) which helps you
through a plot which may be obvious to those who've seen a lot of films.
It's pitched clearly at the family blockbuster crowd with some comedy thrown
into the relatively straight mix - and as the kids reviewers agree, for the most
part it works.
16 year old Connor found he couldn't make out some action scenes but thought
Murdoch was the best character because he was totally insane - although he was
still clever and a team player. But the whole brotherhood teamwork shone through
Younger brother Jackson loved the whole thing with a good story, great action
and snappy dialogue. He also liked the bit with a falling tank too.
So this new version of The A Team is to be applauded; a faithful, straight
and relatively intelligent action thriller which will appeal to fans new and
We love it when a plan comes together.
PS Watch out for blink and you'll miss it cameos from two of the original A