A high-octane Ocean’s 11.
- Who's going to like it: fans of relentless and loud action flicks, guys.
The A-Team is basically an origins story for the characters and story established in the hit television series. Here, we learn why The A-Team, or “Alpha Team,” are working as rogue U.S. Ranger mercenaries.
The movie opens throwing us into an intense mission with Hannibal (Liam Neeson, Taken) and Face (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover) in Mexico. Just when things are looking grim, they meet B.A. Baracus (ultimate fighter Quiton ‘Rampage’ Jackson) and his iconic van. And before you know it, Murdock (Sharlto Copley, District 9) is thrown into the mix and the A-Team is formed.
Years later, while working a secret black-ops mission in Iraq, the gang is set up for stealing cash plates from the U.S. mint, court marshaled and sent to separate prisons. Now, the A-Team must break out and find the man/men who set them up.
From the trailers and TV spots alone, you know what you are getting into with The A-Team movie. Over-the-top action and likable characters make The A-Team well worth watching. Hats off to the studio for not showing us all the tricks up their sleeves in the trailers. Just when you think you know everything that can be done with a parachuting tank, they do far more than what we’ve been shown.
Each actor does a fabulous homage-paying job to his character – but it is Sharlto Copley who truly shines. Copley doesn’t just act like Murdock, he becomes Murdock. His performance is absolutely brilliant.
If you are one of those suckers – like me – that went into The Losers hoping for an A-Team-esque movie, then rest assured that The A-Team holds everything you hoped for but didn’t get with The Losers – it is a fast paced wild ride that keeps you laughing and entertained the entire time.
Photo credit: 20th Century Fox
(3 1/2 out of 5)