The A-Team
By: Don Morton | Aug 19, 2010 | Issue: 856 | One Comment | 3,259 views


Title in Japan: 特攻野郎Aチーム Tokkou Yarou A Team
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Year: 2010
Country: Aug 20 2010
Running Time: 117 min

The plot barely exists, the dialogue’s dumb, the characters are shallow, the action’s pointless, and it lacks the smallest trace of intellectual stimulation. Hey—it’s Sex and the City for males! This mildly entertaining two hours of preposterone-fuelled, compacted trash is based, of course, on the cheeseball ’80s TV show starring George Peppard and Mr. T. The series was about an elite quartet of Army Rangers, Vietnam vets (updated to Iraq vets here), who go on the lam after being framed for a crime. Here’s the lineup, then. (Lineups are what you do when you don’t have much else to say.) Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson) is the team’s gruff, wisecracking alpha male. The mohawked B.A. Baracus is played by the very large wrestler Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who tries hard but falls a tad short of Mr. T’s “amoletchoolive” attitude. Bradley Cooper does the womanizing Faceman honors, and Sharlto Copley gets the most laughs as Mad Murdock, the team’s brilliant but unhinged pilot. Also Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel and Brian Bloom. The fact that everyone is annoyingly smug saps the suspense, but if you can abide the inanity, you won’t be bored.



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  • tomroberts

    The 80s A Team was a masterpiece compared with this drivel.

    The only “annoyingly smug” things I find here is your writing style.

    Here’s a tip: don’t talk down to your readers: “Lineups are what you do when you don’t have much else to say.”

    That’s if you want to keep them, once you get some that is.