Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking.
Directed By: Joe Carnahan
Written By: Joe Carnahan and Brian Bloom
Staring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, and Gerald McRaney
They are the best, and they specialize in the ridiculous. -Sosa
After reading my fellow brethren and their duo review and many other friends in the movie world, there was an overwhelming sense that I wasn’t going to be let down when I went to the theater this morning. I wasn’t. Considering it’s nature it may sound peculiar to say it, but The A-Team was refreshing. It was everything I wanted in a summer blockbuster and everything that I’ve been waiting patiently for. AND…..they try and fly a TANK. Yep, I said fly.
At this point it’s fair to say that this flick isn’t living in the world of reality and at no point do you desire it to either. From one action sequence to another, constant entertainment is being thrown your way. When you are watching an explosion, you are laughing at the characters, which were done so well, and it still alludes me where there was really time to develop them, but it happened. By the end you have a real feel for each of the guys, and you certainly have felt the extremely tangible chemistry between them.
Kind of like Ridley Scott’s twist on Robin Hood, this whole film essentially takes place at the birth of the team shows how the guys came together, how they became outlaws, and even how B.A. got his trademark Mohawk. Taking this walk down nostalgia road is full of nonstop action, a simplistic yet complicated enough plot about espionage and otherwise, and even brings the eye candy of Jessica Biel to the table.
To my surprise the most enjoyable performance was that of Brad Cooper, whom I’ve never be a huge fan. He was studly, charming, and utterly hilarious. Sharlto Copley as Murdoch added this bizarre sense that anything impossible happened was actually possible because he was that insanely coherent. Rampage was a natural player as B.A., and didn’t stretch the acting he already brings to the UFC. Liam Neeson was perfectly cast as the glue that held the team together, a thoughtful yet believably intimidating leader.
Are you going to get a serious, character driven movie with elements of realism? Heck no! You are given the fantastical and when you think the film has exceeded the limits of extremism, it just pushes the envelope that much further. The A-Team is about letting go and having a riot. It does all the work for you and lets you sit back; a true escapist action flick that rarely gets made anymore. I’m okay if they don’t make a sequel, but I’ll be there opening weekend if they do.