The A-Team (2010) – 6/10 conspiracy action movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Liam Neeson: Col. John Hannibal Smith
Bradley Cooper: Lt. Faceman Peck
Jessica Biel: Captain Charissa Sosa
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson: Bosco B.A. Baracus
Sharlto Copley: Captain H.M. Murdock
Patrick Wilson: Lynch
Gerald McRaney: General Morrison
Henry Czerny: Director McCready
Producer: Spike Seldin
Producer: Tony Scott
Producer: Jules Daly
Producer: Alex Young
Producer: Iain Smith
Creator of Original Television Series The A-Team: Frank Lupo
Writer: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Brian Bloom
Writer: Skip Woods
Director: Joe Carnahan

A-Team, The (2010)

After years and many missions together as one of the armies most elite combat units, the A-Team find themselves framed for an unauthorised operation to recover US dollar printing plates and $1 billion in counterfeit currency. Dishonourably discharged and imprisoned, they languish in prison until visited by CIA man Lynch who offers them an escape route and discovers that the leader, Hannibal, hasn’t exactly been languishing.

6/10

This is an unpretentious, fun action movie that suffers from the 21st-century blights affecting just about all Hollywood action movies: Hollywood has forgotten how to edit an action sequence and Hollywood thinks if you can draw humans doing something impossible (without narrative justification), we will believe it. It’s a shame as it easily boasts the most wonderfully ludicrous action ideas of the year with the tank sequence proving a particularly gleeful highlight (and, indeed, the trailer moment that made me go see the film). It uses a spectacularly mad idea which, critically, feels believable. Sadly, as with the rest of the film, the action doesn’t fulfil it’s potential thanks to a blur of editing and whizzy camera moves without giving the audience time to get their bearings in the space or story of the action sequence. Later, another 21st-century problem is highlighted as one character falls three or four storeys and lands on his head and is completely uninjured. This is unbelievable because it violates everything we know about falling (ie., it hurts) and it and other elements like it (for example, repeatedly saying "Adios mother" for the BBFC 12A) unnecessarily undermine the movie. However, let’s not end on a bad note: this is tremendously entertaining and much better than expected particularly in the imagination shown in the action sequences.

This movie contains sexual swear words (some obscured), mild swear words and violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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