Review: THE A-TEAM
“I love it when a plan comes together.” – Col. John “Hannibal” Smith
Ok, so I know that there has been a lot of skepticism around this film… and if it could really be good. I am here to tell you to leave your doubts at the door and get ready for a fun movie!
Col. John “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson) is a rebel with a reputation for leading the best team of Rangers in the military. If there is a next to impossible mission, he and his team, Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Bradley Cooper), Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson), and “Howling Mad” Murdock (Sharlto Copley) are sent out to save the day.
Being on top does come at a cost. In order to get away with the perfect crime, an enemy in a special ops unit choses to frame the bunch for a crime that they did not commit. Now, after breaking free from their separate prisons, the four fugitives are racing against the clock to prove their innocence.
Honestly, if their plan was to lower audiences expectations only to surprise them in the theater, then they certainly succeeded. I did not expect to be as entertained as i was. This film is jam-packed with action, and boy is it fun to watch. I will say, however, that some of the CGI was a little shotty. It could have been better in places.
They did a fantastic job casting this film! Neeson was a fantastic Hannibal. His self-assured, yet always prepared demeanor was absolutely perfect! Cooper was charming, cocky, and funny throughout the film. I apologize in advance, but I have to also comment on him being shirtless several times. WOWZA! That is a tasty snack! He certainly has buffed up! Still, you cannot ignore his charm. I am really glad that Jackson did not try to be too much like Mr. T in his role. Sure, his knuckles said “Pity” and “Fool” , but his character certainly grew, which was refreshing. (He also quotes Gandhi in the film, which is favorable to me since I have a minor in Gandhian Studies… random fact for the day!) Copley certainly plays a different role than he did in “District 9”. His crazy behavior was quite amusing!
The only acting that I would have to frown upon was that of Jessica Biel who played the role of Charisa Sosa. I really wanted to like her, but her acting was rather flat in the film. I would have liked to see her play the role with more umph!
If you are expecting an Oscar winning movie, then this is not the film for you. Think about it… the tv show itself was rather cheesy! They did, however, do a great job on making an enjoyable adaptation for the big screen.
Overall Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
(Overall rating for Bradley Coopers chest: 5 out of 5 stars… de-lic-ious!)