Starring: Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel
Directed By: Joe Carnahan
The A-Team, the remake of the cult classic 80’s TV show starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper as Special Forces Soldiers who are sent to prison by a Military Court for crimes they did not commit. Breaking out of prison, the A-Team have their toughest challenge yet, proving their innocence. Directed by Joe Carnahan, A-Team is an adrenaline fun filled adventure which makes up for the lack of a primary story, yet still worth checking out.
Led by Colonel Hannibal Smith (Neeson), alongside Lt “Faceman” Peck (Cooper) who is a hit with the ladies, B.A. Baracus (Jackson) who is a hothead and skilled fighter and rounding out the team is wacko, Captain H.M. Murdoch (Copley) is nearly a mental patient but a skilled pilot. Over 8 years together and 80 missions, the team have a knack for the unthinkable, outrageous and theatrical when on missions. No job is too easy or too hard, and that’s the way they like it. While overseas in the middle east on base, The A-Team gets involved with a job that everyone says they should not accept but fight to go on the mission. Things turn ugly and they are accused of killing their fellow soldiers and trying to steal plates that print money. Sent away to prison, the boys are determined to prove their innocence. Col. Smith organizes the escape, and eventually they are all back together again trying to bring down contracted security forces that were responsible alongside CIA Agent Lynch (Wilson.) Agent Lynch plays such a buffoon and jerk that it is quite comical. Jessica Biel plays an ex lover of Face, and she is trying to round up the A-Team since they all escaped from prison.
The Blu Ray set features a Digital Copy of the film as well as a few extra features. Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, a look at some of the action sequences on the set, and feature with watching a video commentary with bits and information with Director Joe Carnahan. I enjoyed the gag reel as always. For being such a tough guy, Rampage Jackson sure laughs a lot as they detailed on the reel. The extras are in HD and look great as does the film. High Definition is definitely the way to see an action film and with the A-Team it is no different. The colors are vast, crisp, and deep. Slight film grain occasionally but that doesn’t hurt the film at all. The audio sounded excellent especially during explosions.
The A-Team is a fun action film with some funny comedy thrown in the mix. I found great chemistry and excellent casting with the foursome. I think of the weakest link’s in the bunch is first time actor Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. He proved his worth in the physicality of the role but I found sometimes I couldn’t understand what he was saying as if he was mumbling. Other than that, he was good. Sharlto Copley was excellent as nutcase Murdoch. He’s quite good at impressions as well. He’s an up and coming talent for sure. Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson were good too. Some of the action was very cartoony and silly but that’s what made the A-Team so enjoyable in the 80’s as well.
The Devil’s In The Details: Inside The Action With Joe Carnahan
Plan Of Attack Featurette
Deleted Scenes And Gag Reel
A-Team Theme Mash-Up Montage
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
ENGLISH: DTS-HD MA 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Bottom Line: Fun action film while silly plot can be overlooked
Running Time: 118 mins