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Film Review of The A-Team

Posted by Stephen John Murray on Saturday, July 10, 2010

The A-Team

It’s the in thing these days to bring back either old TV shows to the big screen or remake old films.

Which makes people like myself start to feel their age....but hang on a minute, “It’s not that old”

But then you realise that it has been almost 30 years since the A-Team was first broadcasted.

So that tells us that bringing back the A-Team is appropriate for a new Generation of fans and for the

original audience to reminisce.

So, how does the film version measure up?

“BLOODY GOOD”

The producers or “guys” involved in the making of the movie were obviously fans or understood the

concept of the show, because all the popular ingredients are there. Catch phrases like “I love it when

a plan come together” the explosions and violence. With big budget CGI special effects and

adrenaline pumping action and a great cast, how could they lose?

The casting is perfect, which is the main reason why most shows succeed on TV in the first place.

With Liam Neeson as Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith (The Name of which now brings up images of tearing

faces off and eating brains out with a spoon...Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs film series)

Liam makes himself look older for the role, the grey look doing him justice, while smoking his

signature cigar. (Does that mean cigars are going to make a come back?)

While new comer  Bradley Cooper (One of the stars of last year’s hit movie The Hangover) plays Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck.  Cooper is the ‘face’ of the movie for the chicks because he’s so good

looking they want to eat him for breakfast lunch and dinner. A sure fire way of convincing your

squeeze to come with you to enjoy what is essentially a brainless piece of entertainment.

Jessica Biel plays Charisa Sosa, Faces ex girlfriend and love interest in the movie. While Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson plays Cpl. Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus (Mr T for fans of the old TV show) and Sharlto Copley plays Mad dog Murdock (My personal favourite from the TV show)

The plot is practically non existent, and quite frankly who cares, as long as it has lots of explosions,

gunfire and  “guy” stuff like the scene where they fly a tank on parachutes while being pursued by

 the military. Mad Murdock displaying his considerable flying skills, while Baracus is anything but

amused. The film has humour, a touch of romance and not altogether convincing bad guys, but maybe they might improve on this if there is a sequel?

But if you are looking to detach your brain for a couple of hours, while your lady friend drools over

Face, then go and see the A-Team.  I enjoyed it for what it is, entertainment...remember make  a PLAN because there is no PLAN B.

With the A-Team making a successful comeback on the big screen it does make you wonder what is next. Christine and I thought that MacGyver  would be a great TV show to bring back...maybe you could

use Bradley Cooper as the lead.



Film Review of The A-Team

Posted by Stephen John Murray on Saturday, July 10, 2010

The A-Team

It’s the in thing these days to bring back either old TV shows to the big screen or remake old films.

Which makes people like myself start to feel their age....but hang on a minute, “It’s not that old”

But then you realise that it has been almost 30 years since the A-Team was first broadcasted.

So that tells us that bringing back the A-Team is appropriate for a new Generation of fans and for the

original audience to reminisce.

So, how does the film version measure up?

“BLOODY GOOD”

The producers or “guys” involved in the making of the movie were obviously fans or understood the

concept of the show, because all the popular ingredients are there. Catch phrases like “I love it when

a plan come together” the explosions and violence. With big budget CGI special effects and

adrenaline pumping action and a great cast, how could they lose?

The casting is perfect, which is the main reason why most shows succeed on TV in the first place.

With Liam Neeson as Col. John 'Hannibal' Smith (The Name of which now brings up images of tearing

faces off and eating brains out with a spoon...Hannibal Lector from Silence of the Lambs film series)

Liam makes himself look older for the role, the grey look doing him justice, while smoking his

signature cigar. (Does that mean cigars are going to make a come back?)

While new comer  Bradley Cooper (One of the stars of last year’s hit movie The Hangover) plays Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck.  Cooper is the ‘face’ of the movie for the chicks because he’s so good

looking they want to eat him for breakfast lunch and dinner. A sure fire way of convincing your

squeeze to come with you to enjoy what is essentially a brainless piece of entertainment.

Jessica Biel plays Charisa Sosa, Faces ex girlfriend and love interest in the movie. While Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson plays Cpl. Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus (Mr T for fans of the old TV show) and Sharlto Copley plays Mad dog Murdock (My personal favourite from the TV show)

The plot is practically non existent, and quite frankly who cares, as long as it has lots of explosions,

gunfire and  “guy” stuff like the scene where they fly a tank on parachutes while being pursued by

 the military. Mad Murdock displaying his considerable flying skills, while Baracus is anything but

amused. The film has humour, a touch of romance and not altogether convincing bad guys, but maybe they might improve on this if there is a sequel?

But if you are looking to detach your brain for a couple of hours, while your lady friend drools over

Face, then go and see the A-Team.  I enjoyed it for what it is, entertainment...remember make  a PLAN because there is no PLAN B.

With the A-Team making a successful comeback on the big screen it does make you wonder what is next. Christine and I thought that MacGyver  would be a great TV show to bring back...maybe you could

use Bradley Cooper as the lead.



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