1980s TV action gets a reboot with this new version of The A-Team, which shifts the Vietnam vet backstory to a group of Iraq War vets who become mercenaries for hire. Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) directs from a script by G.I. Joe's Skip Woods. Liam Neeson heads up the crew as Hannibal, the brains of the operation, with Bradley Cooper as Face, UFC star Quinton "Rampage" Jackson filling in for Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, and District 9's breakout star, Sharlto Copley, inheriting the unhinged role of "Howling Mad" Murdock. Jessica Biel also co-stars. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley.
Release Date: Jun 11, 2010
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action, smoking, language and intense sequences of violence
Runtime: 1 hr. 57 min.
A guy movie through and through Joe “Carnage” Carnahan delivers lots of fun testosterone fuel action in his sharply directed reboot of the 80’s series. Carnahan gleefully sets up scenarios and action pieces like a child playing with action figures, the proceeds to make it all explosively real on the screen. The amount of collateral damage done throughout this film run time is probably close to Ronald Emmerich disaster film but so much more fun. The cast has as much fun as the director and never take anything overly serious. Liam Neeson leads the way as Hannibal and he clearly has a ball playing the team’s leader and master planner. Bradley Cooper comes off as a bit smug from time to time but he’s charismatic enough to make it work for the character without going overboard. Sharlto Copley was my biggest question mark coming in but he was one of the strongest performers throughout providing a seemingly endless amount of energy and nuttiness. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is adequate if a bit neutered, due to a silly subplot, as B.A. Baracus, he looks the part but doesn’t have much conviction in delivering lines. Jessica Biel and Patrick Wilson both offer serviceable performances in fairly clichéd roles. The plot is overly complicated to hide the fact that it’s terribly silly and mostly unbelievable. This film doesn’t require much from the upper brain functions and that’s fine because Carnahan delivers enough entertaining insanity to keep you interested as the online liners are fired out as quickly as the bullets.