December 27, 2010

The A-Team - 2010

Director: Joe Carnahan
Writers: Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, & Skip Woods
Starring: Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Jessica Biel, Partick Wilson

"They are the best, and they specialize in the ridiculous." Four special forces members set out to clear their names through a series of over-the-top plans.
Was this a great movie? Not by any means. However, it's a lot closer to the middle of the pack qualitywise than the bottom. Neeson and Copley really carry the film with their performances as the chief planner and nutjob pilot (respectively), Cooper plays the same womanizer we've seen him as all too often, and Jackson does as adequate a Mr. T. impression as is possible without the gold chains. This film is essentially a sequence of that's-so-crazy-there's-no-way-it'll-work-but-somehow-it-just-did events...and they kind of get away with it, even the bit from the trailers where they're shooting from inside a tank that's falling through the air to get it to move laterally. Biel's really my only issue with the film; her character (a military higher-up with a romantic past with Cooper) is wholly superfluous to the plot, although without her, Cooper wouldn't be doing much for the two hours. All in all, it's a film that takes refuge in its audacity, ending up fairly decent as a result. C+

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