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Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper star in The A-Team

The A-Team promotional poster
The A-Team promotional poster
20th Century Fox

The A-Team is loud, action-packed and has a lot of explosions: pretty much what you'd expect from a summer blockbuster.

The A-Team consists of a group of four rogue American soldiers desperate to clear their names after being set up and sent to prison. There's more to the story, but the details don't matter. The A-Team is all about the action.

There are airplane chases, explosions and fist-fights a plenty. At times the CGI effects call attention to themselves a little too much, but other than that the scenes are well done (over-the-top in a good way). The plot, while decent, definitely takes a back seat.

Fans of the 80s television series will no doubt be looking for comparisons, and the cast did a fine job of portraying the old characters, but the movie stands well as a separate unit. It's definitely more violent than the old series, but that's to be expected in a 21st century update.

Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and the rest of the cast are decent, but the real standout is Sharlto Copley (District 9), who is thoroughly entertaining as Murdoch.

We likely won't be hearing about The A-Team too much around awards season, but that likely wasn't the intent of the filmmakers. It does its job as an explosive summer blockbuster and will no doubt spawn at least one sequel.

Review: 7/10

  • The A-Team

  • Directed by: Joe Carnahan

  • Written by: Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods

  • Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel & Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

  • Runtime: 117 mins


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