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:: The A-Team

After the disappointment of ‘The Losers’ I was absolutely terrified of what the modern re-working of one of my favourite TV shows may turn out like. Well, I need not have been worried as ‘The A-Team’ comes out looking absolutely brilliant – an action movie with some great characterisation and one that doesn’t forget that a great script can go a long way to enhancing the film.

Led by Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (Liam Neeson) the A-Team, made up of Lt. Templeton ‘Facebook’ Peck (Bradley Cooper), Capt. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock (Sharlto Copley) and Sgt. Bosco ‘B.A.’ Baracus (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson) are handed a mission by CIA Agent Lynch (Patrick Wilson), go into Iraq and retrieve a money press. While they receive the blessing of General Morrison (Gerald McRaney), they are also told not to get involved by Capt. Charisa Sosa (Jessica Biel). When they do get involved they find themselves involved in a set-up that soon has them working hard to clear their names.

In a lot of ways ‘The A-Team’ is a prequel to the hit television series, and it works remarkable well. Director Joe Carnahan has made this film look exceptionally good. Even the most extreme stunts come across as believable and more importantly the film focuses on giving each of the characters… well characterization. This is only enhanced by the screenwriters who have allowed depth in their script and it is also a pleasant surprise to see an action film with a believable storyline. The Iraq storyline is relevant and is also understandable for the audience… there is nothing elaborate here.

The casting people have also done a wonderful job with each of the A-Team members fitting their characters well. Liam Neeson is a surprising choose, but the fact that he is in it should be enough to make people realise that the script is good. Jackson is a good replacement in the role Mr. T made famous, while Sharlto Copley adds some great comic relief… and yeah I’ll admit it even Bradley Cooper seemed to show some skill this time around. Jessica Biel also adds a new string to her bow and is a pleasure to watch.

To be blunt ‘The A-Team’ is ten times the movie that ‘The Losers’ is. Good acting, great script and an amazing ending make for one wonderful action film Don’t be scared off by this re-working of a classic… it is a standout in the action genre.