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    June 24, 2010

    MOVIE REVIEW: THE A-TEAM

    THE A-TEAM (English/PG13)
    Genre: Action/Adventure
    Release Date: 10 June 2010
    Distributor: 20th Century Fox
    Running Time: 117 minutes
    Director: Joe Carnahan
    Producers: Stephen J Cannell. Tony Scott, Ridley Scott
    Writers: Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, Skip Woods; Stephen J Cannell, Frank Lupo (TV series)
    Casts: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bloom
    Plot: American action adventure about a fictional group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who work as soldiers of fortune while being on the run from the military for a "crime they didn't commit". A group of Iraq War trying to take opportunities to clear their name with the U.S military from being committing a crime for which they were framed.





    THE VERDICT


    The A-Team are all about four army rangers doing stuffs together and that stuff is called a plan. Making it works is always been tough but for these men, it seems possibly achievable. It could not be harder to think that this movie is brainless or just simply making things insanely ridiculous. Ridiculously fun or not, ask yourself this - have you watched the TV series or heard about this before hand? Chances are you may have. It's loud and wild, yet still filled with lots of funs. These what make the TV series lovable. Will the movie adaptation feels the same way like the 80s nostalgias?




    The A-Team comprises of four army rangers that share the same common traits - highly coordinated, wild planner and doing crazy stuffs that no ordinary man will do. For the last mission before leaving Iraq, they need to find a billion dollar chest of money-printing plats from the hands of those who stole it during the Iran-Iraq conflict years ago. Things go awry and did not go according to plan, no thanks to a set up by some quartet who are using them as a liability for acquiring the plats. Now, the four became fugitives on run from the government and they made the grand plan to go out to clear their name for once and all.




    So back to the earlier question, did the movie captured the same feels and elements like the TV series. Well, it does although not all. You still have Pity Fool. You also have Mr T's Mohawk. You should never missed any of those moments when Hannibal lighting up his cigar. Yes, I know some of you are pretty much missing that. Despite a TV adaptation, it does not go to the length of taking randomly a storyline from the TV series and throw it into this one. For the movie version, it brings in a new storyline in the modern day setting and take a peep back on how the four fearless soldiers become the soldiers of fortune.




    The movie starts with a bang and the rhythm is pretty much maintained at all time, except the middle part when explanation goes in hand for the emergence of few key surprises. Otherwise, the pace of the movie is kept with tonnes of non-stop fast-paced action; mostly ridiculous and illogical. Making this kind of warfare a little more than just a normal affair, coupled with clear details and step-by-step execution of the plans (with explanation) made this movie plausible. It is all descriptive in manner and made into wildly timed coordinated. It never fails to make one to wonder and get blown away with the actions.




    The story line is decently made and it still keeps the essential old-time twists somewhere in the middle. I would not said that this is the best story they can come out with, but this is a good story to begin with. While the story is filled with actions, the movie did not neglect the characterization away. It illustrates greatly on B.A.'s fear of flying, Murdock's insanity with the aircraft, Face's charms-of-womanizer and Hannibal as a resourceful leader. There are lots of great chemistry between the team members and lots of laughter too. Sharlto Copley steals the show again with his role as a psycho pilot. I love this dude even more. Liam Neeson is also excellent as the team leader with great persona and plans in. Bradley Cooper and Quinton Jackson were both great in their roles too, simply engaging. 


    THE CONCLUSION




    You can't really predict much what they will do, but the idea is basically struck out when you consider who and how some peoples may get involved in the whole case of betrayal - that's slightly predictable. Nevertheless, it is still a good popcorn flick to enjoy on this summer. The A-Team is a fast-paced action movie with lots of testosterone and crazy ideas. The movie never fails to ignite such intensity, humour and good blend of ridiculous acts. It's noisy, it's loud but it's a pure badass!! MUST WATCH.


    THE RATING
    Story - 4.0 stars
    Casts - 4.5 stars
    Cinematography - 3.5 stars
    Effects - 4.0 stars
    OVERALL - 4.0 stars
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 16.3
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