“The A-Team” follows the exciting and daring exploits of a colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going “rogue,” they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.
I need to start off this review by pointing out the film’s biggest flaw. No, it’s not the fact that it’s another example Hollywood being lazy and rebooting another classic franchise, it’s not the fact that Mr. T is nowhere to be seen, it’s not even the fact that whole movie is just another in a long line of predictable action flicks. No, the biggest flaw in this movie is one person: Jessica Biel.
The girl can’t act, plain and simple and she’s poorly cast in every single film she’s in. Seriously, is the audience truly supposed to believe that she’s not only an officer in the U.S. Army but a Special Forces-type who they actually put in charge of things? Now this wouldn’t even be an issue if she were routinely in exceptional films that could withstand her brand of crap or even if she were in truly awful films where should could just blend right into the scenery but she never is. She’s always in these borderline-good films and she’s always a freakin’ anchor that pushes a decent film into the realm of crap-tastic.
But, honestly, “The A-Team” is exactly what you’d expect it to be and surprisingly it doesn’t suck because of that. It’s obviously a reboot and it’s been modernized for 2010, but the casting was excellent (despite Liam Neeson’s accent issues) and the characters were written very true to their TV counterparts from the 1980′s, and in fact (and people are going to hate me for saying this) maybe even a little deeper and a little better.
The action sequences in this film are fantastic, the villains are entertaining and there’s enough classic A-Team nostalgia thrown in to make even those most skeptical fan appreciate this new take. The dialog is clever and decently written and the film moves at a very good pace and I could think of a lot less fun ways to spend 117 minutes. Is it going to win any Oscars? No, but it is certainly one of the best action films I have seen this year. I hate to say this, but the way this film was done, with the deference and reverence shown to the source material is very reminiscent of last year’s mega-hit “Star Trek.” And rest assured, like “Star Trek,” it was made very clear at the end of this film that this won’t be the last time we’ll be seeing these beloved characters on the big screen.