Basically it’s like the show, with steroids.
This updated feature-film take on the hit 1980s television show follows a group of Iraq War veterans on the run from U.S. military forces while they try to clear their names after being framed for a crime they didn’t commit. Along the way, Col. Hannibal Smith, Capt. H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock , Sgt. Bosco “B.A.” Baracus and Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck help out various people they encounter.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the original show, but I have at least seen a couple of episodes to know what I was getting myself into.
The film works best when it’s showing it’s over-the-top action, that will totally have you getting rid of all disbelief, but at the same time will keep your eyes on the screen, cause it is a lot of fun to watch. However, the film is overly edited with CGI, and special effects, that at times did have me question, just what the hell was going on.
There are also some funny moments, however, there’s just not enough. I wish they relied a little bit more on the humor within the film’s screenplay, rather than clunking it with just a bunch of crazy ass violence.
The cast is good here, and what adds a lot more to this film, then I expected. Liam Neeson understands what movie he’s in, and makes no attempt to make his character other than a two-dimensional good guy. Bradley Cooper has the good looks, but also the charm, spot-on timing, and enthusiasm, that makes all his crazy stuff believable. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is playing Mr. T’s role, he never brings the charm of Mr. T to the role, but yet he doesn’t substitute it with anything else, so he was just basically ehh. The most risky move in this film was casting Sharlto Copley, who has only appeared in one other movie, District 9. But I’m glad they took this step, because he’s funny, crazy, and overall the best out of the whole cast. However, I wish there was more moments between these guys, where they got to show their talents off together.
Consensus: Much like tv show, The A-Team is loud, fun, and well-acted by this weird ensemble, but is too packed on with CGI, and not enough scenes of comedy that could have made this film better.