Synopsis: Four members of an elite Special Forces unit accept a top secret mission to recover US Treasury Plates in the possession of Iraqi insurgents. They are successful in their mission but when the plates are stolen by members of a private security firm and the man who authorized the mission is killed, they are sent to federal prison. Six months later, they break out and go on a mission to clear their name.
What I liked about this movie: I grew up watching the show this movie is based off of an even take the time to watch re-runs of that series on occasion. So, when this movie came out, I honestly had some doubts about it. But, I have to admit, this was much better than I was expecting it to be.
First of all, the action sequences (and there were plenty) were fantastic. Just like the original series, you see bits and pieces of the planning but they leave just enough out where everything is still a surprise. And, let’s face it, the 1980s version didn’t have the A-Team members trying to fly a falling tank or escaping a sinking and exploding freighter. I actually regretted not seeing this in the theater and there aren’t a lot of movies that will do that.
One of my major concerns about this film was how I would feel about new actors playing roles that were pretty much owned by George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Mr. T and Dwight Schultz. However, I was definitely impressed. Three of the four (more on that in a minute) were very believable in their roles and there were times when I felt Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (who played B.A. Baracus) and Sharlto Copley (who played H.M. Murdock) outperformed their predecessors.
I also liked the fact the movie took the time to not only introduce the characters but give us a little more background about how they originally became a team. That’s something the television series didn’t do.
What I didn’t like about this movie: As I mentioned before, three of the four A-Team actors did a decent job in their roles. I, however, was really not all that impressed with Liam Neeson as John “Hannibal” Smith. There were times when he reminded me a bit too much of his Jedi character Qui-Gon Jinn and, other times, I felt like I was watching someone do a really bad Peppard impression.
I also wasn’t a huge fan of Jessica Biel in this movie. She didn’t necessary do a bad job but I do feel her character really didn’t do enough to make her much more than a love interest/pretty face. I hate it when movies waste a well-known actor/actress on what really wasn’t much more than a minor role.
Final Opinion: As I said before, I kind of regret not seeing this movie when it was at the theater because of the special effects. And, even without those, I think this still would have been a very good film.
Average Netflix Grade: 3.8 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 4 stars.