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Theres more action, more adventure and more attitude in The A-Team Extended Edition, which includes a never-before-seen version of the film with spectacular added footage not shown in theaters!Buckle up for an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride starring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Rampage Jackson and Sharlto Copley. Convicted by a military court for a crime they didnt commit, a daring team of former Special Forces soldiers must utilize their unique talents to break out of prison and tackle their toughest mission yet. Its going to take guts, split-second timing and an arsenal of explosive weapons...this is a job for The A-Team!
Give it up to the A-Team: they've always been good at demolishing things in big, big ways. Freed from the confines of the 1980s TV series, the 2010 blockbuster movie version allows the four members of the paramilitary squad to really amp up the mayhem to newly crazed heights. Liam Neeson plays team leader Hannibal Smith (inheriting the cigar-chomping from the show's George Peppard), and pro wrestler Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is "B.A." Baracus, the TV show's most iconic character (insert Mr. T "I pity the fool" joke here). As the vain Face, Bradley Cooper preens in convincing fashion, and District 9 out-of-nowhere star Sharlto Copley plays the unhinged pilot "Howlin' Mad" Murdock. These boys are on the trail of some money-counterfeiting plates, from Bagdad to Germany to places in between. It would be understating it to say that the plot is not of primary importance, although Patrick Wilson has some fun as a CIA official and Jessica Biel occasionally strikes poses as Face's ex-flame, now a military officer displeased with the A-Team's extra-legal shenanigans. The storytelling is insipid and half-hearted--but when it comes to snarky dialogue and two-fisted action scenes, director Joe Carnahan is in his comfort zone. It's reasonably fun watching the working-out of such logistical puzzles as dropping a tank (with crew inside) from a plane, or scattering the main characters on a dockside as cargo containers rain down from a ship looming above them. Good times, although is it asking too much for certain basic laws of physics (if you drop a human body ten stories, for instance, it might actually sustain injuries) to be used as a guideline? But worrying about such matters isn't in the spirit of The A-Team, which cheerfully ignores the petty concerns of credibility and logic. --Robert Horton
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Plot? Nah. These are the standard war vets framed for something they didn't do, so they have to get out of prison and clear their names. You know the drill... There are so many crosses, double-crosses and flip-flops that I lost track. The dialogue is very funny, the situations are absurd, the characters are easy on the eye and we laugh out loud right on cue. After you get the DVD from Amazon.com, call a friend, buy a six-pack....
Here are the players:
* Liam Neeson ("Clash of the Titans") is the team leader, creative and clever.
* Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover") is the handsome one, sexy and funny.
* Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson ("Never Surrender") has a spiritual crisis to overcome.
* Sharlto Copley ("District 9") plays crazy better than anyone.
* Patrick Wilson ("Watchmen") is everyone in the CIA named Lynch?
* Jessica Biel ("Valentine's Day") shares a past with the handsome one.
* Gerald McRaney (lots of TV) is a beloved general.
Is the ending ever in doubt? Nope, but you'll sure have a good time!
Hannibal and BA are great and Lynch is more entertaining here than the show-version. Face falls victim to Bradley Cooper's star power but it's ok because Murdock steals the whole movie anyway.
My one annoyance is the extended version is the best way to watch this and it's long, clocking in at 133 minutes, but the theatrical version cuts too much of the funny out, making it little more than one giant explosion or action scene after another. Plus, bonus scenes and bloopers are included with the extended version and that's always fun!
The movie captures all the fun of the TV show without sacrificing the characters to the dreaded 'modernization' that you get with most movies made from 80's TV shows.
You will instantly recognize all the characters. Hannibal, Face. Howling Mad Murdoch. BA! The gang is all there. the original Murdoch and Face make cameos. There is even a reference to Dwight Shultz's (the original Murdoch) character on Star Trek The Next Generation as the name Reginald Barclay appears in the credits of a movie the characters watch.
They do update the plot for the modern ear. Instead of the A Team being Vietnam vets wrongly accused of robbing a Vietnamese bank, they are Iraqi war vets accused of stealing US money printing plates stolen by the Iraqis. The other update is that they hit their targets when they shoot (in the TV show thousands of rounds would be fired but no one would ever get hit)
All in all you will love this remake of a classic show.
The plot and stunts do get a little ridiculous, but they are fun. It's not a great war movie. It's not a great drama. But it's a great fun action movie worth 2 hours of your time!
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