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. Joe Carnahan directs this high-octane actioner.
I will say this movie is a worthy remake (or reboot) of its 1980’s TV series predecessor. Both had preposterous situations but also just a lot of fun. I was reminded of the Transformer movies during this as there were lots of explosions, enemy fire, and falling debris. We have characters constantly escaping certain death and never once did I fear for any of our heroes.
There are no gray characters. We just have good guys taking on the bad guys. The friendship in the TV series seemed more genuine.
My only problem is the Jessica Biel character. Although she cannot act and her only purpose is to be eye candy, it doesn’t work here. This formula works really well with Megan Fox in the Transformer movies but not here. Here’s why, a girl just doesn’t belong with The A-Team. It didn’t work for Melinda Culea and Marla Heasley in the TV series, it doesn’t work for Jessica Biel.
I want to say to the women readers I feel the same way about Sex in the City. A guy would not belong at the same table with Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. Yes I did watch the TV series, no to your second question and it would have been Cynthia Nixon.
Watching this movie will not make you any smarter but it was fun. It was a good escape. I am giving this one 3 stars and putting it in the category of “guilty pleasures” in my movie folder. Other movies in this category are Road House, Lethal Weapon and Independence Day.
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