THE A-TEAM (15)
D: Joe Carnahan
20th Century Fox/Dune/Top Cow/Scott Free (Stephen J.
Cannell, Tony Scott, Spike Seldin, Jules Daly, Alex Young & Iain Smith)
US 🇺🇸 2010
W: Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom & Skip Woods [based on
characters from the TV show created by Stephen J. Cannell & Frank Lupo)
DP: Mauro Fiore
Ed: Roger Barton
Mus: Alan Silvestri
Liam Neeson (Hannibal), Bradley Cooper (Face), Jessica
Biel (Charissa Sosa), Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (B.A. Baracus), Sharlto Copley (Murdock), Patrick Wilson (Lynch)
If the original TV series happened to have been
created and filmed by Michael Bay, this would have been a highly faithful transition to the big screen. As is, the only resemblance this bears to the iconic 80's programme are
the character names of the gung-ho quartet, although the casting is less than impressive. Liam Neeson is passable as Hannibal & Sharlto Copley is pretty madcap as Murdoch,
but Quinton Jackson & Bradley Cooper don't quite shape up as B.A. and Face, the former arguably the hardest part to cast since nobody would have been successful stepping into Mr.
T's shoes for a role which made the TV star a household name. God knows what the casting director was thinking with Jessica Biel. So wooden, trees get jealous!
Even the plot is a pale comparison to the TV show,
lacking the cheesy situations the group get themselves in, often escaping from certain death by building something useful from the scrap they find at hand, although in this movie they
do fly a tank. Honestly.
Clearly a lot of money was spent on the
production, but to the majority of fans of the original show this would be deemed a waste. It simply isn't The A-Team, more like The Zzz-Team.