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The A-Team (2010) Movie Review

June 12, 2010

“The A-Team” is composed primarily of four bad-ass military types who do outlandish things others might consider ridiculous or just batshit insane.  Faceman (Bradley Cooper) is easily the star of the show with his witty jokes and charming smile.  Hannibal (Liam Neeson) is slightly more level-headed while still quite the jokester.  He is usually the brains of the operation.  B.A. Baracus (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson) is a huge black dude with a Mohawk and the words pity and fool printed on his knuckles.  When he gets mad he screams “Ima kill you fool!”.  Finally we have Murdock (Sharlto Copley) a mentally insane airplane pilot who thrives off crazy stunts that put him on the edge of survival.  The A-Team starts the movie on a mission but they are set up before they can finish.  They are sent to prison, break out, and then fight to get their revenge and prove their innocence.

The movie is primarily focused on the action but never takes itself very seriously.  The jokes are great on occasion but the action largely falls flat due to poor camera work and poor sound mixing.  Many of the major action sequences are hard to follow because the cameras move around too much.  Making matters worse, few action scenes are shown in chronological order.  A number of scenes cut back and forth between the explanation of the mission and the actual execution shown simultaneously.  It is extremely distracting and never lets the action scenes gain the momentum needed to be exciting.  The audio is mixed poorly in these same scenes with sound effects that are so loud that they drown out any music that should be building up the energy.  Alan Silvestri supposedly wrote an orchestral action soundtrack but if he did, the editors don’t use it properly.

“The A-Team” is a decent action movie that is messed up by poor camera work, poor audio mixing and poor execution.  Even when some of the major twists were revealed, they didn’t have much of an impact because I wasn’t engaged in the plot.  If you are looking for a big summer action movie, you will have to look elsewhere.  “The A-Team” doesn’t have what it takes to beat the competition.



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