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Review: "The A-Team"

The A-Team
Two weeks ago, a movie about a crack military team was released in Singapore. Still screening at some cinemas, it survived the openings of "Toy Story 3" and "Karate Kid". If you want to see it, and the cinema operators still haven't pulled it from their schedules, then maybe you can watch... "The A-Team"!

Hahaha, okay. That was lame. And if you didn't catch the reference, it's a paraphrasing of the familiar opening monologue to "The A-Team" TV series from the 1980s.

The 2010 remake, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper, successfully re-captured the spirit and tone of the TV show. The opening 20 minutes showed how the team was brought together, but for the rest of this two-hour flick, you could believe that the four Rangers had been working together for eons.

Anyone going in expecting a story would be sorely disappointed. "The A-Team" is all about adrenaline and action. It is about impractical plans and loud explosions. It is about pulling that last ditch attempt out of the impossible and making it seem like it's all in a day's work.

Even characterizations are stretched thin, but that's all right. The easygoing banter between Faceman, Murdock and B.A. makes for an enjoyable buddy-buddy-buddy film. It is to the actors' credit that they managed to pull this off without looking like acting work. It kind of reminded me of the relationship between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the "Lethal Weapon" movies, where it seemed like these long-time friends just happened to be working together in the same movie.

Die-hard fans may be disappointed with some aspects of the movie though. Like Hannibal's indecisiveness and B.A.'s embrace of non-violence. Or *spoiler* the destruction of the black General Motors van in the opening scene. On the other hand, as mentioned above, the relationship between the characters was spot-on and a hoot to watch. Especially the back-and-forth between Murdock and B.A., those sent the audience laughing in stitches.

*spoiler alert!*
Personally, I was disappointed that the final act's grand plan was concocted by Faceman, not Hannibal. It made me have a lower impression of the ever-decisive and scheming leader that was Hannibal. On the other hand, I appreciated that perhaps it was time to "pass the baton" to his second-in-command, Faceman. I'd like to see how that plays out in the sequel, if there's one.
*end spoiler alert*

If the filmmakers' plan was to make a movie that was a fun escape from the humdrum of reality, then, well, I love it when a plan comes together.

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