Jun 152010
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

Time to lock and load.

As the relay of summer action movies continues, so opened last the “The A-Team,” a flashy remake of the ‘80s TV series of the same name. The film depicts the high-profile adventures of four former Army Rangers, played by Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Sharlto Copley.

Starting in Iraq, these soldiers are given a hush-hush assignment to track down some stolen United States’ currency printing plates. It turns out this assignment is a set up, and the four main characters are court-martialed and falsly imprisoned.

After escaping, the protagonists devise countless elaborate plans to get even with the person who set them up.

The cast does well to keep the movie going, especially at times when the plot slows down to a snails pace, and Neeson as John “Hannibal” Smith and Cooper as Templeton “Faceman” Peck especially stand out.

Neeson commands every scene that he’s in, and seeing him act alongside “Rampage” Jackson certainly felt out of place. Overall the cast got plenty of laughs and were a pleasing group, although for some reason Cooper had a tendency to lose his shirt and Copely’s off the wall character got annoying by the end.

As for what most viewers are going to see this film for, the big explosions and action sequences, they can be labeled as over the top and impossible. Look for the flying tank attached to a parachute that’s shooting down airplanes.

This is the movie’s bread and butter, and there is absolutely no shortage of it. Toward the end, some of these sequences feel stale and cheezy, but for the most part these scenes are the strengths of the movie.

Unfortunately the plot fails to capitalize on any excitement that the action sequences produce. Every serious scene in the movie acts like a road block to its own ultimate success. This movie is not supposed to be realistic. It’s made to be showy, loud and in your face. It’s a shame that the film isn’t amped up to the max the entire time, and the movie suffers for it.

The catch phrase repeated by the titular characters after the completion of a mission, “I love it when a plan comes together,” ironically does not accurately describe the overall success of the film itself.

“The A-Team” does not come together like one of Hannibal’s planned missions; the story takes itself too seriously, the script is all over the place, the ending is extremely unintelligent and provides absolutely no closure and the acting is hit or miss.

Although not a perfectly executed plan, “The A-Team” is a fun summer flick with action sequences that most audiences will appreciate enough to see.

Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com.

Coming next week

Toy Story 3

The third film of this endearing franchise is looking to be just as good as the first two. With both friendly faces and new toys coming to the show this time around, audiences are sure to like this one. Pixar probably has another gem on their hands.

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