The question arises, who, exactly, was screaming for an A-Team movie? Well, judging from the weekend box office, not as many people as the studio likely hoped, seeing as how the film grossed about half of what The Karate Kid took in. Besides losing the battle of ’80s nostalgia this week, the mere creation of an A-Team movie is a bit strange. The plot is nothing special, acting as a collection of action movie standards as a frame for what amounts to an origin story for the A-Team. Like the series, the movie follows four soldiers who are a part of a military squad specializing in outlandish, over-the-top missions. This leads to a bevy of absurd action set pieces that work simply because the director Joe Carnahan understands the inherent goofiness of the popcorn movie. The problem becomes that the movie, well, keeps going. The film gradually, slowly exhausts itself after showing so much promise early on. No one’s able to keep the action up, until the entire movie climaxes into a convoluted font of noisiness. You can almost feel The A-Team slowly lose momentum.
Director: John Singleton
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell and Bruce Feirstein
Producer: Stephen J. Cannell, Jules Daly and Ridley Scott
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, Maury Sterling and Gerald McRaney