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2.0 out of 5 stars The B-Team More Than The A-Team, 5 April 2013
This review is from: The A-Team [DVD] (DVD)
This film version of 'The A-Team' is nowhere near as good as the original. Whereas each episode of the TV series was strongly plot-driven, if a little formulaic, The A-Team of 2010 is basically just a crude mash-up of fantastical (but largely harmless) violence, guns and hardware, with very little actual storyline to speak of. This film is also marred by constant background musical accompaniment, an annoying feature of so many movie thrillers today and always a sure sign that we are watching something meant for the brainless. Certainly, anyone with an attention span of 10 seconds or less will probably like this, or at least not mind watching it. Others should give it a miss.

Liam Neeson is a surprising choice to portray 'Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith', and I found him unconvincing in the role. Neeson is a good actor but he has a quiet, passive orientation to his craft, whereas 'Smith' is a strong leadership character. Think of George Peppard, the actor who portrayed the original Hannibal, and you should get the picture. Among contemporary players, it's a role better-suited to an actor like George Clooney. Similar observations could be made about the other members of this 'B-Team', for they are colourless, lifeless and anonymous. 'Howlin' Mad Murdoch', a wonderful invention of the original series, didn't raise a laugh with me here. The actor who portrays 'Face' is better cast, to be fair, but even so he still comes across as tepid to me and sorely lacking the easy charm and charisma of Dirk Benedict. And the B.A. in this movie is definitely Beta, not Alpha. In short, we are watching the B-Team. They should have stayed at home and left it to the real A-Team - this film should not have been made.
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