I Pity The Fool....That Watches This Movie
The "A-Team?" More like the "D-Team." "D" standing for dumb as dog s***. They may major in the ridiculous in terms of getting assignments done but as a film, it fails to even grasp the attention of it's audience. Not only was the "A-Team" not fun at all to watch, it was actually rather boring. Seriously, I never seen a more boring film in my life. Nothing about this film kept my interest, as I literally had to force myself to stay interested in this film. For those that don't know, this film is essentially about a rag tag team of United States Army Rangers known only as the A-Team. A team that specializes in the ridiculous, as they're allegedly unbeatable to stop. Unfortunately, they end up in jail for a crime they didn't commit, and were forced to escape for their lives. While trying to figure out who the culprit was that framed them, in the first place.
To be honest, I never watched a single episode of the original "A-Team" show, but I'm sure it had to be a helluva a lot more entertaining than this. As not only was this film bad, but it gives a whole new definition to the word bad. As the story was ridiculously cliched and predictable. Heck, if that wasn't bad enough, the introduction to this film was even cheesy, as all these men were just Army Rangers randomly roaming the desert, so they form a team. What kind of logic is that? I don't know if the original show was like that, but that's just freaking stupid. I'd buy into it more if they were I don't know...ASSIGNED to be on the same team. Not just be like, "Oh your an Army Ranger too? Wow, what a coincidence? So am I, that means we should form a team together." Yeah, talk about unrealistic and lame. Seriously, that weak a** intro was the best they could come up with? I'm starting to wonder if Hollywood even has good writers for action films these days.
Sure, the special effects and explosions are good as expected, and I'll admit the love affair between Faceman (Bradley Cooper) and Charisa Sosa (Jessica Biel) was kind of intriguing as well. Unfortunately, the love story between them never gets fully fleshed out, nor does it ever explain why they broke up in the first place. Something that seems like "The A-Team" could have explored more on. As it would've been kind of interesting to see a bit more conflicted drama with her, since she was the one assigned to lead a squad to chase and arrest the A-Team.
However, it seems the writers and director, Joe Carnahan, were more content with having B.A. Baracus' (Quintin "Rampage" Jackson) story explored where he temporarily becomes a pacifist, after he goes to jail. Of course, we all know that doesn't last. Which leads me to my next point about this film.
As I watched this film, the acting performances came off rather stagnant, as it felt like the actors were trying to merely imitate the characters rather than actually playing their parts. Something that I'm not sure if that was their intention, but it just makes the film seem that much less interesting.
Overall, if you want to see a truly great action movie, then see "The Losers." If you want to see a piece of crap, then see "The A-Team." Indeed, it seems according to the show's intro, there's not a job that they can't handle. However, it seems we may have found out that one job they can't handle this time. That job is...producing a quality action film. That was something "The A-Team" failed to generate.