The A Team
Carnahan and the Scott brothers say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.
I had high hopes for “The A Team”, the new film based on the TV series which aired in the eighties. Unfortunately, I like the TV show better. Although the actors who take over the roles of the ensemble, such as Liam Neeson as Hannibal (George Peppard’s old role), Bradley Cooper as Face (formerly Dirk Benedict), and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. (Mr. T’s old role) do a good job in recreating the characters, this movie rapidly races ahead with so much story to tell and non-stop action and violence that it never settles down long enough for the viewer to become comfortable. It is a bit chaotic as the film crams in the past of the A Team, how they got started after being imprisoned, the new task at hand and even hints at future adventures. There was just too much going on. Not to mention the at-times cartoonish heroics and non-stop explosions.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of violence and, unlike the TV series, very strong language and a lot of it. These content issues as well as the sexual content prohibit us from awarding our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie as a family-friendly-film. Why not take your family to see the new “Karate Kid” movie this weekend, which is another remake but is very good and is also Dove approved.