Slightly Off Target
Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper,
Quinton Jackson, Sharlto
Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick
Wilson, Brian Bloom, and
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 118 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Joe Carnahan
Executive Producer: Ridley Scott, Marc Silvestri
and Ross Fanger
Producer: Stephen J. Cannell, Spike
Seldin, Tony Scott, Jules
Daly, Alex Young, and Iain
Writer: Joe Carnahan Brian Bloom and
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
The movie opens with a sequence showing how the four members of the A-Team meet. The future team members include Col. John “Hannibal” Smith, Templeton “Face” Peck, B.A. Baracus, and “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock. After rescuing Face from a drug dealer, the U.S. Army turns the four Army Rangers into a special ops team.
Cut to eight years later in Iraq and the A-Team is the Army’s special go-to unit whenever there’s a job that needs their quirky, audacious planning and execution. Working with a mysterious CIA man named Lynch, they go on a secret mission to stop stolen plates for printing U.S. currency and $1 billion, from being spirited out of the country.
The A-Team gets the plates and the money, but they are ambushed back at the base and the general who ordered them on the mission is killed. During the confusion, the money is blown up and the plates re-stolen.
The A-Team is framed for the new theft of the plates themselves. Now, they must break out of jail, expose who framed them, get back the stolen plates, and clear their names.
THE A-TEAM has many wild, exciting, intense action scenes. There are also some laugh-out-loud hilarious moments. Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper do a great job as Hannibal and Face, but Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley as B.A. and Murdock are not as interesting as the original actors who created their roles, Mr. T and Dwight Schultz (who also created a memorable character on the STAR TREK series of the 1990s). Only a few times do Jackson and Copley seem to capture the old magic and humor of their characters from the TV show, which were the most outrageous, colorful of the four A-Team members. Also, since the movie doesn’t reveal who was really behind the theft of the currency plates until the third act, the movie lacks a real villain until then.
THE A-TEAM has way too many obscenities and profanities interrupting the flow of the story. Furthermore, unlike the TV series, the movie implies three times that Face, a ladies man, goes to bed with the women he seduces to carry out the A-Team’s plans and/or to satisfy himself. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® must give THE A-TEAM a strong caution for this content.
Several times in the movie, however, Hannibal makes a point of saying that, even though it may not look like it, there’s always a Plan for everything. In the movie, this gives his famous catch phrase, “I love it when a plan comes together,” an implied reference to God and Divine Providence. Also, the movie is strongly patriotic and Pro-American. The A-Team proudly serves their country, even though they chafe at their false arrest and imprisonment. It’s too bad, therefore, that the excessive foul language and the implied references to promiscuous sex dilute and interrupt the movie’s exhilarating, fun qualities.
THE A-TEAM has many wild, exciting, thrilling action scenes. There are also some hilarious moments. Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper do a great job as Hannibal and Face, but Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley as B.A. and Murdock are not as funny and interesting as the original actors who created their roles, Mr. T and Dwight Schultz. The movie also could use a better villain. A-TEAM has strong patriotic, Pro-American content with some implied positive references to God and Divine Providence. Regrettably, there are too many obscenities and profanities, and references to one character’s off-screen promiscuous activities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.