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Film Review: The A-Team

PUBLISHED: 13:27 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:10 24 August 2010

WHAT could raise an exhausted hack with an expectant girlfriend from a coma-like slumber in a comfortable cinema seat? writes Alex Wellman. The loudest and most action-packed film ever witnessed, that s what. The A-Team, for those unfamiliar, was a huge T

WHAT could raise an exhausted hack with an expectant girlfriend from a coma-like slumber in a comfortable cinema seat? writes Alex Wellman.

The loudest and most action-packed film ever witnessed, that's what.

The A-Team, for those unfamiliar, was a huge TV show in the 1980's in which four Vietnam veterans are jailed for a crime they did not commit.

The film adaptation is basically the same except everything is turned up to the max.

It begins with an introduction to the four main characters - Hannibal (Liam Neeson), BA Baracus (Quinton Jackson), Face (Bradley Cooper) and Murdock (Sharlto Copley) - and how they came to be The A-Team.

Fast forward a few missions and the quartet, the best in the business, are in Iraq and about to start a mission to retrieve a printing press.

Double crossed, they are jailed but manage to break out and try to clear their name through various plans which do and do not come together.

While some films stay with you long after the credits roll through their dramatic oomph, The A-Team stays with you through having battered your ears, eyes and mind for almost two hours.

Never before have ears been so bruised and ringing from various explosions, gunshots and punches projected onto a screen.

If Spinal Tap get amps made to 11 to make them louder then this film has got one almost hitting treble figures.

The action too is totally unrelenting. Barely a minute goes by without some sort of explosion, fight or chase.

It is all done extremely well too with a piece where a tank falls from the sky and is steered using the main gun one of the more memorable.

The four main actors are terrific and the only gripe is that BA is given an annoying 'caring' side for a large section of the film.

Ok, as an action film it is hardly up to the sophisticated standards of The Dark Knight or Inception but then this is for a completely different audience.

This is for teenage boys and it delivers in spades for them.

Utterly ridiculous but great fun.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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