Here is Eric’s on-camera review of “The A-Team,” which will be broadcast on KTKA-49‘s 6-o’clock news tonight.
At the end of “The A-Team,” a huge supertanker is exploded and an aerial view makes the 100 or so enormous box cars strewn all over the port look like little Lego toys. And that’s essentially how this movie—a remake of the cheesy 80s action TV show—approaches its script.
“The A-Team” is nothing more than a series of ridiculously impossible action scenes where the actors and their machines are like Legos being moved around a giant playset. This loyal band of military misfits—led by Liam Neeson—uses trucks, vans, planes, helicopters, and tanks in ways that defy all logic. And they do it for no other apparent reason than to outdo the preceding ridiculously impossible action scene.
And you know what? It’s fun. Because the film has a winking sense of humor, it gets away with murder. Well, more murder than the TV show at least, which was famous for never killing anyone.
At times, “The A-Team” may remind you of how profoundly the TV show actually influenced some of the worst action flicks of the 80s, but it’s also an energetic and brisk 100 minutes of self-aware, over-the-top craziness. As Neeson says in the film in what may be considered its thesis: “Overkill is underrated.”