You can’t help but recognize it as soon as you hear it. That simple intro and tune that you instantly relate to the “A-Team.” I’m sure you’re very aware by now that an “A-Team” movie is coming out June 11 and all of your favorite characters are back: Murdock (Sharlto Copley of “District 9”), Hannibal (Liam Neeson of “Taken”), B.A. Baracus (UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) and Faceman (Bradley Cooper of “The Hangover”). So you are either thinking one of two things right now, “Man I loved that show, can’t wait for the movie!” or “Another popular television show has been made into a movie? Really? With what we pay for movie tickets nowadays, can’t Hollywood come up with an original idea?”
I am in between those two opinions right now, because I am old enough to remember the television show, but not old enough to have been a faithful watcher or a fan. The “A-Team” show started in January 1983 and had a run of five seasons. The show had a pretty basic premise; in fact, the too-simple premise and story helped this hit show to dramatically drop in ratings in the end of its third season. They attempted to change things up and add new characters in season four, but to no avail. The show was canceled and never finished filming its fifth season.
So now it’s a big Hollywood movie and we are all supposed to go out and watch it. Well, after watching many clips and trailers I can tell you what this movie is doing right. It’s not taking itself too seriously, just like the show never did. From watching the behind-the-scenes video below, you see lots of action and stunts, some comedy and the most important part is that you see the group of actors joking during takes and also around the set. You need that young and fun attitude with a movie like this. Essentially it’s going to be a fun action movie, with comedy, hopefully good combat scenes and effects, and, of course, all of the famous lines the fans want to hear, such as “I love it when a plan comes together.”
Much like last year’s smash hit “Star Trek,” this new “A-Team” is a re-imagining and an up-to-date version of the show to make the old fans happy and conceivably bring a new generation of fans to admire the show and genre.
Just like the with the show, the fearless foursome have escaped from a military prison after being falsely accused of a major crime and military officials are in hot pursuit, including one of Face’s former flames, Jessica Biel. Directing the movie is Joe Carnahan (“Smokin’ Aces”) and he has said that he wanted to pay homage to the show, but that “you can only do so much of that in a $100 million movie.” He was also quoted as saying, “I want people to come in there with low expectations so we can knock them on their ass.”
So will you want to see this movie and why? Let us know at right.
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