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Friday, June 11 3:00 AM ET

Trailer Review: The A-Team

By Brian Briggs follow me on Twitter or Google Buzz

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The A-TeamThis week I take a look at the trailer for The A-Team, yet another attempt by Hollywood to cash in on 80s nostalgia on the silver screen. The A-Team as a TV series is probably more suited to film than other shows of the time. It fits the action movie genre quite well.

No doubt it was the characters on the A-Team, particularly Mr. T that made the series successful. The movie will have a hard time replacing the original actors without a backlash.

Unlike Star Trek, the A-Team universe isn't going to be reinvented. The trailer opens with the A-Team being sentenced to military prison for a period of 10 years. They're carted off to prison insisting on their innocence. As the Fox logo appears, we hear the familiar notes of The A-Team theme (updated for 2010).

Face is worried, but Hannibal, played by Liam Neeson, isn't, he's got a plan. Of course, the plan involves a lot of improvisational explosions and fisticuffs. It also looks like B. A. does a little road surfing behind a speeding van.

BAThe man who lets them escape gets a tongue lashing. He's ordered to find them, and most likely, as in the TV series he'll fail. Also, the escape involves a plane flown by the wacky Murdock, and a B. A. Baracus that doesn't like to fly. The final escape happens with the team in a cargo plane playing game of chicken with a military vehicle and lots of destroyed planes.

The A-Team escapes from prison with the help of Murdock, and the military police are on their tail. Of course the A-Team's objective will be to clear their name, and destroy a lot of vehicles, buildings, windows and logicians.

The trailer then introduces the four members of the team starting with B. A, who has "PITY" and "FOOL" tattooed on his fingers. He shows some bad guys what he's about by knocking them unconscious with some kicks and punches.

Falling TankNext, we meet the fast-talking Face. We see him tied up surrounded by enemies, but he's still cracking wise. Of course, this leads to a punch in the Face.

Then there's the crazy Murdock (or is he), who tried to start an ambulance with a defibrillator. He's the man that can fly anything with or without wings.

Lastly, there's the brains behind the operation Hannibal. He moves the plot forward by explaining that the team will be clearing their names and paying back the people who set them up.

What follows is the action montage that highlights the ridiculous stunts that the A-Team will pull to complete a mission. They involve falling from a plane in a tank, crashing through windows in a high-rise and destroying B. A.'s van.


Trailer Quicktime
Starring Liam Neeson
Jessica Biel
Director Joe Carnahan
Official Site Link
US Opening June 11, 2010
Rated PG-13 (explosions, bad attitudes)
Genre 80s TV
Explosions 6
Weapons Rifles, handguns, shotgun, humvee, SMG, cargo plane, fist, foot, assault rifles, missile, tank, turret gun, helicopter, air conditioner
Man Quotient


Déjà Vu
Oceans 15 Extreme
Geek Factor 25%
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? Yes
Follow Up Likely

Ending Prognostication: The A-Team will get payback for the people who set them up, but they will be unable to clear their name. The military police will get very close to catching them, but will be a minute too late. (taken straight from the TV series)

Fun with IMDb: From the producers who brought you Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours and That Darn Cat comes a movie from the stars of Carnival Knowledge and Night of Bloody Horror.

Conclusion on Trailer: Previous trailers I've seen for the movie did not get me very excited about the movie. This one had a different effect. I'm much more likely to go see it now after watching this trailer, so this trailer has done its job. Definitely worth watching.

Conclusion on Movie: The trailer makes me feel a bit better about this one than the previous trailers, but the special effects have me a little worried. I'm not as concerned about the replacement actors as I was before, but that could be an issue too. I'm going to guess that this one will be fun to watch, but won't win any Academy Awards.

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