The A-Team

  • 12
  • Joe Carnahan (2010)
  • US / UK
  • 113 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The big-screen remake of the fondly remembered 1980s TV series frequently doffs its cap to the original, but is too brash and loud to retain any of its charm. Col "Hannibal" Smith (Liam Neeson) and his crack squad of covert operatives are wrongfully jailed after an army general is murdered in Iraq during a mission to steal back printing plates capable of flooding the world with millions of counterfeit US dollars. Cue an increasingly outlandish series of stunts, as the team break out of their respective prisons and set out on the trail of those responsible for the frame-up. Director Joe Carnahan piles on the explosions and gunfights with a heavy hand and at the expense of any characterisation, with a hammy Neeson chomping the scenery almost as much as his ever-present cigar. District 9 star Sharlto Copley is a likeable presence as "Howlin' Mad" Murdock, but Jessica Biel's role as a high-flying military policewoman feels awkwardly tacked-on to provide an unnecessary romantic subplot.

Plot Summary

Action adventure based on the popular 1980s TV series, starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. Four American soldiers serving in Iraq are wrongly convicted and sent to prison following the death of a senior officer during a secret operation. While incarcerated they receive information that they were framed, so decide to escape and begin an effort to clear their names.

Cast and crew


Col John "Hannibal" Smith
Liam Neeson
Lt Templeton "Faceman" Peck
Bradley Cooper
Capt Charissa Sosa
Jessica Biel
Sgt BA Baracus
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Capt HM "Howlin' Mad" Murdock
Sharlto Copley
Patrick Wilson
General Morrison
Gerald McRaney
Director McCready
Henry Czerny
Pensacola prisoner Milt
Dirk Benedict
German doctor 1
Dwight Schultz
Crazy Howard Little
Stefan Arngrim
Other Lynch
Jon Hamm


Joe Carnahan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Jul 2010
Certificate 12