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Jimmy Loves Everything... The A-Team

Still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if nobody can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire, the A-Team.

I grew up on the classic 80s television show that showcased ridiculous explosions, gunfights, and action sequences. And who could forget the heroic theme music! Amazeballs! I tuned in every week.

But that's not what we're talking about today. I'm of course referring to the 2010 instant classic film, The A-Team!

I love seeing movies in the theater, and I make it a point to watch a big blockbuster every year on my birthday. It just so happened that in 2010, June 11, fell on a Friday. I was treated to a monumental decision between two 80s updates, The Karate Kid and The A-Team. Luckily I chose the latter and was thrilled to witness the second best movie ever released on my birthday (the first is and always will be Jurassic Park in 1993. It was my 16th birthday).

Unfortunately the population as a whole did not agree with me as The Karate Kid starring Jayden Smith won the box office and The A-Team was almost immediately labeled a bomb despite being profitable. Sequel plans were scrapped and a potential franchise quietly died. I have no hope for a second story from that film, but, I'd like to shine some light on a solid action film from 2010.

I would never tell him this, but they are the best at what they do, and they specialize in the ridiculous. - Captain Charisa Sosa

That summer audiences were treated to an explosive display of action, camaraderie, and witty banter in The A-Team, a reboot of the classic 1980s TV series of the same name. Starring a star-studded cast including Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, and Patrick Wilson, the movie brought together a perfect blend of nostalgia and modern-day filmmaking to create an experience that left fans craving more.

The heart of The A-Team lies in its ensemble cast. Each actor brought their unique charisma to the table, forming a team that resonated with both old fans and new audiences. Liam Neeson's commanding presence as Hannibal Smith, Bradley Cooper's suave charm as Face, Sharlto Copley's unpredictable and hilarious Murdock, and Quinton Jackson's tough yet endearing B.A. Baracus combined to create a team dynamic that was both entertaining and emotionally engaging.

There's a plan in everything, kid, and I love it when a plan comes together. - Colonel John 'Hannibal' Smith

From daring escapes to intense shootouts, The A-Team was a rollercoaster of adrenaline-fueled action sequences. Director Joe Carnahan expertly choreographed visually stunning stunts that pushed the boundaries of what was possible on screen. The film struck a balance between high-octane action and moments of clever problem-solving, showcasing the team's ingenuity and resourcefulness.

While The A-Team offered a fresh take on the iconic team, it remained faithful to the spirit of the original TV series. By paying homage to the source material while modernizing the characters and their missions, the movie managed to capture the essence that made the show beloved, introducing it to a new generation. Perhaps the greatest part, we got a prequel of sorts that explained the backstory for the television series. I could be wrong, give me a break I was only in my single digits during the original show's run, but we had always heard the story, but never saw the real reason why our soldiers of fortune were on the run. Now we we're in the know!

I was an airborne ranger before I met you.... One helicopter ride with you screws it up. - Sergeant Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus

The movie excelled not only in action but also in humor. The script was peppered with witty one-liners and comedic moments, often delivered by the charismatic cast. Sharlto Copley's Murdock, in particular, stood out for his eccentricity and ability to generate laughs even in the midst of tense situations.

The A-Team featured a compelling plot that revolved around the team being framed for a crime they didn't commit and their mission to clear their names. The narrative was rife with twists and turns, keeping audiences engaged and invested in the outcome. The film's intricate plot allowed each character to shine individually, showcasing their unique skills and contributions to the team's success. I'll admit, the final action sequence was the weak point, but that's only because the previous scenes were truly amazing. My favorite will always be the full team's escape in a transport plane which ended in tank.

Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? - Flight Control Commander

No, they're trying to fly that tank. - Captain Charisa Sosa

Jessica Biel's character, Charissa Sosa, added depth to the movie beyond the central team dynamics. She brought a strong, capable female presence to the story, contributing to the film's diversity and promoting inclusivity.

In stark contrast, we have Patrick Wilson's inept, overly confident, Lynch. I love how his character is basically a video gamer trying to pull off his digital skills in the real world. Much like the movie itself, I feel like Wilson is an amazing actor that is constantly underrated. I can't say I've seen everyone of his movies, but I will note that every time he's in a movie, I enjoy his performance.

Wow, that's awesome! That looks exactly like Call Of Duty, doesn't it? - Lynch

While The A-Team was a box office success, it unfortunately didn't generate the franchise it deserved. The film ended on a note that hinted at even more daring escapades for the team, leaving audiences hungry for a sequel that would further explore the characters and their relationships.

In conclusion, The A-Team film delivered an exhilarating and satisfying cinematic experience that combined nostalgia, explosive action, witty humor, and memorable characters. The exceptional chemistry of the cast, combined with the nostalgia-inducing reimagining of a beloved TV show, made the film a standout in its genre. The potential for further adventures and character development was undeniable. And this is why, despite the harsh truth that too much time has passed for my dream to become reality , I will always advocate that the A-Team needs a sequel. Since we aren't likely to get that, I highly recommend a renewed viewing of this highly underrated action flick.

Alpha, Michael, Foxtrot! In other words, Adios... Mother... ! - Lieutenant Templeton 'Faceman' Peck

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