Four American soldiers who are in Iraq are sent on a mission to recover plates for printing 100 dollar bills that were used to print a billion dollars. After doing the job and returning to the base their commanding officer is killed in an explosion and the plates are stolen by another operative. They would be court martialed and sent to different prisons. 6 months later, the leader, Hannibal Smith is visited by a CIA spook who tells him he knows where the man who took the plates is and wants him and his men to recover it. So he helps him escape and he breaks out the others and they go after the plates. But after doing it, they discover that the spook might not be ok. And a military intelligence officer who was involved with one of them is pursuing them.Written by
The new Alpha Team cannot even be an Omega Team for good. Even so i liked its entertaining manner.
The Alpha Team, the heroes for hire, are back. But whom are they hired by? Nobody. This time they keep running away from the U.S. Military army justice, while trying to justify themselves. To beat the rap, to be cleared of blame they need to put the blame on someone else, right? And who is gonna that? CIA does. SuperMan, the flying guy from Krypton story with a family of Gods and Goddesses, has more brains than this.
Well, it's an action film, who cares about the concept? OK. If so.
All the critics and complaints were about the shaky camera technique, the quick-cut editing style when it comes to action. I'm not gonna say everyone's right, but they are not totally wrong either. The main issue is Director of Photography and Visual Effects. If you are not able to frame a good action scene in choosing the camera distance, zoom and aperture ; in the fear of looking so fake, then you can only be annoying. I'm repeating: Because of the effort of Visual Effects to be seen more realistic, the perfection of eye-view is being taken away. This is not new. It was just like the same issue with Quantum of Solace of James Bond. This only fits well with high-budget FPS action games on play-station(e.g. Call of Duty).
Well, it's a character-driven fun and exciting mob movie, who cares if the action is only good as play-station games? OK. If so.
The characters. Who can say Hannibal, Murdock, Faceman or B.A. is better than the original? One of the few things I liked about this remake is the characters are introduced in a very cool way, instead of the opening credits. Best of all is the B.A's intro, with his tattoos on his body, Quinton Jackson brought about an entertaining "voila!" and kept the entertainment at high. Quinton was the only one I liked from the cast. Liam Neeson as Hannibal is trying to give a new dimension to the big shot character, his Hannibal Smith turned out to be a tasteless watermelon as Annabell Smith. Faceman is down too, but Bradley Cooper had nothing less than Dirk Benedict to play Faceman; sadly the script messes up with him. I want to add a big major complaint here: Originally Faceman is never ever became the leader of the crew, nor ever his ideas been appreciated by Hannibal. Hannibal had always thought that Faceman is just a great diplomat. But in the film we never saw Faceman's diplomatic success. Murdock as District 9's Sharlto Copley, he killed the good out of Murdock, the "Howling Mad" Dwight Schultz character must have been as cool and as funny as Jim Carrey. Original Howling Mad has very unique skills, other than operating helicopters, he is a great way to distract the enemy. In war, the key for victory lies in the ways of distracting the enemy. But who is aware of that? They talk about M.Gandhi, but they got no any idea about war strategies. Supposedly they are the best Iraq war vets. It was a promising film, but sadly it's a failure. Finally, I tell you the worst part: Jessica Biel as army general. When she shouts to order her subordinates, and even yells at somebody; everyone just chops her off. What a commander out of blue!
It's easy to find a remake annoying with holding a candle to its original. But looking at all those remakes of this summer, this year, and the recent years; A-Team 2010 is one step before most of them. It's a visual fest, full of action sequences, just between your breathes and blinking. But again, just don't call them A-Team, these new guys can only be an O-Team. It's not Alpha Team; it's Omega Team.
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