Soap Opera Weekly: 6/25/10

If you’re looking for an over-the-top, fun action movie this weekend, why not try The A-Team? If the big-screen adaptation of the iconic 1980s TV series seems to be struggling a bit at the box office, there is one person nobody can blame: Brian Bloom, who formerly played AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Dusty. Bloom not only features in The A-Team as cold-fish bad guy Pike (Get it?), he also co-wrote the screenplay! What more do you want the guy to do — sell you popcorn in the lobby?

I have seen the movie, and I can tell you it is an excellent reimagining and expansion of the TV series. The best material goes to Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) as lady-killer “Face,” but everyone gets his moment, including Ultimate Fighting champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracus, and Sharlto Copley (District 9) as Murdock. Liam Neeson adds dramatic heft as Col. Hannibal Smith. The plot concerns stolen printing plates for counterfeiting U.S. currency, and provides plenty of excuses to travel the globe, blowing stuff up and trading quips. Bloom is quite sinister as the bloodless Pike, and I certainly did not trust him after his first appearance.

But you can trust Bloom to deliver a highly entertaining popcorn movie.

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Review: The A-Team (2010)

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The plan for The A-Team was to adapt a cheesy 1980s action TV series for the big screen by distilling its spirit and repackaging it with 21st century effects, and, to quote Col. John “Hannibal” Smith himself: “I love it when a plan comes together.”

Loud, fast-moving, violent and filled with explosions and wisecracks, it’s hard to imagine a more faithful adaptation of the explosion-laden, wisecracking TV series. Befitting the larger venue, the movie characters feel bigger: Bradley Cole’s Templeton “Faceman” Peck is much more in-your-face; brash and boastful, rather than coolly confident. B.A. Baracus gets fleshed out much more fully by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson than Mr. T was ever allowed to do on the small screen. And Sharlto Copley’s (District 9) “Howlin’ Mad” Murdock is completely divorced from reality – touching down only occasionally to refuel before taking off on another flight of fancy. Only mastermind Hannibal seems smaller than he was on TV, perhaps because Liam Neeson, as the acting heavyweight in the cast, chooses to actually play him as a thinker, even though his plans are even more outrageous than the wild scams George Peppard dreamed up on a weekly TV budget.
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