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The A-Team (2010) on IMDb

Plot Overview

“The A–Team” movie opens with the story of their origins, which—intention­ally or not—tracks with the legend of 1930s blues­man Robert Johnson (1911–1938.) John­son was a mediocre guitar player at best, in Clarks­dale, Miss., who departed for a time and when he returned he was extraordin­arily talented, preter­naturally so. Nobody could play the way he did. He was a rock star before their time, with a mistress in every town. He played all kinds of music better than anyone else.

A legend sprung up about him due to his transformation and derived from some of his lyrics, that he had made a deal with the devil at the cross­roads, selling his soul for musical talent. Probably, since the name is common, there were two R.J.'s, the second being some kind of prodigy, but who knows? He died at age 27, poisoned by a jealous husband.

“The A–Team” opens in Mexico with captured and tortured Army Ranger Col. John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (Liam Neeson) passed out on the floor being left for the hungry Rott­weilers to finish off as his captors split. He escapes his cuffs and uses some occult means hidden in shadow to subdue the dogs. Then he runs after the Mexicans in the desert using a tracking device and happily crosses paths with another ex-Ranger Sgt. Bosco Albert ‘B.A.’ Baracus (Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson) and coopts him (“Can you drive?”) for a lift to rescue Lt. Temple­ton ‘Faceman’ Peck (Bradley Cooper) who'd jumped the gun on a planned damsel rescue and was about to be burned to death by the jealous husband.

Fantasy Island ExpressThey will pick up their fourth number: eccentric pilot Capt. H.M. ‘Howling Mad’ Murdock (Sharlto Copley) from Hospital San Vicente de Paulo, whom the director of the institution characterized as “a functioning lunatic,” and that was before he got struck by lightning. Together they form “the best clan­des­tine unit in the four branches” and after 80 operations in 8 years, they are being sent on another mission impossible where they will perform so well (amidst competition and betrayal) that one wonders how they can even do all those wall-to-wall stunts. There's no way the army can take a raw recruit and train him for it, no more than Robert Johnson could learn to play the way he did in some music school.


The ‘how was that done’ theme has its counterpart in (Prov. 30:18-19) “There be three things which are too wonder­ful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.” The eagle in the air here is Murdock who can fly any and all air­craft, though not in a way we'd be comfortable riding in.

The serpent upon a rock is the driver B.A. whose answer to Smith's question, can he drive, was, “Yes, sir. Better than any­body you've ever seen.”

old men playing chessThe way of a ship in the midst of the sea, is a nautical reference cor­res­ponding to Col. Smith who subdued the dogs as easily as the Lord calmed the storm in Matt. 8:23-26. (Matt. 8:27) “But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” He is a master planner like a chess player who always “plans two to three steps ahead.”

Peck is the lothario whose way with a maid assures him of women's cooperation, sometimes despite themselves.

Production Values

” (2010) was directed by Joe Carnahan. It was written by Joe Carnahan and Brian Bloom with input from three other sources. It stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley who comprise the A–Team. The acting consisted mostly of running and shouting, which they did athletically well, or their stunt doubles did.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for intense sequences of action and violence through­out, language and smoking. It moves fast enough that we don't have time to ponder the plot, which is just as well. This is the big screen adaptation of the popular 1980s TV series “The A–Team” created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

This is a fun, action movie par excellence. It requires but a prodigious suspension of disbelief. Expect nothing more than the popcorn movie version of the original series.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action-packed fun. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Video Occasion: When you've nothing better to do. Special effects: Absolutely amazing special effects. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.