Synopsis: A group of war veterans must clear their names after being framed.
Release Date: June 11, 2010 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Go ahead, have some fun. The four main characters in this movie surely are and joining in only seems like the rational thing to do. Foregoing any real backstory to any of the characters, and therefore never being concerned with character development, “A-Team” just delivers action, comedy, and a band of four men who ooze chemistry and clearly enjoy being around each other. As Army Rangers they love their job and their country. When they are set up and convicted for a crime they did not commit, involving some stolen property from the United States government, they are called into action to clear their names. Each portion of their mission it is treated like a sport. Part brains and part brawn, they assemble the parts, strategize, and play the game like adrenaline junkies. This in turn radiates back to the viewer making you excited for what will come next and what trick they have planned. “A-Team” is a simple film with a simple mission: to entertain. The mission has been completed successfully and without casualties.
As the action unfolds continuously and the film moves around from location to location the supreme editing holds on to the needed continuity and also gives balance. Action scenes are great, but when a film is filled with them a little breathing room is appreciated. Jim May, the editor, has taken the liberty to do just that for the viewer. As the action unfolds he cuts between, for example, two helicopter’s chasing each other and spinning upside down (yes, a helicopter upside down – it is as cool as you may be imagining) to an interior helicopter shot of the conversations between the occupants. Not of just the good guys, per se, but also of the enemies. These are quick cuts, lasting seconds and only containing a line or two of dialogue, but they help to give much more to the scene. Not only are you engaged because of the turbulent excitement the action brings you but also from the connection between characters that exists both within the visual action sequence and outside of it. These characters become more real by not just being a part of the scene but by being “in” the scene. This is achieved by the seamless use of the fragments through the editing for each inserted scene gives that needed dimension of realness, and playfulness, to offset the obsessive amount of action in the film.
Cast and Crew
- Director(s): Joe CarnahanTony ScottSpike Seldin
- Producer(s): Iain SmithAlex YoungJoe CarnahanBrian BloomSkip WoodsLiam Neeson (Hannibal)
- Screenwriter(s): Bradley Cooper (Face)Jessica Biel (Charisa Sosa)Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (B.A. Baracus)
- Story: Sharlto Copley (Murdock)
- Cast: Patrick Wilson (Lynch) Mauro FioreCharles Wood
- Editor(s): Betsy Heimann
- Cinematographer: Alan SilvestriHydraulx
- Production Designer(s): Proof
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- Casting Director(s): Digital DomainSoho VFX
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