The fastest way to moviegoers’ wallets is through their sense of nostalgia, and the big-screen A-Team
gets all the character details of the notoriously violent ’80s-era action series just right. Sadly, limp action sequences, bland villains, and a cliche-riddled screenplay prevent director/co-writer Joe Carnahan’s plan from coming together.
Nostalgia in cinema isn’t a bad thing as long as there’s a certain level of quality control in play; when it’s used as the means to an end, the mood can shift from fun to stale relatively fast. Such is the case in Carnahan’s A-Team, a film that could have been cartoon anarchy along the lines of Charlie’s ...