What's with all the swashbuckling this summer? 'Robin Hood,' 'The Prince of Persia'? Bring on the state-of-the-art pyrotechnics. In short, we wanna see things blow up. Ah, but look who has just arrived, smelling of petrol and fine cigars. It's 'The A-Team,' just in time.

'The A-Team' brings back the most beloved and explosive-friendly TV mercenaries of the 1980s. The deck is the same: an ace ("Hannibal"), two wild cards ("Murdock" and "B.A. Baracus") and a really good-looking guy ("Face"). In NBC's old caper, they were Vietnam vets; the 21st century crew has just served in Iraq. The men reunite to bust some baddies who've framed them for counterfeiting. If memory serves, the only way these guys will beat back a charge of fraud is with a howitzer.

The film stars Liam Neeson as Hannibal – not the Liam Neeson who occasionally stars in classics on Broadway, but the Liam Neeson of 'Taken', a seriously righteous brute (for the record, we love both). UFC titleholder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson assumes the gold chains of B.A. Baracus (the role that made Mr. T a star). Rounding out the team is Sharlto Copley of 'District 9' and 'The Hangover's' Bradley Cooper. Just in case you thought half the population lacked proper representation, Jessica Biel appears as the ex-girlfriend of Face (Cooper). The film was co-written and directed by Joe Carnahan, a specialist in macho yarns ('Smokin' Aces', 'Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane').

Did 'The A-Team' bring their "A game"? Read what the critics have to say.
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