Director Joe Carnahan brings us an updated take on the 1980's series that, at its most popular, brought in 40 million viewers per week.
The small group of ex-special ops is headed by Liam Neeson as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, handsome Bradley Cooper (quite appropriately) playing Lieut. Templeton "Faceman" Peck, Sharlto Copley (District 9) is Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock and mixed martial arts champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is Sgt. B.A. Baracus. Jessica Biel also stars as an Intelligence officer, and ex-girlfriend of "Face".
George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz and the unforgettable Mr. T, made up the original cast.
The characters may be the same, but the action - and there's plenty of it - revolves around an Iraq war related problem. The Team is charged with stealing a U.S. currency printing machine and plates once used by the Iraqi regime for counterfeiting. They want to clear their name and keep a corrupt mercenary group from getting them.
The story is sometimes overly confusing. Trying to keep straight special ops guys, CIA operatives and the soldiers of fortune that keep popping up, it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Also, as a lot of the scenes involve trying to escape via helicopter, tank or a C1-30 airplane, the action is in tight quarters and consists of in-your-face close ups.
The actors do a good job portraying the quirky bunch of misfits. It's the cumbersome plot that sometimes gets in the way of the fun!