This past weekend marked the opening of the big Hollywood Blockbuster, "The A-Team." This remake of the old television series is fun and exciting film that hits right on the nose, when it comes to snappy writing. Written by Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin Aces) the film opens in the country of Mexico where Liam Neeson's character is being beaten by some thugs. He manages to escape and meets with Rampage Jackson's character. Rampage does a great Mr. T impression while also performing some great stunts. Sharlto Copley (District 9) plays a con man who pretends to be insane in order to avoid trouble, he is also the best pilot there is. Bradley Cooper also has a starring role. His playboy, non-chalant bravado adds a lot of depth to the storyline as Jessica Biel plays his love interest in this players quest to grab the one girl who can't be gotten.
Carnahan shows his mastery of writing a sophisticated story from a previous concept. This story is fun and interesting, revolving around a crooked CIA agent, a rogue hit man, and a lot of cash. The 3 act structure is used in this film, however, the plot has many significant twists that make it not just your average Hollywood remake. Instead this is a fresh and brand new concept altogether, with a familiar backdrop.
If you haven't seen the movie already, I would certainly recommend it. For those would be screenwriters out there, get your hands on that script, I can promise you will enjoy.
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