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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:50 pm, Sat Jul 2, 2011.

Harrowing helicopter and plane rides, large explosions and too many to count near-death situations fill the film version of "The A-Team."

Based on the popular 1980s TV show with Mr. T, the film features non-stop action and plenty of violence. If that's your thing, you'll love this flick. But if you're like me, you'll have to keep repeating and believing "suspension of disbelief" as each heart-rending, unbelievable scene plays out.

A ragtag group of Army Rangers work together to clear their name with the military after they were framed for a crime they didn't commit.

This film relies heavily on its well-known cast. Bradley Cooper ("The Hangover") is the ego-driven, ladies man Templeton "Faceman" Peck, who loves his tans and workouts in between his killings.

Jessica Biel ("Valentine's Day") is Charisa Sosa, Face's former lover who now is an Army captain trying to figure out who committed the crime while trying to stay away from Face's charm.

Liam Neeson ("Clash of the Titans") is Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, a cool, respected veteran who is tough as nails and the mastermind behind the group's many exploits.

Sharlto Copley ("District 9") is "Howling Mad" Murdock, a crazy pilot who loves his death-defying aerial stunts.

Professional wrestler Quinton "Rampage" Jackson reprises the classic Mr. T role as B.A. Baracus, although Jackson is nowhere as cool and engaging as Mr. T was.

The men spend the movie in one ridiculous scene after the other.

At one point, the plane they're in is shot to oblivion, but the group manages to get into a tank and parachute down into a lake while steering the tank by shooting ammunition.

In another scene, large metal storage units are tumbling down around the men after the barge the units were on is shot at and sinking into the ocean. The men, of course, escape these dangerous feats, with no injuries.

Joe Carnahan directed and co-wrote "The A-Team," adding to his action-packed movie list, including "Smokin' Aces" and its sequel.

Brian Bloom, who plays the wise-cracking bad guy Pike in "The A-Team," also shares writing credits with Carnahan.

The film is entertaining and funny at times, but it's a mindless movie. If you're in the mood for nonstop action adventure with no brains involved, this is your flick.

"The A-Team"

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Jessica Biel

Running Time: 118 min.

Grade: C

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