Movies: Back to the '80s
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By Rachel Abramowitz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If you suddenly feel as if it's 1984, you're not alone. What's coming to your local cineplex? "Clash of the Titans," "Red Dawn," "The Thing" and that perennial favorite "The Karate Kid."
Yes, the '80s are back with a vengeance, in all their high-concept, brightly lighted glory. Hollywood has always had a passion for recycling, but that's grown into a fervor in a risk-adverse business climate. Now that the '70s have been fully plundered, studios are attacking the Reagan years, and remaking pop culture icons, as fast as the rights can be nailed down.
Case in point: "The A-Team."
Adios Mr. T, with your bling and Mohawk. Now it's former Ultimate Fighting Championship champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who stars as B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus, alongside Bradley Cooper, left, Sharlto Copley, Liam Neeson and Jessica Biel as a group of Iraq vets seeking to clear their names after being accused of a crime they invariably didn't commit. The film is slicker than the TV campfest, but director Joe Carnahan ("Smokin' Aces") promises there will be a return of such quintessential lines as "I love it when a plan comes together!"
"I wanted to honor and doff my cap to what 'The A-Team' was, while not completely going straight down the line," says Carnahan. "The approach is pedal to the metal as much as possible."