Given all the negative reviews this film received upon its cinema release over the summer, indications that it would either be a disaster of pretty substantial proportions, or at the very best, destroy childhood memories of easily the most fun American TV import of the 1980s. Fortunately, Joe Carnahan's skilful reworking of the show for modern audiences is largely a delight! The action's on a far larger scale than the TV show and it leaves you gasping at times due to its sheer audacity, although frantic editing does make some of 'the plans' hard to follow (the reason for the deduction of one star in the rating system!). The film's major plus, and the show's greatest strength lies in the characterisation of the team members - for me the series was never about the formulaic action and repetitive story-lines, it was always about the hilarious interaction between the characters, with the team often behaving like a disfunctional family, with Hannibal as the patriarch bringing his bickering 'children' together whenever a plan needed to be executed. This element comes across well in the film: Sharlto Copley and Bradley Cooper's 'Murdock' and 'Face' respectively, are perfectly cast and Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Liam Neeson make good attempts at reviving 'B.A.' and 'Hannibal', although Mr Neeson's performance lacks the swaggering, goading arrogance that made George Peppard such fun to watch, he's still not bad though! All in all, this is great fun for all the family, with big laughs and even bigger action, and it certainly left me wanting a sequel (this film is essentially the team's back-story as described in the opening titles of the TV show!). Hopefully DVD sales will cover for disappointing box office - this is far better than the 'Karate Kid' remake - and persuade the producer's to go for a follow up...so switch off your brain and enjoy the action comedy of the year!