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The Sweeney [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Damian Lewis, Steven Mackintosh
  • Directors: Nick Love
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083UKBIU

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To get the most out of the modern day movie of The Sweeney, the best plan from the start is to separate it in your head from the television classic that inspired it. Based loosely around the 70s TV show starring Dennis Waterman and John Thaw, the new Sweeney pairs Ray Winstone with Ben Drew, to reasonable effect. It's Winstone who's the key to it, giving the film a gravitas and a lift that other areas of the production simply can't match.

The plot is pretty straightforward, involving a murderer who's proving tricky to catch. Thus, Winstone's Regan brings in his old school approach, which isn't exactly in line with the policy of his boss. And you can pretty much map out how the film goes.

There are factors though to make it a bit more interesting than you might immediately give it credit for. The supporting cast, featuring the likes of Homeland's Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell, make good of what they're given. Furthermore, London makes a strong backdrop for the film, with director Nick Love making as much as he can out of the setting. And it does make for an entertaining couple of hours too, with the aforementioned Winstone a real highlight.

It might not hold much of a torch to the source material, but this The Sweeney still has a fair bit in the tank. There's enough on the disc too to warrant spending a bit of time with the extras once the credits have rolled. --Jon Foster

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Bottomley on 1 Jun. 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The obvious flaw with this movie is that it simply cannot decide what it wants to be. With cop and criminal shoot outs near the fountain in Trafalger square, it could be argued that it wants to be Mann's 'Heat'. With Ray Winstone making weapons from socks in a prison cell it may also want to be 'Scum'.

What it isn't is 'The Sweeney'. Gone is 70s London, being replaced with modern tower blocks (the Police budget seems to be in good shape again). Gone is the character of old school detectives, being replaced with gangsters holding warrant cards.

This is Nick Love territory, which means we are once again treated to cockney hard cases, the only difference being the badge. They are typical Love cliches in a different setting, football hooligans from Hendon, criminals stereotypes on the right side of the law.

A modern telling of a tv classic requires a writer and director with versatility and that is what Nick Love always lacks. He is a one trick pony with a licence to make the same kind of movie over and over again...and nothing about this movie will change that opinion.

The naff modern Sweeney theme at the end is the cherry on a very cheap and tasteless cake.

If you like Winstone and cockney hard men flexing muscles, this is for you. If you are a Sweeney fan...watch your box set.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Doug McGrave on 20 Jan. 2013
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When I went to see this at the cinema the ambulance service were bringing a corpse out through the doors as I arrived, I wondered if this was going to be an omen, and it pretty much was. I've seen porn movies with better plots. I don't want to say too much for the sake of those fortunate enough not to have seen it yet, but certain elements pushed reality just that little bit further than it could be comfortably pushed. Would Regan really steal gold? Could a few crooks successfully hold the Mets finest at bay between Trafalgar Square and St James Park, a shootout her majesty the Queen could have seen from an upstairs window at Buck House? Should the role of Carter really have been given to a rapper? As for the ballistics (no, I said ballistics)even a weekend paintballer will spot the errors, but I don't want to go into that as it would give to much away, and goodness knows this script doesn't have that much to give.

It goes without saying that it isn't a patch on the original, though to be honest even those 2 films weren't exactly robbed at Oscar time, still I had to see it, and in a strange masochistic way i'm glad I did. Ray Winstone did manage to get the famous 'get yer trousers on' speech in, sort of, and when you see his saggy Fruit Of The Looms you'll be saying the same to him.

I've given it 2 stars as it's entertaining in its own way, and i'd probably buy it if the price drops below £3. As for the DVD covers statement 'The Best British Action Movie In Years', if you lied like that to Jack Regan he'd drown you in your own sweat!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dean Calculator on 22 May 2014
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Just watching this on amazon prime ,and it is amazng.....Ly awful !,,,I love Ray Winstone and Plan B had a good tune a year or two ago ,and I loved the original Sweeney but this is shocking ! The script is the problem it is rubbish ...
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Northern Warrior on 6 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
As an occasional viewer of the original series and having watched the John Thaw movie version, this is nothing like the "Sweeney". Switching to a modern day setting doesn't help the cause, nor does the casting - Ray Winstone just plays his average hard man persona and Ben Drew is hopelessly miscast as George Carter. Gone is the wise-cracking sidekick, replaced instead by the foul mouthed oaf from Harry Brown. Mr. Drew needs to work on his repertoire a little bit if he wants to be more than a UK imitation of Eminem. They'd have been better off with Statham in that part.

The plot is largely predictable with stereotyped Eastern European bad guys, little in the way of "detective" work and a "shock" two thirds of the way through it was fairly obvious they have been building towards since the opening scene. Ray Winstone's "sex" scenes with a colleague young enough to be his grand-daughter make you squirm and there's a surprising number of "F" and "C" bombs for a 15 certificate movie.

Another rental only job, I'm afraid.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FullovStars on 10 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Terrible story, terrible acting, terrible casting.........

Ray Winstone plays his usual stereotype, with a 12 year old partner who just mumbles incoherently throughout the film, thus leading to you needing the sub-titles on to follow the flimsy story. Both play throw away characters who you wish profusely would meet an early demise.

As mentioned by other reviewers the sex scene between Ray and his grand-daughter was vile and nearly made me stop watching the film after the first 20 minutes. I actually soldiered on for a little while longer and then turned it off as the Drew fella wound me up far too much and I found myself praying for not just the character but the "actor" to........ mumble mumble mumble....... Aaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh

I think all copies of this movie need to be destroyed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PSC on 24 Aug. 2014
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If you can get this movie for a few pennies on the market place - then it is worth a watch, but only if you are a Ray Winstone fan. It has no essence of the original Sweeney, no believability, and nothing to set it apart from a hundred other movies...I really didn't care if the new Regan & Carter met their end in a hail of bullets....thus removing the potential for a sequel !! The screenwriters really shouldn't have skipped screenwriting 101 classes and set a more realistic love interest for Regan and made Carter look older than twelve. In summary, a bit of a turkey.
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