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The Sweeney [DVD]

Ray Winstone , Ben Drew , Nick Love    To Be Announced   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)

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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083UKBIU



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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time ,never mind your money 22 May 2014
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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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Average Cop Thriller 6 Jan 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Idiotic piece of junk, an insult to the title 2 May 2014
I like Ray Winstone and Damian Lewis. That is all there is to like about this travesty.

The laughable apology for a script is largely f words. By what miscarriage of justice did this not get an 18 cert? Perhaps because the rest was infantile, so it made it on an averaging algorithm?

The Regan character is a dangerous, stupid, single minded lunatic, that makes the original and only Regan look like Morse and Sherlock Holmes combined. Even I spotted the.. well, I won't put a spoiler in, but no wonder he needed to steal gold to get leads. When he got a beating, I almost cheered-even if he escaped laughably unharmed, due to the apparent lack of a continuity checker. He's the sort of agent Bodie and Doyle had to bring down for being a menace, but "The Professionals" was far more convincing and well made.

The "Top Gear" car chase must be the worst ever filmed; it's no wonder those idiots were involved.

To actually be on the side of the Lewis (not THAT Lewis!) character is surprising, but inevitable given the utterly hopeless Regan character.

There is none of the camaraderie that makes the originals such a joy, and the humour is completely missing too. Put the humour back, and Jason Statham could have been in this as quite an entertaining movie.

As often happens, the DVD cover words have been carefully edited. It says "heart-pounding action and epic car chases"- it should read "If you want heart-pounding action and epic car chases, you will be sadly disappointed." If this is "The best British action movie in years", then shut the industry down, now.

Like the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes, this takes a title, but could have been called something else, as this is not "The Sweeney", just as he other movie was not Sherlock Holmes, but at least SH was entertaining.

Unremittingly awful; my expectations were not high, but this failed even to reach those.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pull your trousers up you are being arrested 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Obnoxious, charmless, ugly. 19 Mar 2014
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Bear in mind I'm only reviewing the first twenty-minutes before I switched it off.

The film sums itself up with a scene in a lift, close to when I gave up on it. Uncle Ray, Hayley Atwell and the man Hayley is supposed to be married to all get in a lift together. Ray is sleeping Hayley - he's just had his grubby two minutes with her in a lavatory. They all ride the lift together and Ray's face sort of inflates and deflates in an effort to show how unfazed he is that he is sleeping with this man's wife. Eventually the husband gets out, and then Ray turns his massive head to Hayley and his lips start pulsating, throbbing, wobbling about. And credit to Hayley - she doesn't ruin this particular take by crying, or being sick in her mouth. 'Wa-hey!' we are presumably meant to think. 'Go on, my son! Give it to her! Show that bloke who has to wear a suit to work and work behind a desk who is boss. Get in there, Ray.' But thankfully the lift arrives at the floor, and Ray's undulating mouth goes unfed. Minutes later he meets the husband again - in a professional capacity, and asks to look at his bollocks.

Nothing about it so far had been thrilling, engaging, amusing or entertaining. It was mostly Uncle Ray swearing at people, perhaps in an effort to show how grim n' gritty this world is. I'm guessing we are supposed to be rooting for him, while he swaggers about eating chips and pulling lusty faces at poor Hayley Atwell - who has to lick his head in a, frankly, revolting sex scene in a toilet. He and Plan B strut about telling other people how to do their jobs, insulting pretty much everyone they come across - but they're tough geezers who go after the proper villains, so we should be fine with that. That's about it as far as characterisation goes. A bunch of wankers calling other people wankers.
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