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.