The Sweeney 2012

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Detective Inspector Jack Regan and his loyal partner George Carter are old school crime fighters enforcing the law in a modern underworld. Armed and dangerous, the Flying Squad have their own way of operating, and when an old enemy makes a re-appearance on the London crime scene, Regan and Carter will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Starring:
Ray Winstone, Ben Drew
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

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The Sweeney

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Nick Love
Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew
Supporting actors Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Paul Anderson, Allen Leech
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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67 of 73 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The third film spinoff of the hugely popular 70s cop show The Sweeney is so in thrall to mockney geezer clichés that it could almost be called The Oi You Muppet Show. At first misleadingly seeming a slight improvement on the first 1977 film but a considerable step down from 1978's Sweeney 2, as you might expect from cinema's high priest of big-on-DVD lad culture Nick Love it's full of macho swagger and attitude but never rings true for a moment, the script reading like a succession of 70s clichés as read by nice middle class children pretending to be cockney cops and robbers in the playground. When he's dealing with the blaggings and shootouts its capable enough, but all the laddish banter inbetween bits clumsily nicked from his favourite movies (Heat, Robocop, The French Connection) feels forced and often wildly unconvincing.

Despite a few laughable lines such as the immortal "Awmed wobbewy in pwogwess" thanks to the affected Ali G/Tim Westwood Jamaican accent (you'd think they'd at least hire someone who could pronounce Cawtew and Wegan properly) and some childish gangsta posturing that simply makes him look mentally handicapped, the wildly miscast Ben Drew does better than expected in the Dennis Waterman role while still never convincing for a moment that he's a highly promising cop, intelligent or otherwise, anymore than Hank Worden could have done. Ray Winstone isn't so lucky, reduced to a ridiculous unconscious self-parody of himself in John Thaw's size nines, phoning in the tired OTT monologues about the law being on the side of the slags and those ponces on high trying to stop him doing his job because they don't like the old school way he gets results while they sit behind desks.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Doug McGrave on 20 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dean Calculator on 22 May 2014
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin McCartney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
Realistic? Nah. Predictable? Very - in places. Original? Not really, no.

One of the main characters getting stabbed and then pulling the knife back out? Check!

Many people will understandably hate this film and it is not for everyone. Apart from a small role for Downton Abbey's Allen Leech (Tom Branson) there's not much in this one for "birds" either.

However despite its obvious faults, I really enjoyed The Sweeney. The film makes up for in pace what it lacks in dramatic tension. If you're a fan of The Apprentice - The Best Of Series 1 to 4 [DVD], French cop show Spiral - Complete Series 1-4 [DVD], Michael Mann films, Braquo Trilogy [DVD] (another French cop show), Pusher Trilogy [DVD], Unleashed [DVD], the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films and Chris Cunningham videos (director of Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy") then this might, might just be the movie for you.

Central to the success of the film for me was Ray Winstone as DI Jack Regan - a very grumpy old man with a healthy disregard for the rules.

Ben Drew plays George Carter more (The Streets') Mike Skinner than Dennis Waterman.

The Michael Mann influences are obvious.
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