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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Roberts on 16 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
For those of us that are old enough to remember the original Sweeney, this film is a poor attempt at reliving that former series. The characters are poor and the story line is as intelligent as the bad script and bad acting.

For those of you that are not old enough to remember the original Sweeney, spend the money on buying the real series and watch how the Flying Squad became famous during the 1970s and 80s.

You're nicked my son! :)
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64 of 69 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Corbett on 20 Feb 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Watched it then sold it the next day. Poor story and an insult to the original. Why, oh why Ray?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sredni Vashtar on 19 Mar 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
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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4 of 4 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Splossy on 17 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
Back in its day The Sweeney was ground-breaking British TV being more hard-hitting, morally ambiguous, realistic and violent than anything before. As a period piece to watch now it's entertaining to see the 70s depicted and still has good enough actors and plots to be very entertaining. This film has none of the above. It's not a period thriller. The acting dialogue is dire. The plot isn't remotely believable. Quite why the Flying Squad are 10 floors up in an anodyne business tower in Docklands is anyone's guess. Ray Winstone is typecast as a violent cockney but is too old and fat to carry it off. As for his love scenes, well they're embarrassing for all the wrong reasons. It's charmless tosh.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By V. Morgan on 25 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This film does not work.... Which ever way you look at it it fails.
As a 'homage' to the tv series it fails miserably
As an updated/reimagining of the series it fails
As a stand alone thriller that simply uses the title of the old series it fails.

The script is cringingly awful as is some of the acting at times.
There is no plot, no coherent story, not even the slightest nod to any kind of authenticity
Piss poor dialogue, piss poor direction.
A complete waste of time energy and talent.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. Smith on 22 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
As a fan of Ray Winstone i was looking forward to this, but the film was rubbish. You have this police unit who think they are the SAS (without the skills or drills).
The old one handed shooting (may aswell done it john woo style).
They did not need the whole love story bit and the 70s style policing in 21st century uk made the film even worse.
They missed a trick with this one, after the success of life on mars why not just do the film in late 70s. Would been whole lot better instead you have a film which cannot decide if its 70s or mod con 21st century.
Top tip STAY WELL AWAY AS ITS 2 HRS OF YOUR LIFE YOU NOT GET BACK.
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