The Sweeney 2012

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(498) IMDb 6.1/10
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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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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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
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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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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