The Sweeney 2012

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Nick Love directs this big screen modern-day revamp of the classic British 1970s television series. Ray Winstone and pop star Plan B (aka Ben Drew) star as Regan and Carter, the iconic cop duo played by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman in the original version. When an armed robbery at a jewellery store causes Regan's investigations into a potential bank robbery to come to a standstill, he believes old enemy Francis Allen (Paul Anderson) is responsible. However, having no evidence against him leaves the Flying Squad officer powerless to bring him in, but when Regan hears that Allen is now in business with a well known Serbian criminal, he becomes determined to catch the culprits whatever the cost.

Starring:
Ray Winstone, Ben Drew
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

The Sweeney

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Paul Anderson, Allen Leech
Director Nick Love
Genres Crime
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 21 January 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Paul Anderson, Allen Leech
Director Nick Love
Genres Crime
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 21 January 2013
Main languages English

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65 of 71 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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5 of 5 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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8 of 9 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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13 of 15 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lee Haslam on 22 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
You'll have me crying in a minute - so bin it!

They want me to write 20 words or more regarding this utter crap! Well you could buy it and drive a Focus ST over it!. Or burn it! Shred it! Send it to your local gangster to give em a laugh!

Done! Sorry for me mood, but I've had no dinner son!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Green on 9 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
Utter rubbish! If you are considering buying this DVD think again. How a great actor like Winstone got involved with this film must cause him some embarressment.
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44 of 52 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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