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The Sweeney 2012

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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Genres Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Nick Love
Starring Ray Winstone, Ben Drew
Supporting actors Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh, Paul Anderson, Alan Ford, Damian Lewis, Caroline Chikezie, Allen Leech, Ronnie Fox, Michael Wildman, Steven Waddington, Kevin Michaels, Kara Tointon, Tayo Walker-Allen, Allan Corduner, Nick Nevern, Ed Skrein, Dean Harrison, George Anton
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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By DavyG TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 July 2015
Format: DVD
Any attempt to reboot a successful film or tv series has a problem to confront. It must face up to inevitable comparisons to the original, and in this case, the new big screen take on the "The Sweeney" suffers badly when compared to the iconic 70s police drama of the same name.
The original tv series focussed on the exploits of two tough as leather Flying Squad detectives, Jack Regan (John Thaw) and George Carter (Dennis Waterman). In this update, Ray Winstone and Ben Drew (surprisingly good) take the lead roles as Regan and Carter, with Damian Lewis featuring as the long-suffering chief who has to deal with the mayhem which inevitably results when the Squad takes down a bunch of villains. Things go from bad to worse when Regan and his team get on the trail of a heavy duty crew that's raiding banks and jewellers, and when a robbery ends in a horrific shoot-out, there's huge pressure to scapegoat Regan and close the Squad down.
What made the original series so hugely enjoyable was the combination of a hard-nosed approach to dealing with crime (for its time, at any rate) and a warmly humorous, knock-about charm. With the new version, the production team has clearly set out to create a finished product with a look and an atmosphere that's as hard as a joiner's nail bag, and here they succeed admirably. Where it falls down badly is in the almost total lack of wit or warmth, and central to this problem is the casting of Winstone as Regan. Thaw's Regan was tough but had a real roguish charm which made him hugely likeable, warts and all. Winston looks as though a cannonball would bounce off him, but he is utterly charmless, which makes him hard to root for and impossible to like. "The Sweeney" then is all grit and no wit, with a hole where its heart should be. I don't expect that anyone's giving much thought to a sequel.
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Format: DVD
Don't expect this to be anything like the brilliant 1970s dramas; although there are characters such as DI Regan, DS Carter, CI Haskins and it is set in London. Regan is far too old, far too fat and not even remotely believable. His vocabulary is very limited and like the recent Bond films there's never any lightening of the very sombre and violent tone. Regan's relationship with the beautiful Hayley Atwell (she's good, but again scarcely credible) is again incredible. The film felt like an endurance test and I kept hoping for it to improve - the triumph of hope over experience. Fans of the 1970s show should save 2 hours of their life - yes, this is even worse than Sweeney 2 and comparatively that is far better than this and Sweeney 2 is not great. Hard to say anything good about this.
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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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