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Very Average Cop Thriller,
This review is from: The Sweeney [Blu-ray] (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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Initial post: 8 Jan 2013 14:12:00 GMT
100% agree with you about Ben Drew, he looks about 13 and although Ray Winstone loved him in Harry Brown and wante dhim for the part, Statham would have been a much better choice. The guy can't act, he's not playing 'George Carter' he's playing Ben Drew who seems to be playing Plan B 24/7. ''Fink u no me? Fink agen innit'. Please, Eminem has SUCH a lot to answer for!
Posted on 29 Jan 2013 20:50:57 GMT
thanks for the review, I will probably steer well clear of this now. I'll stick to the original series with the flares, bad haircuts and ford cortinas crashing into piles of carboard boxes instead.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Apr 2013 08:58:09 BDT
The original series is the best, this film does neither the actors in it nor the original series any justice, it's more a parody than any thing, thanks for a spot on review.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2013 22:15:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2013 22:23:18 BDT
S. J. Hannaway says:
Ha Ha what a great review, Steve Turners absolutely bang on, anyway how did this film get thru the crap filter ........... I'm surprised @ Ray Winston tho, acting in this dreck!!!!
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