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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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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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If this wasn't called 'The Sweeney' you wouldn't know it was based on the TV series as it bears no relation to the classic series whatsoever. Apparently it took six years to make. Unfortunately in all that time they seem to have lost sight of what this film was supposed to represent. It ultimately fails in just about every way. What they seem to have done is create a very average action/crime thriller (Danny Dyer type), and then given it the title 'The Sweeney' simply to sell it. That's it. The ultimate insult is the inclusion of a mangled and butchered version of Harry South's classic theme at the end; it sounds like a tape getting chewed up and ruined by a tape deck. Ironically this seems to symbolise what they have done to the whole Sweeney franchise. Shame.
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By Tin Tactoo VINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2012
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This should not have even been attempted - John Thaw & Dennis Waterman were AND are THE Sweeney. We paid money to see this in the cinema and the comments among the others present said it all - and that was about 10 minutes into the film. The fact somebody even thought this a 'good idea' is beyond belief. Won't wait for Sweeney 2... End of story.
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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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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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