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Bit of a let down
on 11 January 2012
I got this as a Sweeney fan and although my curiosity has been sated, in some ways I'm sorry to say I wish I hadn't bothered.
IMHO Sweeney 1 is the shorter and punchier of the two. Sadly, most of the actors making up the cast are by now familiar faces, either appearing as villains or as incidental characters in various episodes of the TV series, so I ran into continuity gridlock, this got me off to a bad start, which I could have easily have forgiven, but when I started listening to Barry Foster's dire attempt at an American accent I found myself laughing. The plot is OK if a little contrived, the principal characters and gratuitous sex scenes are typical of the period, the brief mid-70's London background shots and lovely old motors do provide some light nostalgia relief, but the criminal exclusion of Dennis Waterman from most of the film left me feeling that Sweeney 1 was a bit of a missed opportunity. 7/10
Sweeney 2 is just a mess. I found it slow and overlong,lacking both pace and direction. The film and characters stumble (drunkenly) from one set piece to the next. Lazy continuity sees one of the villains from Sweeney 1 appear again as a villain in Sweeney 2, The storyline is shot full of illogicality's and plot holes which are then paved over with a bit of sex and violence. Messrs Thaw & Waterman were probably past caring by that time. Not the Sweeney's finest hour and best forgotten IMHO. 4/10
Oh, there are NO subtitles for the deaf/hard of hearing either. Bad show.