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An expert in anti-terrorism tactics, hotshot LAPD officer Paul Cutler (Gabriel Macht, Behind Enemy Lines) is ordered to Detroit to train its S.W.A.T. team in the latest hostage rescue techniques. But everything changes when their botched response to a domestic dispute ends with a hostage down and a government assassin (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2) now obsessed with terminating Cutler as well as his entire S.W.A.T. team.
After a mismanaged hostage crisis, a deranged boyfriend (Robert Patrick, Terminator 2) turns out to be a sociopathic supervillain--and he's got his sights set on S.W.A.T. hotshot Paul Cutler (Gabriel Macht, The Spirit), the guy he blames for his girlfriend's death. From there, S.W.A.T.: Firefight turns into a cat-and-mouse thriller with the sociopath (who turns out to be a mysterious military "asset," the kind of super-ultra-undercover agent who does the really dirty work overseas) stalking Cutler as Cutler tries to train his team. Several action scenes cut frequently to a first-person-shooter perspective, leading one to suspect that the script was also lifted from a video game, as not much of it makes much sense. A tough-as-nails-yet-also-sexy-and-tank-top-wearing chick (Shannon Kane) is brought on to the team to keep the abundance of testosterone and gunpowder from getting too homoerotic. Macht is bland, Patrick is terse, the dialogue is generic--but as straight-to-DVD action movies go, it could be a lot worse. The action jumps along, the scenes are predictable but not dull, and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3) has a cameo, meaning S.W.A.T.: Firefight features, for no particular reason, not one but two evil terminators. --Bret Fetzer
Robert Patrick's role as the main villian made this film enjoyable to watch.Published 15 days ago by pitchfork matt