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So-so British police procedural
on September 20, 2013
The Flying Squad is a controversial elite unit of the London police force that became famous via a 1970s British TV series entitled "The Sweeney." At least as portrayed in the show and in several subsequent theatrical films, the squad is often seen as acting outside the strict limits of the law when that becomes necessary to get their man.
This 21st Century update stars Ray Winstone as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Ben Drew as Detective Constable George Carter, along with a half dozen or so other actors (including Damian Lewis of "Homeland" fame) who together make up the team. In this installment, the unit is pursuing a man who shot a seemingly random woman during a jewelry store heist.
"The Sweeney" features strong acting, solid action sequences and enough character angst to keep us interested, if not exactly intrigued, with the proceedings, but there's really not a whole lot that distinguishes it from countless other works in the genre, be they in movies or on TV.