The Sweeney 2013 R CC

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(65) IMDb 6.2/10
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Tearing up the streets of London, THE SWEENEY is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal.

Starring:
Ray Winstone, Ben Drew
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

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The Sweeney

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Genres Drama, Action
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
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Very good plot, acting, and action sequences.
K. Ott
This had ok acting/writing (sometimes hard to separate) but the tough guys were too tough and got away with too much.
Dana F Livermore
Oh certainly there's adequate, uninspired, and repetitive - but never lousy.
MadMacs

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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on January 29, 2013
Format: DVD
Let me preface this review with a statement that is required for UK residents: Have never seen the original tv program this film is based on.

That said, I was stunned to see some of the harsh and, in my opinion, completely undeserved criticism. (via Amazon.co.uk) And I'm already prepped and ready to take on all comers in stating this:

Fellow film fans in the UK have no concept of what makes a truly bad reboot, revamp, or remake. Let me tell you about being an American who regularly screens disappointment. 'Red Dawn' or the steaming pile called 'Dark Shadows' being prime examples. In all sincerity, you guys across the pond have gotten way too used to high quality moviemaking. Spoiled, you need to live here for a while, maybe get a good dose of 'Footloose'.

Again, I'm prepped. Simply because in order to "defeat" me, you have to provide lousier examples of bad filmmaking. Sadly, in that category, we Americans have you beat hands down. And because Brits almost never produce something lousy, the weight of evidence is greater on your shoulders. Oh certainly there's adequate, uninspired, and repetitive - but never lousy. In my experience, there's usually something good to say about all UK film productions. Unlike Hollywood, which consistently churns out lousy like the receiving end results of a competitive eater's toilet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2013
Format: DVD
It seems that "The Sweeney" has bypassed the US theatres altogether and instead gets released directly onto DVD. But by chance during a recent business trip to Sydney, I noticed the movie was playing in Australian cinemas and I took the opportunity to go see this.

"The Sweeney" (2012 release from the UK; 112 min.) brings an update/refresh of the movie and subsequent UK TV series from the mid-1970s. As far as the plot is concerned, the movie focuses on the London special crime unit called "the Sweeney". As the movie opens we see the unit successfully interrupting a heist, and then going out to celebrate and let off some steam (the latter even literally as we see two of the Sweeney colleagues getting it on). The tension mounts when an interal compliance officer announces that he is going to "observe" the unit to make sure it plays by the rules (which of course it doesn't). Then a brutal jewelry hold-up happens, during which one of the innocent bystanders gets brutally killed. Will the Sweeney unit be successful in hunting down the perpetrators? What about the internal review of the unit? To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is a though and gritty police drama and not for the faint of heart, so viewer beware. I thought the at times dark and always intense tone of the movie was brought very well, and in fact reminded me on several occasions of Michael Mann's "Thief" movie some 3 decades ago. Several acting performances are noteworthy, none more so than Ray Winstone, as the veteran Sweeney unit leader. Last but not least, the photography of London in the movie is eye-candy, with numerous air shots that give a dramatic panorama of the City.
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Format: Blu-ray
"As far as I'm concerned there ain't another job in the world that'll give me the kind of buzz this one does." Jack Reagan (Winstone) is an old school detective that does things his way much to the dismay of IA. He is on the case of a string of bank robberies as well as being investigated by his department for questionable tactics. When something goes wrong and he is stripped of his badge it is up to him to clear his name, stop the bad guy and save his department. I am a big fan of the British cop genre and this one is not a disappointment. Great story and acting makes this very very entertaining. The movie is full of twists which keeps you guessing what is happening and who is on what side right up until the end. That makes a movie fun to watch. This is a under the radar movie that I could keep going on about but if you are a fan of this genre like I am then this is a must see. I really enjoyed this. Overall, one of the better cop movies I have seen in a while. I give it a B+.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PMC on May 2, 2013
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Poor story line. Over the top acting. Far too much gratuituos violence - excessive and unnecessary. Could have been a good movie if they had made it with a decent plot and reduced the endless shoot-em-up, beat-em-up nonsense. Doesn't anyone think about creating a believable storyline anymore???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on September 20, 2013
Format: DVD
***1/2

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.
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