S.W.A.T.

2003

Action / Adventure / Crime / Thriller

118
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 48%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6 10 128821

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Samuel L. Jackson as Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson
Jeremy Renner as Brian Gamble
Colin Farrell as Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez as Chris Sanchez
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by eric262003 5 / 10

A Film That Means Swat

The little facial expressions on the main cast can indicate where the movie "S.W.A.T." is going. From Samuel L. Jackson's macabre smile, Colin Farrell's airy moment of stillness to Michelle Rodriguez's fearless glower. Sure they make those expressions like this movie has a lot to offer, but this film truly lives up to its abbreviated title, it all means total swat.

And sure the performers can pose in their stances to look fearless and intimidating, but the story based loosely on the 1970's television series doesn't do justice because the action is awkward and forgettable and the crew behind it gave me the impression that they're on sabbatical. An though this film isn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it still doesn't deserve any kind of praising from me.

The diversification of the character's traits might shed a bit of light towards the movie "S.W.A.T." Samuel L. Jackson plays the role of Sgt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson who collaborates a squad of dedicated and determined criminal fighting cops. Among his squad members are the solemn but intense Officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell) and the tough and fearless Chris Sanchez played by Michelle Rodriguez. It's great that we can get into get into the characters and to some extent LL Cool J's role as Deacon "Deke" Kaye who actually is really on for posing to blend in during group scenes.

But then the movie goes falls into the obvious trap of unfulfilling cliché crap. Olivier Martinez is French gangster Alexander Montel who storms into the Los Angeles scene and no sooner does he slash he crime boss uncle by the throat while having dinner together and chimes, "you take my money, I take your life." So we're being fed to the villain right away without any need of introduction because we already know he has evil intentions. And yet the only offensive misdemeanour he was committed to was getting pulled over for a bad taillight and spends the majority of the movie clad in a prison jumpsuit.

They also seem to playfully set up a romantic entanglement between Street and Sanchez. They're drinking together and being flirty and the next day he comes to her estate. Are we going to see another side of Rodriguez's acting that is never revealed because her true potential is always sidelined? Well keep dreaming, because once the bell rings, the squadron is off getting ready for the grand climax.

The score from the first scene will turn optimistic fans into thinking that the opening scenes should garner some sign of excitement. The opening scene ventures into the middle of a brutally violent hostage situation. But the narrative offers no information about the takers or the hostages. All we get is a lamented soul crying about her life bawling in tears. Who is she? Better yet, who is anyone? It seems that director Clark Johnson seems to care more about the action scenes that have no meaning or reason behind it.

And even though we are enlightened to know which cop drinks Dr. Pepper and which one consumes a lot of junk food, but fails to inform its audience as to why Montel is a deviant criminal or even give a damn if he should be locked or to roam free. We are also later awkwardly fooled that the principal friction in the story is not between Street and Montel, but Street and former partner Officer Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner). It just feels so randomized in delivery.

In the end of watching "S.W.A.T." all I can say is that the ideas seem to be in place, but fails to be fully assembled and then decide to just leave it like that as if it's not worth piecing together. It's really all very forgettable. The talent pool of accomplished performers would be better if they never added this movie to their credit on a resume.

Reviewed by 851222 7 / 10

Not bad flick

Greetings from Lithuania.

"S.W.A.T." (2003) is an action flick and nothing more - it doesn't try to be anything else, nor it is - its what it promises to deliver it delivers. The plot is pretty good, although yes sometimes sometimes formulaic but it does work. Performances were also pretty nice for this material. The more tight direction of this movie i think would have made this movie better, but it is OK flick for what it is. And by the way i noticed in once scene, one ultra short scene Octavia Spencer - yes, the same Oscar winning actress in one small scene, that was really cool

Overall, "S.W.A.T." has nothing original nor super exciting, but it delivers what it promises - action flick and nothing more. On that account, it works.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 3 / 10

Far too slight and predictable to be a good action movie

Hollywood action films keep on getting made, and the newest, S.W.A.T., is just about indistinguishable from a dozen others of the past two decades. It's a flawed work, with a good concept that is never exploited to the full, which manages to retain a little independent-style charm to stop it being a real dog. Now you see the trailer and hear the premise, about a criminal offering $100 million to anyone who can free him, and you think it sounds like a great excuse for tons of action. Unfortunately, you're wrong. Apart from one street set-piece (complete with guys shooting bazookas from windows) this premise is wasted and things turn into a predictable race against time, complete with traitors, big baddies, and a fair amount of shooting and explosions.

It takes an interminable time to get going, with over an hour of exposition before things really start – and it's one of those films with an annoying hip-hop (or whatever) soundtrack that intrudes every five minutes or so. I do credit the screenwriter with lots of attempted characterisation to round out the characters and this does work, to a degree. But Jackson is playing his typical seen-it-all-before character and Rodriguez is the terrible actress she always is. Only Colin Farrell comes away with new credibility under his belt, as his straightforward turn as the lead is very realistic and believable. Nothing to complain about there. LL Cool J is surprisingly good too but he is given nothing to work with in his role as the honest beat cop turned SWAT man.

After some okay training sequences and lots of attempted style, the plot begins for real. Slimy French villain Olivier Martinez (just looking at him makes you hate him) is to be transported across the city, but a sniper shoots out his helicopter (cool scene) so they have to go underneath instead. Cue lots of dodgy chases in the dark sewers, so familiar and hardly as good as in BLADE II. The only surprising twist is the idea of a private plane landing on a major bridge at the finale, I did enjoy that conceit. But the following fist-fight between Farrell and the baddie is oh-so-predictable, even the "cut in half by train" gag. Now to make this a good film they should have: cut down to 30 minutes of introduction; upped the rating to an R (or 18) and filled it with bloody action; and packed 1 ½ hours with tons of shoot-outs, grenades, bazookas, car chases, bombs, all sorts, I'm talking city-wide carnage from beginning to end. How about the SWAT team surrounded by about two hundred gang members who all want to get Martinez and are chucking Molotov cocktails and attacking them with machetes. Then they should have chucked Martinez in the propeller at the end or run him under the wheel of the plane or maybe machine-gunned him off the bridge. That would have been a GOOD movie.

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