The Sweeney Reviews
March 6, 2015
It's nothing like the 70's television series, so it's best not to view it in that manner. Ray Winstone looks good in this, but it's a very bland crime thriller in the main.
February 23, 2015
The Sweeney is a English crime, action, drama that has a few exciting chase scenes and a great cast but the unoriginal flat story has many problems. At times it can be boring, this is a film I would only watch once.
January 25, 2013
This was a very interesting British cop movie about the Sweeney Flying Squad.
Ray Winstone, Plan B and Hayley Atwell were all very good in their respective roles.
A very good story and keeps you very involved right until the end.
January 30, 2015
A great lead performance from Ray Winstone brings this up a peg or two but a tired plot and an uninspiring script are glaringly obvious. Full review later.
January 18, 2015
Reading through the professional reviews of this film, the two adjectives I would pick-out as most apposite in describing this film are anachronistic and absurd. It is funny to recall just how much more naive we were in the 1970s. I suppose, even then, we knew this type of thing wasn?t actually very realistic, but we didn?t necessarily find it quite as absurd as it seems now. Can you imagine what would happen if any genuine police operation tore through the centre of London, discharging fire-arms in all directions through crowds of ordinary people? Major news coverage, questions in parliament, demands for public enquiries, the fallout would rumble on for months, even years. Even when Regan and Carter decide to take on the criminals away from the general public ? any person involved in genuine security operations would cringe in embarrassment at the naivety of the portrayed operation. In the real world, if Regan and Carter had not been slung out of the police force first, the news story would be about two officers who came a serious cropper, killed by their own breathtaking incompetence when they decided to take on a couple of dangerous criminal holed up on a boat without any back-up. Any genuine police operation to apprehend two armed criminals holed up on a boat would involve a significant number of personnel. Okay, if you were to compare this film with your average Bond film, the amount of suspension of disbelief required is relatively small, but at least Bond films don?t pretend to be anything other than ridiculous male fantasy.
In truth, the original 1970s television series on which this film is based had a similar tendency to stretch the bounds of credibility, but it did have one thing absent from this film that afforded it some right to the claim of ?gritty realism?. The thing that the original TV series had, that even at the time marked it out as very different from any of the plethora of contemporary TV ?Cop? shows was an underlying mood of melancholy. In John Thaw?s portrayal of Regan in particular was a sense of the heavy price his job exacted upon him, and I?m not talking about physical injury or physical harm to those dear to him. Yes, he was tough and unconventional but effective, but Thaw?s Regan was not a happy soul at peace with himself. The TV series did seek to portray the way in which Regan was troubled by the experiences he lived, maybe even troubled by the methods he found himself using. Yes, a TV series affords more time for such subtleties, but the TV series at least had this one aspect that lent it some feel of ?realism?. This film is devoid of any such sense.
December 27, 2014
Un peu lent à démarrer. Sinon le cast est intéressant, c'est bien produit, bien réalisé (mais sans plus). C'est quand même un peu en deça des très bonnes productions anglaises récentes.
February 14, 2013
Really enjoyed this. Ray Winstone is more than at home with this type of role. It is at times a gritty and bloody affair. Will watch this again without doubt.
August 20, 2014
What an age we live in, one tedious formulaic film after another from England and America justifying police brutality and self-righteous "coppers" taking the law into their own hands and getting away with it. Here's another dose of charmless, deviant psychopathic cops from the conveyor belt.
At least the characters in the original series were human, and often humane, but in this film they are reduced to the single and inexplicable dimension of menace. Reagan and Carter should not be policing our society, they should be under psychiatric observation.
The stark sets of glass sheet and featureless wall panels, and the doom laden and bloated (Batman-ripoff) sound track add to the apocalyptic feel, creating the justification presumably for the suspension of normal life and the delivery of summary justice by our unbalanced "heroes".
This ugly and essentially provincial film tries to raise itself to international stature by setting some of the action scenes among the most recognizable tourist attractions of London town. Once that's done the characters return to their inhuman industrial landscapes and comfortless post-modern interiors, which are a perfect setting for the bullish and bloated Winstone and his affected throaty, mashed up delivery.
I guess these British film-makers wanted to show that they were harder than the Americans - but they don't seem to have been anymore ambitious than that.
March 15, 2013
Complete and utter garbage.
Plan B should have been subtitled.
July 17, 2014
In "The Sweeney," London Police's Flying Squad under the command of Jack Regan(Ray Winstone) makes another stunning bust, interrupting an armed robbery in progress. Only to find out that DCI Ivan Lewis(Stephen Mackintosh) of internal affairs has issues with their use of violence. In any case, DCI Frank Haskins(Damian Lewis) covers for Regan, even as Regan is carrying on an affair with Lewis' wife, Nancy(Hayley Atwell), who is also in Regan's unit. Well, maybe it's a good thing there is a case to distract them all, a jewelry robbery gone wrong.
As befitting a movie based on a television series, "The Sweeney" feels like a cliched extended episode of a police procedural, and one whose complicated resolution I still don't understand. But what separates this from mediocrity is the excellent Ray Winstone, simultaneously tough and sensitive, whose throwback look contrasts with the shining towers of modern London which is also well photographed. And as a bonus there is the thrilling ten minute open air shootout which is probably in the top ten all-time.
September 20, 2012
Not usually a fan of Winstone, but he was enjoyable to watch in this.
The action is pretty good, but the dialogue's is a little weak in places. Overall it's a cracking watch.
July 6, 2014
Action-packed film, I really enjoyed watching it. Poor cars, Ray Winstone and Ben Drew nice roles!
June 21, 2014
Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan and his loyal partner, they have their own unique way of operating and always get results. With a bank heist in progress and his old enemy making a reappearance on the London crime scene, Regan will do whatever it takes to get the job done, even defying orders from his no-nonsense boss.
June 13, 2014
It's gotta cool soundtrack that's pretty damn repetitive, It has some damn cool action chase sequences but My problem with the movie is that alot of acting especially in the beginning, feels forced or over done. Either way you look at it there is just something off about the acting in the movie.
May 28, 2014
I usually really enjoy Nick Love's films, he has a creative way of working within his budget and always brings something fresh to the table. This film is so generic and bland that it doesn't feel like a Nick Love film. The pacing is ridiculously bad, the film isn't even 2 hours long and it dragged so much. Ben Drew is always enjoyable to watch on screen but he is squandered on this film. Ray Winstone is doing his usual i'm hard, come and have a fucking go routine and it just makes the film bland. Not a bad film, but not a good one either.
April 17, 2014
Whilst the dialogue is so riddled with clichés it essentially becomes a giant, lone cliché, and some of the actors appear almost embarrassed at times, it is scored to near perfection by Lorne Balfe, and some of the characterisation is likeable. Just such a waste of potential. At least John Thaw wasn't here to see it.
September 22, 2012
Taking a TV series that is 1970's to a tee and recreating it in a modern setting hasn't really worked here, as beyond the title this is hardly anything like the TV programme. The show was mainly about cops pushing their power to breaking point to get the job done and reaping the consequence afterwards, even if they were indeed successful. While here it's about the more clear cut elements from the show like shoot outs and car chases as the interesting ideas of the show play second fiddle to sub "Heat" style action. So forget the Sweeney tag on as it is a gimmick, and just try to enjoy this low-budget cop show for what it's worth.
February 25, 2014
Great series defamed by a remake-movie.
The Sweeney was a great TV series in the 1970s. This is a very lacklustre 2012 movie which does absolutely no credit to the original series.
I was hoping for a tight, gritty, realistic drama. Instead I got contrivances, and cliche after cliche. Hardly realistic at all, and often seems more like a vigilante movie than a cop drama. It sometimes felt like a Dirty Harry or Deathwish movie.
Not all bad. Some of the action sequences were quite good, and some of the repartee was amusing.
Performances are pretty wooden, as you would expect from a gung-ho police drama. Ray Winstone is...Ray Winstone. Always good to see Hayley Atwell...
February 24, 2014
Excellent! Exciting, gritty, classy and tough. Why don't they make entertainment like this anymore?
February 17, 2014
Very good British action cop film. Usually watch comedies but gave this a watch as have seen some good action films in the past as well. Great acting by Winstone and Drew in particular with some great one-liners and witty remarks. I'm personally not that bothered with swearing and think it adds to the entertainment of the film. Superb pace of narrative, doesn't seen rushed or prolonged. Very good film, would highly recommend it