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The Sweeney

Review by Jeff Galasso

Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh | Written and Directed by Nick Love

In the 1970s, Ian Kennedy Martin’s The Sweeney was a ground-breaking British television drama that exposed the rough underbelly of the Metropolitan police force- one which had previously been ignored by the media. Now, over 30 years later, police brutality and corruption seems rather passé; countless TV programmes and films have explored the dark side of law enforcement. So what can the big screen reboot of the iconic British coppers, The Sweeney, offer in the year 2012? With writer/director Nick Love playing a poor man’s Michael Mann, the answer is: not much at all.

As Ray Winstone steps into John Thaw’s shoes as the leader of the flying squad, Jack Regan, some artistic license has been taken in modernising the character. Regan’s drinking has been swapped »

- Phil

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