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The Sweeney

Written and Directed by Nick Love

UK, 2012

British import The Sweeney, which debuted in its homeland last September but is just now making its way to the U.S., resembles a few different action movies. But, as a remake of a 1970s BBC cop show about an elite police unit, the film it most resembles is the Colin Farrell vehicle S.W.A.T. That film has enjoyed a long life on cable and DVD because it’s brisk and well-made, but no one would accuse it of being great art. In the end, the same is true of The Sweeney.

This is the story of the London police’s Flight Squad, so named because they are not tied down to any one precinct or borough but can fly all over the city. The titular nickname is Cockney rhyming slang: “Sweeney” as in “Todd,” to rhyme with “Squad.” Jack Regan (Ray Winstone »

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