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The Sweeper (1996)

Video  -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  25 June 1996 (USA)
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A young renegade undercover cop (C. Thomas Howell) with a propensity for violence and a past history involving the murder of his cop father (Jeff Fahey) and the remainder of his family is ... See full summary »

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Jim O'Malley ...
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Jon Ingrassia ...
Marsh
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Grubb
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Jeremiah Pope
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A young renegade undercover cop (C. Thomas Howell) with a propensity for violence and a past history involving the murder of his cop father (Jeff Fahey) and the remainder of his family is recruited by a vigilante group with a leader (Ed Lauter) who wants only to kill all criminals and those associated with them. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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JUSTICE NOW without the constraints of the legal system

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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This was 'Max Slade''s (Young Mark) final movie before he went off to pursue a career as a rock star. See more »

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Sean: You want to be a cop like daddy?
Young Mark: Shit, yeah!
Dale Goddard: Watch your mouth, Mark.
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Now this is an action movie!
30 August 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I was quite skeptical when I picked this up off of the shelf at the video store. This film (about which I have heard nothing before) was probably a direct-to-video release from a no name movie director and producer with a lead actor who isn't that well know. I have seen my share of cheesy low budget action movies before and they can be quite entertaining for how dumb they are. Take some Steven Seagal movies recently: they are embarrassingly bad but if you want to watch a crappy movie and get a laugh they are great.

I approached this movie with that very attitude only to be totally surprised by the all out action scenes and some remarkably awesome car chases. From the intro to the final scene this movie just rolls along with shootouts, chases, and of course, obligatory B-movie sex. What's more is that the action is better than most big-budget, star-laden productions, because the action here is just action, not so much obvious choreography, but s**t blowing up! Cars flipping over! One pistol in each hand and too much ammo! Guys flying back with bloody squibs bursting! Of course the action was, in fact, choreographed, but that factor is much less in your face then say... a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. Bad Boys 2 had a $130 million budget, 2 big stars, other known actors, a big director, and probably Hollywoods current most powerful, money-loaded producer (who has, in fact, made some good films), but that all didn't stop Bad Boys 2 from being a glamorous over done mess. An example from the other end of the spectrum would be Alone in the Dark. That film didn't have an astronomical budget ($20 million) but it was still to glammy and the effects seemed to be there just to show them off. And, in the end, the film was generally hated and now owns a very special spot on the IMDb bottom 100.

The Sweeper is not like that in anyway and, as far as mainstream action films go, it is more like Ronin. Though I must say Ronin is better than The Sweeper, as the story aspect in it is much better. Here the story is pretty much an excuse for all action, but if you want to watch an action film, will you really complain? Entertainment doesn't have to be story perfect. And both Ronin and The Sweeper spare the viewer the "big and overdone" aspect that Jerry Bruckheimer and his good friend Michael Bay love to specialize in. Also, ironically, Ronin didn't fare that well at the US box office despite having respectable actors and good director, because people just want fun and glam too much. I guess truly good action films are like heavy metal: everyone knows they exist, but other forms of the same thing dominate the charts. And both have their own loyal audience. 8/10

Rated R: violence and profanity


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