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Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. Written by
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S.W.A.T. may be the best action film since THE TRANSPORTER...Just ignore the
plot holes, leaps of logic, and occasional cold-bloodedness, and enjoy the
fast-paced action and macho camaraderie!
Jim Street (Colin Farrell, easily 2003's busiest actor!) is a decorated LAPD
S.W.A.T. member, but when his partner, Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner, looking
like a pumped-up Elijah Wood) disregards orders during a bank robbery, and
wounds a 'civilian' female, while taking out the leader, the lady sues the
city (considering the baddie was about to kill her, the reaction seems a bit
illogical!). Dressed down by their boss, Capt. Fuller, Gamble goes
ballistic, and quits the force; Street "eats crow", and is demoted to
working in the Weapons Cage, cleaning weapons and putting up with verbal
abuse from former teammates (who thought he'd 'sold' his partner out...an
attitude that seems illogical, as well, as he'd been in their ranks three
years, and they SHOULD have known him better! ). He maintains an insane
physical regimen, and prays for the day he can return to
Six months pass, and the unit's reputation is on the skids, so veteran
warhorse 'Hondo' Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson, looking sexier and more
dangerous than ever!) is called in, to put together an elite team inside of
S.W.A.T., sort of a 'baddest of the bad' crew, to take on worst case
scenarios (how this would help the performance of the REST of the unit, who
knows?) He picks Josh Charles and Brian Van Holt from S.W.A.T., LL Cool J, a
street cop with an 'attitude', Michelle Rodriguez, as a female cop with even
MORE of an attitude...and Jim Street, with whom he bonds like a long-lost
brother, despite threats from Capt. Fuller. There is GREAT chemistry between
Jackson and Farrell, and their scenes together are film
After 'DIRTY DOZEN'-like training scenes, and embarrassing the egotistical
Fuller by ace-ing his terrorist hijacking training scenario ("Best time
ever, right?" Hondo razzes the Captain, as the last 'terrorist' is taken
down), the new unit is given a choice assignment...moving a youthful
international crime kingpin (played by UNFAITHFUL's Olivier Martinez) to a
holding facility. Unfortunately, in front of television cameras, Martinez
offers $100 million to anyone who can spring him...and virtually EVERY hood
in L.A. decides to take a shot at the money. Then the fun REALLY begins, as
the film becomes one long action sequence!
While the subsequent 'surprises' are predictable, and the climax, a Lear Jet
landing on a bridge, is impossible (the winds alone would have cracked up
the small aircraft against the narrow confines of the span), the pacing is
so fast and furious that you accept the leap of logic of the sequence, and
the subsequent fight between Street and...well, watch the
While I'm not sure S.W.A.T. will encourage tourism to L.A. (which is
pictured as so crime-ridden that it makes New York City look like an Amish
village!), the film IS fun, in a violent sort of way, and seeing the star of
the original series, Steve Forrest, in a brief cameo, was a pleasure! Now,
if I can just get that darned theme song out of my head...
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