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The Sweeney (2012)

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A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan police. Based on the '70s UK TV show.

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George Carter (as Ben Drew)
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DCI Ivan Lewis
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Francis Allen
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Harry
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DCI Frank Haskins
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DC Kara Clarke
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DC Simon Ellis
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Johnny Wextru
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Evelyn Simmonds
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DC Nathan Miller
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Makin Trebolt
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Megan Barret
Tayo Walker-Allen ...
Neil
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Jack Regan is a slobbish, old style cop whose unsubtle methods usually get results, to the annoyance of internal affairs officer Lewis, who would be even more annoyed if he knew that Regan was having an affair with his young wife, policewoman Nancy. After Regan disobeys orders and a shoot-out in central London following a bank hold-up ends in carnage, he is stripped of office and briefly imprisoned. However, thanks to the loyalty of his young protege George Carter and a little string pulling from his superior Frank Haskins, Regan is released to bring down the villains in a gun battle at Gravesend marina, ensuring the continued existence of his department - the Sweeney. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Act like a criminal to catch a criminal

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence and language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eidiki omada Sweeney  »

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Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,321 (USA) (1 March 2013)

Gross:

$26,345 (USA) (8 March 2013)
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Although Regan and Carter are shown driving cars, the real Flying Squad have specialist drivers. All they do is drive, and are trained to exceptional levels. The most senior officer in a car would sit in the front passenger seat, as was the case in the original TV series The Sweeney (1975) in which most of the driving was done by the "Bill the Driver" or other drivers. See more »

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During the car chase through the caravan park, Carter can be seen leaning out of the passenger side window to shoot at the other car. In the next shot, the window has (very quickly) been rolled back up and Carter is sitting back in the seat. See more »

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DC George Carter: He's either done all his beans and gone skint or an opportunity came his way and he simply just couldn't say no.
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Written by Jordan Crisp & Lloyd Perrin
Performed by Jordan Crisp & Lloyd Perrin
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Would Have Made a Decent TV Special
7 September 2012 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

The style of the movie largely relies on sweeping glass and steel shots of London, while they're beautifully done and almost futuristic, you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the opening scenes of The Apprentice they're so disjointed from the film itself.

The Sweeney are The Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police, tasked with cracking down on violent crime and armed robberies. They're loud, cocky, and vicious and, if the cases we're shown are anything to go by, very, very bad at their job.

Regan (Winston) is head man and a law unto himself, his sidekick Carter (Drew) and the rest of his special ops team are housed in a swish crow's nest of Scotland Yard with all mod cons. While Winston and Drew have an unmistakable chemistry on screen they really didn't have much to work with. Drew delivers his lines painfully slow, as if inebriated but you have to give it to the guy, he's not bad when it comes to fisticuffs. The gung ho ways and abysmal record of their squad attracts the attention of Internal Affairs, who are just waiting for a reason to shut them down. The wait isn't very long.

England's capital is largely deserted for the duration, which again beggars belief. There's a monumental hot pursuit and shoot out on an almost empty Trafalgar Square with just enough passers by to be pushed violently to the ground by both the fleeing criminals and the cops themselves, by the third time, it was comically so. It would appear that The Sweeney have been trained at the Storm Trooper Shooting Range as London town is shot up in relentless gunfire but not one bullet reaches its target. Think Hot Fuzz not Miami Vice.

The plot is convoluted, the cases needlessly complicated and for the life of me I couldn't get excited about a Serbian Georgie Burgess as the bad guy. While Nick Love is renowned for his cockney gangster offerings, unfortunately this time round he didn't think to bring either a decent story or a coherent script to the table.

The Sweeney is somewhat enjoyable but it borders on parody far too often. It's outdated and overplayed with enough product placement have an accompanying catalog. It would have made a decent TV special but for a big screen outing it's a meh from me.


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