Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.
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
Sergeant Hondo has 3 hash marks on his uniform shirt sleeve. Each hash mark represents 5 years of service. LAPD regulations allow someone to wear the next hash within 6 months of the anniversary date. So Sergeant Hondo would have 15+4.5 years (19.5 years) of service maximum. The movie was made in 2003, and the police vehicles are of the correct vintage, so the movie was presumably set in the same timeframe.
Sergeant Hondo would then have started around 1983 or 1984. It takes a minimum of 9 years on the job before you can apply to SWAT, so Hondo would not have been able to be SWAT until 1992-1994 at the earliest.
This makes Gus' comment that Hondo was "old school SWAT" and the Lieutenant's comment about "bringing old warhorses to restore the luster of SWAT" out of place. While 10 years on SWAT is nothing to scoff at, it certainly doesn't match Hondo's age, or the reputation they attribute to him. See more »
We need to sell that shit on eBay.
I only have one.
We'll split the profits fifty-fifty, corner the market. Break 'em down like a shotgun - The Polish Penetrator!
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Director Clark Johnson, who appears in the film briefly as Deke's beat partner, is credited as 'Deke's Handsome Partner'. See more »
Though the trailers and commercials made it appear to be a hard-core action movie, the end result is anything but. Aside from the (expected) opening action sequence, the first half of the movie is pretty devoid of anything resembling action! It mainly consists of introducing the characters, bringing them together, getting them to work together blah blah blah. Now, that in itself isn't bad, but what makes it bad here is that EVERYTHING about this has a ring of "I've seen this many times before!" There's NOTHING about these characters or this material that seems fresh or even delivered with some liveliness. While it really can't be called downright terrible, it still has you muttering "Yeah yeah, cut to the chase already."
Though the "chase" isn't any better - in fact, I would say it's more badly done than the bland character development that unfolded for the first hour. For one thing we have a really boring bad guy being dealt with - sure, his "100 me-llion dollars" cry is a promising start, but other than that he is developed just as much as a generic thug. And the action sequences suffer from what hurts many Hollywood action movies these days - jerky camera movement, close-up shots, and quick cutting that makes it hard to get a sense of just what's going on. Even when it's something as simple as two men beating each other up, you can't tell who is who! Instead of watching this, track down the Hong Kong action movie EU STRIKE FORCE (a.k.a. THE BIG BULLET), a sometimes silly but energetic and *fun* movie about a S.W.A.T. team, with much more lively characters.
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