The Sweeney

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The Sweeney

Nick Love (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This 21st-century thriller shares little with the iconic 1970s cop show, beyond the title and the names of the three principle characters. It's more in keeping with director Nick Love's earlier big screen output of loud, brash and violent crime films like (The Firm and Outlaw) with London Flying Squad maverick Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) employing dubious methods to bring down a ruthless gang of thieves. Naturally, he ruffles the feathers of his by-the-book superiors (played by Damian Lewis and Steven Mackintosh) while his right-hand man George Carter (Ben Drew, aka rapper Plan B) must decide which arm of the law to follow. The requisite shoot-outs and car chases are well staged, but Love comes unstuck with a confused and lazy plot that presents more questions than answers. Wheeling out every old cop saga cliché means that even Winstone's imposing presence cannot lend the story any serious weight.


An insubordinate detective and his loyal partner set out to stop a series of robberies across London. While they try to bring the criminals to justice, they come under investigation themselves as their unorthodox methods are met with disapproval from their superiors. Crime thriller based on the 1970s TV series, with Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis and Hayley Atwell.

Cast & Crew

Jack Regan Ray Winstone
George Carter Ben Drew
Nancy Lewis Hayley Atwell
Ivan Lewis Steven Mackintosh
Francis Allen Paul Anderson (2)
Harry Alan Ford
Frank Haskins Damian Lewis
Kara Clarke Caroline Chikezie
Simon Ellis Allen Leech
Nathan Miller Steven Waddington
Megan Barret Kara Tointon
Director Nick Love
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 Sep 2012