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SWAT

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Clark Johnson
  • 112 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Police action thriller starring Samuel L Jackson and Colin Farrell. When a captured terrorist offers $100 million to anyone who can spring him from jail, a disgraced SWAT agent is given the chance to redeem himself as LA's underworld takes up the challenge.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

In this half-baked cop thriller misfire, SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) officer Colin Farrell is kicked off the team for disobeying an order and has to undergo interminable retraining. There's the germ of a idea during the final 15 minutes, as a billionaire international terrorist offers $100 million to the criminal who springs him from US custody and the SWAT team has to escort him across LA while every hoodlum not locked up tries for the bounty. It's the kind of idea that would have been done brilliantly by John Carpenter in the 1970s or John McTiernan in the 1980s. But Farrell is bland, Samuel L Jackson appears to be aware that he's slumming it and despite the regulation pumping soundtrack and frenetic editing, the result remains resolutely leaden.

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Credits

Cast

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Sgt Dan "Hondo" HarrelsonSamuel L Jackson
Jim StreetColin Farrell (2)
Chris SanchezMichelle Rodriguez
Deacon "Deke" KayeL L Cool J
TJ McCabeJosh Charles
Brian GambleJeremy Renner
Michael BoxerBrian Van Holt
Alex MontelOlivier Martinez
Lt Greg VelasquezReg E Cathey
Capt Thomas FullerLarry Poindexter
SWAT truck driverSteve Forrest

Crew

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DirectorClark Johnson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia TriStar
Released on
2003-12-04
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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