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How ‘The Sweeney’ managed to screw up the time tested British police-action genre I’ll never fully understand. The realism and sophisticated action we’ve come to associate with British films has been thrown out the window for this remake of the 1970s television show.
Directed and written by Nick Love, the film portrays a corrupt police division – The Sweeney – doing ‘whatever it takes’ to solve cases and catch murderers, evidenced by their seemingly intense desire to cause as much collateral damage as possible. Even shooting an endless supply of bullets, around pedestrians, chasing after men armed with automatic weapons through Trafalgar Square wasn’t outside of their one-dimensional potential.
After watching this film, I wouldn’t be surprised if you had to go back and check to see if any of those in the toughest police division were actually hit – as the writing leaves us with so little care or attachment to the characters.
The only positive for this movie was the cinematography, which gave us a mostly well lit movie despite some cliché red lighted faces reminiscent of a high school production of Macbeth.
Top Gear UK helped create the last car chase of the film, which may explain the entertainment experienced – but save yourself the $12 – this part’s on YouTube.