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.
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Not only does this movie have hottie Colin Ferrell in it, it is also a great movie. There is a lot of action and its funny. The story line is good [...]. I must say the only reason I went to see this movie in the first place was because of Colin Ferrell, but I was suprised to see that is was actully good.
Johnson's jagged shooting style, with handheld camerawork and well-deployed video images, works on the audience's nervous system, tensely conveying the chaos of crime and the brute force S.W.A.T. uses to stop it.
Watching the wheels come off of S.W.A.T. is quite a sight.
SWAT is an action movie that just felt uninspired, unoriginal and lacking in more areas than I could possibly account in this review. This is just one of those movies you watch and someone asks you what you though and you respond "eh, it was ok" and cannot even bring yourself to say anything else. If you're bored and just want a movie to pick up from the video store SWAT will do you just fine... especially if it's one of those days you will spend more time talking than paying attention to the movie, and if you happen to come across it while flipping channels then it might make a decent distraction from your boredome, but I dont know why anyone would pay money to own a copy of this movie. Im very sorry I went to the theater to see this. Samuel L jackson, and your average run of the mill action sequences are the only things that will keep you from completely disliking this movie. You probably wont hate swat enough to bad mouth it to everyone you know, but then again after you've seen it you will probably never ever think of it ever again... ever. Swat epitimizes the word mediocre.
I thought that movie about a SWAT Team would have a little more action init. The beginnings scenes of them training and stuff took way too muchtime. There were a few minutes of action packed goodness but that wasaboutit, good storyline yet predictable. I think there should have been moregroups after them. You should at least rent this movie.
This review is from: S.W.A.T. (Widescreen Special Edition) (DVD) Seen it at the movies and on television....finally own it on dvd.Like the dvd better.
The film was boring. It was SO PREDICTABLE!!! I knew who the betrayers wouldbe halfway through the film. The plot was terrible, and it took about anhour for the film to get going, the character set-ups were too long anddrawn out, AND I didn't care about them anyway. But worst of all, several ofthe characters (or maybe the actors instead) were extremely irritating andobnoxious!!! I wanted the police captain, played by Larry Poindexter?, to beshot by his fellow officers in a "friendly fire" incident, I couldn't standhim. If the movie had been true to life, he would have been the first killedsomehow. I don't know if the actor is this irritating in real life, or ifthe director wanted him to be obnoxious, or if the writers wrote the scriptthat way, but I wanted to get up and leave the movie to get away from havingto watch his scenes. The villain, Olivier Martinez?, was the worst actingjob for a villain this year. Again, he was so irritating, why didn't theother actors just shoot him when they met him, so we wouldn't have had toput up with his terrible accent and horrible acting. Yes, both of them werehandsome and were maybe in the film as eye candy for the ladies, but theyruined this film. THIS WAS THE MOST IRRITATING MOVIE OF THISYEAR!!!!!!If you want to see great villains this year, see Hugo Weaving in "Matrix 2"or Kristanna Loken in "Terminator 3". (Both of them played villains with noemotions, and even then, they were better actors and better villains!!) Alsosee Geoffrey Rush as the evil pirate captain of "Pirates O T Caribbean" whowas just FANTASTIC!!Only "The Recruit" and "Phone Booth" (both starring Colin Farrell), wereworse action movies this year. Go see "Pirates of Carribean" or "Cradle 2 ToThe Grave", or "Terminator 3", or "The Italian Job" or "Lord Of The Rings2", or "XMen 2" for better action flicks. Even "Laura Croft 2" and "LXG" and"Bulletproof Monk" were more fun to watch!! I haven't seen "Gigli" or"Justin and Kelly", but I bet they weren't as aggravating to sit through asthis terrible movie was!This movie is a long drawn out boring TV episode. Don't pay more than $1 tosee it at a dollar movie theater. Or you will feel ripped off like I felt. Ienjoyed "Seabiscuit" and "Finding Nemo" much more than this film. Go seethem instead, YOU'LL HAVE A LOT MORE FUN!!!
I didn't go into this movie with the highest of expectations, coming out ofit I'd have to say it was a solid action flick. It's a guy's movie nodoubt. Explosions, heavy weapons & rock and roll. The story is simple andleads you on a rather straight line and didn't keep you guessing, but it'san action flick, not a suspense or drama. The important thing was that itflowed very well. Just the right mixture of peeks and valleys to keep youlocked and interested. It certainly leaves room for a SWAT II if theywant.Not enough character development was its biggest flaw. So while you kind ofget into it; you aren't necessarily sitting on pins and needles as to thesurvival of the swat team. Another few minutes of development aboutFarrell's ex-girlfriend and what happened, the semi developing relationshipbetween Farrell and Rodriguez that didn't really go anywhere, very littledevelopment of the team members and there family. The other flaw was thelack of a thrilling bad guy. Other than the fact that he had a lot of moneybeing some drug lord big shot, you didn't really know anything about him. This movie in some ways reminded me of `Speed', however in that movie I wasmore into it because of Dennis hopper who played a great bad guy. You likedand hated him at the same time. Whereas in SWAT, you did really care aboutthe bad guy one way or another. I don't mean to rant and rave about theneed for character development, but if you add just the right amount to astory, it brings it more to life without slowing it down. This movie hadenough to get you interested, but not enough to get you pluggedin.All in all, if you like guy movies with Explosives, guns, and plenty oftestosterone, and you like Jackson and Farrell, then this movie is for you. As an action film, it stands on it's own. 7.5 / 10 as an action film, 6 /10 overall (with 5 being average).
I grew up in the '70's, and S.W.A.T. was definitely a part of that, soI was intrigued when the movie came out, and I wasn't disappointed.Obviously, movies are generally more captivating than TV series, and Iwasn't disappointed there, either.I think the part I liked the most was the hard luck story involvingStreet. Good man, did a good job, just found himself at the wrong placeat the wrong time, but he persevered. Michelle Rodriguez is amazinglyempathetic and brainy, despite her "bad girl" routine. Jeremy Renner'swin of Hollywood Life's "Break Through Performance of the Year" is ontarget, as he did a terrific job portraying Gamble.It's a fairly straightforward plot, with the usual, but quiteentertaining twists and turns. It really doesn't lag anywhere but keepson moving, and the twists, if not particularly moving, are at leastentertaining.In all, I'd much rather watch this movie than a cliff-hanger endingthriller that drags you through the first 120 minutes on the promise ofa "big finale." The finale here isn't at the end, but rather, isembedded throughout the movie itself.
The first hour is a complete tedious snooze. You know you're in trouble when there's a shot of LL Cool J shopping in a grocery store. Training, training, TOP GUN-type posturing, training.Michele Rodriguez starts off with the same scowl she's had in every movie I've seen her in, then smiles a couple times in scenes that make me think there might be a love interest--then nothing. Whatever humanity was hinted at (and there wasn't much, believe me) is quickly jettisoned for the by-the-numbers action scenes.I give it two stars for the action scenes in the last hour, but that's being generous. No surprises to be found.
The movie is an admiring salute to the men and women who protect and serve.
What can I say Â This movie goes to great pains to illustrate how the'elite force' of the LAPD gets to be the best Special Weapons AndTactics team on the planet. We see their intense training schedule;their professional and essential teamwork skills; their marksmanship;how they work hard and play hard, etc., etc. But then what happens? Itall goes out of the window in an end game which is all personalgrudges, disorganisation, one-on-one fights and basically a shambles,where luck, more than any 'elite' professional judgement wins the day,if they've even won at all.Some French 'Most Wanted' (they could just as easily have named itafter this other series, and no doubt this title will inevitably appearif this trend of retro movies continues) criminal, upon capture,announces through the media (a la Mel Gibson's RANSOM) that he willoffer $100 million to anyone who will free him. Our newly formed SWATteam are given the charge of escorting him to a secure lock-up. So thegames begin, as various factions go for the prize, including some ofthe supposed good guys.Finally, after the usual pyrotechniques, gun battles and chases, thegood guys manage to deliver their man to the State Pen Â but his $100mill offer is still on the table, so, unsatisfyingly, it's left openended.It's a reasonable actioner which starts very promisingly, but thesecond half is a total let down. We should have been working up to theultimate SWAT scenario, where all the skills we've seen demonstrated inthe training sessions are put to the test, but it never happens.I also have a problem working out which universe it's meant to takeplace in. Obviously based on the 70's ABC TV series, it makes severalreferences to it: Barry DeVorzon's original TV theme music isincorporated prominently in Elliot Goldenthal's score; the characterseven sing the tune in celebratory fashion at a party when they knowthey've finally made it as a SWAT team. Fair enough, they obviouslyremember the old TV show, and one of the characters is later shownwatching it on TV at home where past star Steve Forrest introduceshimself as SWAT leader Harrelson. But wait a minute - isn't that hisown Sergeant's name? Wouldn't this, and also the fact that most of theother members of the TV SWAT team (Street, 'Deke' and TJ) also have thesame names as his 'real life' colleagues, seem a little weird? And,assuming then that the old TV series IS a part of their universe, whydoesn't anyone recognise that their SWAT truck driver is, guess who,the aforementioned Steve Forrest? Or have they just made the old guy anhonorary member of the team? Nice touch, but what happened to the old'suspension of disbelief'? Okay, you can do that kind of thing ifyou're playing it for laughs (like Glaser and Soul's cameo in theSTARSKY & HUTCH remake), but this isn't, and why do they have to havethe same names as the characters in the TV series anyway?Disappointing. Even the presence of Sam L. and Farrell can'tresuscitate this one. Rent it only if you can find nothing better, orsimply want something mindless to watch.Certainly don't buy it. In fact the old SWAT TV series is now availableon DVD and is probably more entertaining and better value for money.
A quick summary (cop represents more than one character):Cop gets fired, cop gets another job, cop gets big job, cop goes bad,cop kills himself, cop goes home.This movie was too simplistic and very predictable. The plot of thismovie was about a fugitive who offered large amounts of money for hisescape and the loopholes the S.W.A.T. team had along the way. A thingthat bothered me is that this plot line happened very late in themovie. There were very few things I liked about this movie. Samuel L.Jackson did a good job. I'm glad I saw this before I opened this DVDthat I got for a good price while I still had a chance to return it.
I'm old enough to remember when this was a weekly action-drama onprimetime ABC. I'm also astounded to admit that this movie doesn't suffertoo badly when compared to the original series! *Possible spoiler: SteveForrest has a ten second cameo as a SWAT truck driver.* Colin Farrell does avery credible job in the role of Officer Jim Street (originated on TV bythen-relative newcomer Robert Urich). Samuel Jackson is suitably kick-a**in the role of Dan "Hondo" Harrleson. And, current relative newcomerMichelle Rodriguez is mui fantastica as Officer Sanchez (the LAPD's ultimateworking mom)!! *In fact, that might be why the scene--where she says alwaysbeing in killing mode makes her smile--was cut from the final draft of theflick. She wouldn't be a good role model for kids if her character seemed_overly_ fond of taking human life; would she?* Final evaluation? 3.4stars
This movie was great! Its full of Action. And there are a few funny parts to give it that extra touch... Alot of people give it a bad review just because there was not sex!! Now whats wrong with no sex in a movie!? There is sex in like 7 out of 10 movies now days. So this movies is actually a refreshing new movie. I watched it with my friends and when it ended we wanted more... This movie deserves a sequal... If your into only movies with sex and romance then dont watch this and dont give it a bad review just because you dont like the Action Genre. But if you love action movies this should be at the top of your list along with Bad Boys 2 and Man on Fire...
This movie actually has no point whatsoever. If there is a plot in this garbage, you'd probably have seen it before. Other than that, this movie has some good scenes of action but the story goes no where and begins from the middle, so you wouldn't actually understand, it's watchable but tasteless and boring. If you want the real deal, get Lethal Weapon 1, 2, 3 or 4.
This was a good action flick but I felt that there was nobody encouraging eachother on the SWAT team or anybody doing anything or saying anything with heart. The film was one of the best action films out there though and I did like the scene where the young swat memebers are training to be on the team. The end of the movie is pretty cool and Samuel L. Jackson played a great leader for the SWAT team just like he was a great coach on Coach Carter. When guns or bombs go off the sourround sound is exhilirating. The commentary was dissapointing though. Buy it if you like action flicks. God bless you and America.
Very enjoyable the first time you see it. Lots of fun, interestingcharacters, a little sexual tension, and very nice to see "KnoxOverstreet" from Dead Poets Society becoming visible again.I saw it a second time today and found that the technical flaws in thefinal sequence were kind of painful.*** spoilers follow *** 1) I doubt that a Lear could land on a bridge and take off again.Especially with the cars cutting off a lot of room on one end. Minimumlanding distance at maximum weight is something like 811 meters, whichmight actually fit on a really long bridge, but take off distance isaround 2400 meters ... way too long for most bridges.2) The girl gets hit with a high powered slug in the Kevlar vest.Moments later someone stands over her and she yells in a perfectlyclear voice "I'm OK". I'm thinking she's in a huge amount of pain sincethese are high powered rifles and even in movie land that's gonna makea young sound pretty injured for a while.3) The biggie ... Colin Farrell is climbing onto a train to chase thebad guy, who rushes at him and pins his hand to the car's floor with along knife. Ouch! He then runs off yelling "you might want to get thatlooked at". So Colin rips the hand off the car with brute force! No wayanyone can do that with a knife through the hand and all those tendonsslashed. Then, he chases the guy down and beats the crap out of himwith lots of right handed hay-makers. By now he's in shock from thepain and damage, and there is no way he can take such a repeatedpounding to that hand. Finally, he gets the drop on the guy and stands5 feet from him pointing a gun. he unloads the chamber, chucks the gunto the ground, and jumps right back into the fight with his damagedhand. On what planet would a well trained SWAT officer give up theadvantage like that just to prove his manhood? Sheesh ... of course hewins and the guys dies and all is well.4) When the team is driving back to the station, another call comesover the radio. Samuel L. Jackson says that their shift is technicallyover for 12 hours ... so they naturally mount up to take the call.Again ... on what planet is a SWAT team that has been awake for over 24hours (and has just had a terrible evening where they killed some oftheir friends) given the discretion to answer any more calls? They arecalled in instantly for hours of debriefing and paperwork.Luckily ... it's a fast action movie and so is still easy to like. Butthese are so blatant .....
Solidly entertaining without being spectacular.
I thought S.W.A.T. was a very cool movie! It has an interesting cast andtons of action! Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, andLLCool J were all good! Also Larry Poindexter, Olivier Martinez, and JoshCharles were good! The music is very good by composer Elliot Goldenthal! Ithink this is a feel good movie where you just watch it and likeeverythingabout it! Jackson was good as always! He was really perfect for his role!Colin Farrell was also very good and in fact this is arguably his bestrolenext to his role as Bullseye in Daredevil! Michelle Rodriguez was verygoodI think she really had the highlight role in the film! James Todd SmithakaLL Cool J also had a cool role! I liked the the big shoot out with themasked baddies! It was staged really well! There is a lot that happens inthis movie! If you like the actors above and love to see movies with lotsofshootings and such then watch S.W.A.T.! Strongly Recommended!