S.W.A.T. Review

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by AVForums Dec 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    S.W.A.T. Review
    Special Weapons And Tactics, or SWAT, are the elite of the American police force, to use the erudite tagline from the movie, “Who do the police call when they are in trouble? SWAT”. Colin Farrell, in his ongoing quest for movie domination, appears in his fifth role of 2003 as Jim Street, a SWAT officer with the LAPD. After an opening kerfuffle in which a hostage is shot he is demoted to cleaning the guns and boots of the rest of the SWAT team in “the cage”. When European drug baron Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) is arrested he offers a huge cash reward for anyone who can break him out of police custody. Sgt. “Hondo” Harrelson (Sam Jackson) is given the task of assembling a SWAT team to transfer Montel into the custody of the state prison. Top of Hondo's wish list is Street, and together with Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez) T.J (Josh Charles) and Deke (LL Cool J) they attempt to prevent every gang, and freak with a gun, from freeing Montel.This thrill a minute actioner is directed with suitable verve and a documentary hand held style, by Clark Johnson. It is no surprise to learn that his directing background is mainly in TV series such as The Shield, La Femme Nikita, and NYPD Blue. He has also starred in many of these series as an actor, and the sharp eyed, anally retentive of you will have fun trying to spot his cameo in SWAT. The story is predictable and follows tracks to the dénouement, literally and metaphorically, but that doesn't really matter. This is a movie that is happy in its skin. It knows what it is and it knows its limitations. Farrell, Jackson and co. churn out the direlogue (sic) with an unhealthy enthusiasm, and their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Johnson ensures the visuals are always interesting, and the pacing never lets you stop and think of the plot holes or non-sequiturs, although the hand held action sequences can leave you a little queasy. All in all I really rather enjoyed SWAT. It is a guilty pleasure, like chocolate or ice cream, you know if you have too much it will be bad for you, but once in a while it is very enjoyable and quite refreshing.

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