Film review – The Sweeney (2012)


Film: The Sweeney
Released: 2012
Director: Nick Love
Stars: Ray Winstone, Damien Lewis, Ben Drew, Steve Waddington

Synopsis:
A hardened detective in the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan police. Based on the ’70s UK TV show.

What I thought of it:
When you base a movie on a well-loved classic TV show, there’s a real danger that a) you’ll keep too much the same and it will seem out of touch and out of time, or b) you update it and everything the fans loved about the show is lost. On a very rare occasion you end up with c) an updated version that manages to retain all the best elements while still giving it a modern feel. This is one of those latter movies.

There’s all the action you’d expect from an action crime drama, and it’s so gritty you’ll feel like you’re chowing down on gravel rather than popcorn. These are the guys that tread the fine line between the good guys and the bad guys – they have to think and act like crooks to catch the villains. And if the criminals get banged up a bit on the way to being banged up, then that’s all par for the course. It’s rough, it’s harsh, and it’s thrilling.

Ben Drew (aka rapper, Plan B) has been involved in several urban-set projects now, and he’s really shaping up to be a good actor. Dare I say it, he was pretty much perfectly cast as Carter, a young man from the wrong side of the tracks who has found himself fighting the good fight under the tutelage of Jack Regan. And Regan, well, he’s just as hard and shady as his television counterpart, and although he’s knocking on a bit now, Ray Winstone proves that he is still, and always will be, The Daddy.

Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Gritty, hard, edgy and entertaining.

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