Excerpt: In The Sweeney, based on the British Television-series from the ’70s with the same name, we see how the members of Londons “Flying Squad” police under the lead of Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) hardhandedly takes care of criminals.
Summary: As much as I wanted to like 'The Sweeney,' I couldn't help but feel bored by it. Based on a popular 1970s television series, the story has been modernized and updated, but the writers failed to make it anything more than an extra long episode of a procedural cop drama.
Conclusion: The Sweeney will probably appeal most to those with some connection to the original television series. Others may find this film too rote and slight to ever really have much impact, but even those folks will probably be impressed by Winstone's take no prisoners approach to the role.
Excerpt: The only thing more tiresome than a gritty reboot of a TV series is a gritty reboot of an unfamiliar TV series. Perhaps in the U.K., when Ray Winstone’s gruff police detective makes an entrance punching his fists through drywall to grab a baddie and say, “You’re nicked,” the audience lights up like...
Summary: Bash first, ask questions later is the default setting for the elite police unit in "The Sweeney," a defiantly anachronistic actioner named after the copshow that topped British TV ratings in the 1970s.
Conclusion: The Sweeney oli alunperin brittiläinen televisiosarja 1970-luvulla. Se on edelleenkin suuressa kulttisuosiossa, joka kasaa aina paineita niiden harteille, jotka haluavat tehdä samalla nimellä jotakin uutta. Uuden Sweeneyn tapauksessa nämä paineet ovat johtaneet jonkinlaiseen kliseiden suohon.
Excerpt: Det finns andra länder än Sverige som producerar polisserier till förbannelse och så litet till. Vi (jag i alla fall) tenderar att dissa svenska polisserier för de är som alla andra svenska serier: repetition, pianoplink, dysterhet, familjekomplikationer, flygbilder över Stockholm och så...