The Sweeney

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"Act like a criminal to catch a criminal."
  • R
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 52 min
  • 6.1  (20,352)
  • 48

The Sweeney is a British crime thriller film from 2012, directed by Nick Love, based on the 1970s television series of the same name. The movie stars Ray Winstone as Detective Inspector Jack Regan, a tough and uncompromising but highly effective cop who leads a special unit of the Metropolitan Police known as the Flying Squad or the Sweeney, specializing in armed robbery and violent crime. Joining him is his loyal partner George Carter, portrayed by Plan B, a.k.a. Ben Drew, an up-and-coming rapper and actor known for his gritty and streetwise style. Together, they embody the rough-and-ready spirit of the squad, as they chase down their criminal targets with relentless determination and deadly force.

The plot revolves around a series of daring heists perpetrated by a gang of ruthless robbers, led by the charismatic and cunning villain, Francis Allen, played by Paul Anderson, known for his role in Peaky Blinders. Regan and Carter must use all their skills and resources to bring him to justice, while also dealing with internal politics and conflicts within their own department, as well as personal issues in their private lives. Adding to the complexity of the situation is the appearance of a beautiful and ambitious detective, Nancy Lewis, played by Hayley Atwell, who becomes romantically involved with Regan, but also has her own agenda and secrets to keep.

The Sweeney is a fast-paced, action-packed movie that combines elements of gritty realism, high-octane thrills, and dark humor, with a strong social commentary on contemporary London and its criminal underworld. The film features a lot of intense and violent scenes, including shootouts, car chases, and brutal hand-to-hand combat, as well as some tense and emotional moments, especially between Regan and his estranged daughter, played by model-turned-actress Hayley Jaffray. The movie also showcases some spectacular cinematography and editing, with dynamic camera movements, stylish visual effects, and clever use of music and sound.

However, what really sets The Sweeney apart from other police procedurals and action movies is its human dimension. Despite their rough exterior and tough exterior, the characters in this film are not one-dimensional stereotypes, but rather complex and flawed individuals, struggling with their own demons and contradictions. Ray Winstone, in particular, delivers a nuanced and powerful performance as Jack Regan, capturing both his bravado and vulnerability, his loyalty and aggression, his sense of honor and his disregard for rules. His chemistry with Plan B is also impressive, creating a believable and resilient partnership that goes beyond mere professional ties.

Overall, The Sweeney is an entertaining and engaging movie that delivers on its promises of high-octane action, suspenseful plot, and realistic characters. Despite some predictable plot twists and clichéd moments, it manages to keep viewers engaged and invested in the story, which is propelled by the strong performances, the stylish direction, and the authentic portrayal of police work in modern urban Britain. While it may not be a groundbreaking or innovative film, it certainly stands out as a solid and satisfying addition to the crime thriller genre.

The Sweeney is a 2012 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 52 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 48.

The Sweeney
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    1 hr 52 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (20,352)
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