S.W.A.T. 2003


Action / Adventure / Crime / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 48%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6


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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Samuel L. Jackson as Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson
Jeremy Renner as Brian Gamble
Colin Farrell as Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez as Chris Sanchez
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by thefan-2 7 / 10

Good action movie, but not enough Michelle Rodriguez.

As cop movies go, this one isn't bad at all. It gives some nice background information about the characters without overdoing it, and the plot is satisfying if not awfully surprising. My main quibble is that hottie girl-jock Michelle Rodriguez didn't get enough screen time. It's nice to see she made the SWAT team, though, and we can always hope she'll have a bigger part in the sequels. On the other hand, Colin Farrel, who evidently has a modest following among female moviegoers, gets plenty of screen time. Something for everybody.

On the way to this movie we got stuck in traffic, and for a few minutes it looked as if we might arrive late. My son joked, "Oh, nothing exciting ever happens at the beginning of these movies anyway." As it happens, we got there just as the movie started, and I had to laugh at how appropriate my son's comment was. "SWAT" immediately jumps right into a ferocious action sequence, like a good action movie only in spades. Don't be late.

Reviewed by eric262003 5 / 10

A Film That Means Swat

The little facial expressions on the main cast can indicate where the movie "S.W.A.T." is going. From Samuel L. Jackson's macabre smile, Colin Farrell's airy moment of stillness to Michelle Rodriguez's fearless glower. Sure they make those expressions like this movie has a lot to offer, but this film truly lives up to its abbreviated title, it all means total swat.

And sure the performers can pose in their stances to look fearless and intimidating, but the story based loosely on the 1970's television series doesn't do justice because the action is awkward and forgettable and the crew behind it gave me the impression that they're on sabbatical. An though this film isn't the worst movie I've ever seen, it still doesn't deserve any kind of praising from me.

The diversification of the character's traits might shed a bit of light towards the movie "S.W.A.T." Samuel L. Jackson plays the role of Sgt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson who collaborates a squad of dedicated and determined criminal fighting cops. Among his squad members are the solemn but intense Officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell) and the tough and fearless Chris Sanchez played by Michelle Rodriguez. It's great that we can get into get into the characters and to some extent LL Cool J's role as Deacon "Deke" Kaye who actually is really on for posing to blend in during group scenes.

But then the movie goes falls into the obvious trap of unfulfilling cliché crap. Olivier Martinez is French gangster Alexander Montel who storms into the Los Angeles scene and no sooner does he slash he crime boss uncle by the throat while having dinner together and chimes, "you take my money, I take your life." So we're being fed to the villain right away without any need of introduction because we already know he has evil intentions. And yet the only offensive misdemeanour he was committed to was getting pulled over for a bad taillight and spends the majority of the movie clad in a prison jumpsuit.

They also seem to playfully set up a romantic entanglement between Street and Sanchez. They're drinking together and being flirty and the next day he comes to her estate. Are we going to see another side of Rodriguez's acting that is never revealed because her true potential is always sidelined? Well keep dreaming, because once the bell rings, the squadron is off getting ready for the grand climax.

The score from the first scene will turn optimistic fans into thinking that the opening scenes should garner some sign of excitement. The opening scene ventures into the middle of a brutally violent hostage situation. But the narrative offers no information about the takers or the hostages. All we get is a lamented soul crying about her life bawling in tears. Who is she? Better yet, who is anyone? It seems that director Clark Johnson seems to care more about the action scenes that have no meaning or reason behind it.

And even though we are enlightened to know which cop drinks Dr. Pepper and which one consumes a lot of junk food, but fails to inform its audience as to why Montel is a deviant criminal or even give a damn if he should be locked or to roam free. We are also later awkwardly fooled that the principal friction in the story is not between Street and Montel, but Street and former partner Officer Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner). It just feels so randomized in delivery.

In the end of watching "S.W.A.T." all I can say is that the ideas seem to be in place, but fails to be fully assembled and then decide to just leave it like that as if it's not worth piecing together. It's really all very forgettable. The talent pool of accomplished performers would be better if they never added this movie to their credit on a resume.

Reviewed by 851222 7 / 10

Not bad flick

Greetings from Lithuania.

"S.W.A.T." (2003) is an action flick and nothing more - it doesn't try to be anything else, nor it is - its what it promises to deliver it delivers. The plot is pretty good, although yes sometimes sometimes formulaic but it does work. Performances were also pretty nice for this material. The more tight direction of this movie i think would have made this movie better, but it is OK flick for what it is. And by the way i noticed in once scene, one ultra short scene Octavia Spencer - yes, the same Oscar winning actress in one small scene, that was really cool

Overall, "S.W.A.T." has nothing original nor super exciting, but it delivers what it promises - action flick and nothing more. On that account, it works.

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