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S.W.A.T. (2003)

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Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell swagger throughS.W.A.T., a guns-and-big-trucks macho extravaganza based on the 1970s TV show of the same name, about the police teams brought in to take care of extremely dangerous situations. Jackson plays a sergeant … see full wiki

1 review about S.W.A.T. (2003)

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  • Mar 26, 2004
Whether they go the route of parody or stick true to the original source material, Hollywood has about a 25% success record of making successful films from television serieses. (...) The movie S.W.A.T. is loosely based upon the flash-in-the-pan television series by the same name from the 1970s and is one of the few based-upon-a-tv-movies that actually works well.

The movie stars Colin Farrell as a former S.W.A.T. member who is demoted after being involved in a successful hostage rescue operation which resulted in a civilian being wounded. Farrell's partner quits the force, but Farrell stays on and takes a huge career demotion working in "the cage" (the weapons check out place). He's eventually picked up by Sgt. Hondo (Samuel L. Jackson) to be a part of a new Los Angeles S.W.A.T. team. The team bonds, has a minor assignment, then gets involved with the transportation of an international crimelord who was discovered and arrested because of a broken tail light. The crime boss offers $100,000,000 to anyone who can successfully free him and all the thieves, gangs, and thugs go wild.

I was pleasantly surprised while watching the movie and I really enjoyed watching S.W.A.T. There are two main reasons for that. First off, S.W.A.T. is one of the few movies based on a television show that actually works. The movie is different from the show, yet remains fairly true to the spirit. Not only that, but the movie feels like you're watching a huge television show, complete with places where television commercials could have been placed. Besides that, S.W.A.T. is also a movie that doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is. The movie is a huge action picture and it has no intentions of being anything but that. It doesn't pretend to be anything totally new and original. Since the film doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is, it works well and at times seems surprisingly realistic.

Other than a few innuendos, the movie has no sexual content. There is a lot of violence, but none of it gory or all that graphic. There is a lot of foul language and that's the main thing that keeps the movie from being completely "family friendly".

S.W.A.T. is not a movie that everyone is going to like. However, if your in the mood for a decent action picture that doesn't seem too silly, you might want to watch S.W.A.T.

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