Jim Street is a former S.W.A.T. team member, who along with his partner Brian
Gamble, is thrown off the team in the aftermath of a controversial decision they
made during a robbery/hostage standoff. Gamble quits the force in disgust, but
for Street, being a policeman is his life and he agrees to a demotion, hoping to
someday have the chance to redeem himself and once again wear the privileged
S.W.A.T. uniform. He gets that chance when team commander Dan Hondo Harrelson is
assigned to recruit and train five top-notch officers for a new Special Weapons
and Tactics unit. After weeks of rigorous physical training, the new team is
immediately thrown into action when a notorious drug lord, offers a $100 million
bounty to anyone who can free him from police custody. As they escort the
kingpin out of Los Angeles into the hands of the Feds, the S.W.A.T. team is
pursued by a ruthless and well-armed band of mercenaries.
An all-star cast accompanies this action thriller, loosely based on a
popular 70's TV show. Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson turn in
exciting performances giving this film the right touch of coolness and
high-powered intensity. Colin Farrell portrays a troubled young
twenty-something who constantly struggles with stress filled life on the
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Colin Farrell's convincing
performance opens up the creativity of the script.
This summer blockbuster also does a good job at relaying motives and
character traits for the supporting cast. For instance Chris Sanchez
(Michelle Rodriguez) has a child giving her more of a maternal/feminine
quality. This was a nice little touch since most of her roles have her
portraying a more masculine tough guy (Girlfight, Fast and the Furious). T.J.
McCabe has expensive tastes and a desire to live beyond his means. By giving
the supporting cast little character traits, which translate into motives
later on in the movie, it makes the transitions/betrayals smoother
later in the film.
The casting for the movie is truly ingenious and worth noting as well.
Colin Farrell is probably the hottest young actors in Hollywood and Samuel
L. Jackson, who besides being a respectable "Hondo", is cast to
bring in older audiences.
With convincing performances and motives prevalent throughout the film
combined with a clever script, SWAT is enjoyable experience for fans of the
crime action genre.
See this movie if you're a fan of:
Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Training Day (2001)
SWAT (Popular 70's TV series)
Colin Farrell (Actor, Daredevil, Phone Booth, )