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Summary:
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.

Review:
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, )

BASIC (2003)


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Box Office Info:

Cast:
Samuel L. Jackson (as Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson)
Colin Farrell (I) (as Jim Street)
Michelle Rodriguez (as Chris Sanchez)
LL Cool J (as David 'Deke' Kay)

Directed By: Clark Johnson
Written By: Robert Hamner & Ron Mita
Produced By: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Release Date (US): August 8, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 51min

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, language and sexual references.

Filming Locations: Los Angeles (CA), Hollywood (CA), Santa Clarita (CA)

Budget: $80,000,000

Opening Weekend: $37,062,535

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1. Bullet Frenzy
2. Don't Shoot Me Baby
3. My Big Black Assault Weapon
4. AK-47 Scherzo
5. Three Chords In Two Minutes
6. Run For Your Life
7. The Fascist Shuffle
8. S.W.A.T. 911 - Danny Saber
9. Crash Landing
10. That Cop Stole My Car
11. S.W.A.T. Sticker - Elliot Goldnethal
12. Bullet Frenzy II - Elliot Goldnethal
13. Time Is Running Out - Apollo Four Forty
14. Samuel Jackson - Hot Action Cop

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