Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2013, I wasn't expecting the brilliant and classic Sweeney which brought about 2 of the greatest characters ever in British TV in Regan and Carter but was still gobsmacked with how poor this was. Guess he never watched Top Gear. If this wasn't called 'The Sweeney' you wouldn't know it was based on the TV series as it bears no relation to the classic series whatsoever. Car chase from the 2012 film The Sweeney remake of the TV series filmed in collaboration with Top Gear. It doesn't even feel like it's based on The Sweeney. All Rights Reserved. From the rough hand of the female lead to the minivan of an veterans fixer, it's the details that make it fun. Ray Winston is excellent as usual. ... T he writer Ian Kennedy-Martin based the original television series The Sweeney … © 2020 Kent Film Office. Early on, he pockets a few gold bars from an armed robbery for himself, though this blatant corruption is neither explained nor explored. It's an interminable, momentum-free yarn concerning dodgy east European bank robbers that only serves as a generic chassis on which to bolt the fist fights, shoot-outs, car chases, and random acts of police brutality. There was some action and decent car chases which may appeal so it gets 2 stars - but the real Sweeney deserves better than this, Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. The Sweeney (2012) Full Cast & Crew. Shame. Newcomer Ben Drew as Winstone's protégé shows promise.

The devil is in the details. The Top Gear team assisted with filming the car chase scenes, which was featured in an episode earlier this year. Atwell, Mackintosh and Lewis did their best but this is not something that they will want front and center of their resumes. Although any empty trailer park? The plot was far fetched and some of the shoot out scenes farcical. This film bears no resemblance to the TV series and is just a cop film of mediocre quality. The movie is fast-paced and heart pounding. By the time he's asked to hand in his badge and gun, a citizen's arrest of the film-makers is surely justified. Instead of Lord Sugar saying "you're fired", we get Ray Winstone saying "you're nicked". I'm very disappointed as I really hoped that it would be better. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Only the brand name has been retained. Armed and dangerous, the pair tackle a bank heist and with the re-appearance of an old enemy will do whatever it takes to get the job done – even if it means defying orders of no nonsense ‘Guv’ Damian Lewis (The Escapist, Homeland). Ben Drew is appalling as an actor - one of the worst performances I've ever seen. I understand he's a rapper in Britain so there is room for a second career. Apparently it took six years to make. There's some noteworthy set pieces none more so than a shootout in Trafalgar Square that's reminiscent of a similar scene in Michael Mann's "Heat".

The ultimate insult is the inclusion of a mangled and butchered version of Harry South's classic theme at the end; it sounds like a tape getting chewed up and ruined by a tape deck. Directed by (1) Writing credits (3) Cast (104) Produced by (8) Music by (1) Cinematography by (1) Film Editing by (1) Casting By (1) Production Design by (1) Art Direction by (1) Set Decoration by (1) Costume Design by (1) Makeup Department (6) Don’t miss The Sweeney which is set for cinema release on September 12th 2012. I won't spoil them and spill them out for you, buy it's a good watch. "The Sweeney" isn't the most original action picture but its London locale gives it something of an exotic touch. Travelling or based outside United States? Video availability outside of United States varies. The island is a popular destination for tourists as it has many holiday parks surrounding the beaches.

What they seem to have done is create a very average action/crime thriller (Danny Dyer type), and then given it the title 'The Sweeney' simply to sell it.

Sign in to see videos available to you. Despite this, it's a worthy film for the mere fact that, yet again, the Brits show their acting skills are worthy of admiration.

They need to go back to the firing range for a LOT more practice -- bad shots, all of them. Only buy if you want to watch a load of rubbish & have a couple of hours of your life spare to waste. And the plot?

The Sweeney team in action © Vertigo Films / Embargo Films Production. Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2013. Unfortunately in all that time they seem to have lost sight of what this film was supposed to represent. There is not one good thing to say about this film at all. Support by outstanding actors, really entertaining watch. Release dates 12/09/2012 . For more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map. The writer Ian Kennedy-Martin based the original television series The Sweeney on the hard-drinking escapades and questionable methods of a real-life Flying Squad copper, but this remake doesn't feel like it's based on anything remotely real. The production visited the Isle of Sheppey  to film a dramatic high-speed car chase using the Kent Film Office’s legal powers to close roads for filming. Financial analysis of The Sweeney (2012) including budget, domestic and international box office gross, DVD and Blu-ray sales reports, total earnings and profitability. Ray Winstone is a great actor (Sexy Beast and Scum are truly excellent movies that showcased his talents well) but he's utterly miscast here. "Sexy Beast", Ray Winstone is pretty good in this one.

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