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Posted By on January 14, 2005

Movie: S.W.A.T.
Reviewed By: M

Samuel L. Jackson …. Lt. Dan ‘Hondo’ Harrelson
Colin Farrell …. Jim Street
Michelle Rodriguez …. Chris Sanchez
LL Cool J …. David ‘Deke’ Kay
Olivier Martinez …. Alex Montel
Brian Van Holt …. Boxer
Jeremy Renner …. Brian Gamble
Josh Charles …. T.J. McCabe

Summary: Lt.Dan Harrelson( Jackson) is sent back to LAPD
S.W.A.T. and assigned to make the best team he can because of the bad
reputation S.W.A.T. has gotten latley. At the same time an international
drug lord was captured in Hollywood during a visit to the U.S. and he
offered 100 Million to whoever helps him escape. With such a big offer
telecasted on national TV, all the major gangs and criminals plan to get
him out and S.W.A.T. have to transport him to another prision but they
face a lot of problems on their way.

Critique: Almost every year there are
atleast 1 or 2 cop movies released to theaters but most of them are lacking
of a good plot or realness. They usually exaggerate on alot of aspects
and end up having a bad movie. S.W.A.T. ,however, has a very realistic
touch to it and a simple yet suspenceful and entertaining plot which make
it one of the better movies this year and possibly one of the best cop
action movies.

"Minority Report"’s Colin Farrell continues to impress with
his profermances and choice of movies. After "Phone Booth",
"The Recruit" and "Daredevil" he comes back with yet
another good movie. This movie wouldn’t be the same though without "the
man" Samuel L Jackson who brings alot to the movie playing the leader
of the S.W.A.T. team. There is alot of chemistry between the team as a
whole and those 2 specially. Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J however
didn’t have much of a big role in this movie like the previews show, they
just provide good looks i assume because after all sex sells.

The plot is not the greatest but not bad at all. Predictable at times
but surprising at others. The tone of the movie and the way it’s shaped
gives the writers big room to write what they want so they could have
made a much better script. But the movie is targeted mostly to teenagers
and set to be a pop corn flick so i see what they were trying to do but
i think they could have accomplished both tasks if they tried.

Clark Johnson, a director/actor most famous for his tv work on "The
Sheild", "The Wire", "The West Wing" and "Law
and Order" makes a big movie directorial debut. The digital effects
were nothing special but they weren’t bad either. One thing i noticed
different about this movie and "XXX" and "The Fast and
Furious" from the same producers , is that this movie didn’t have
any girls. It was focused on cop action for the most part which i liked
because it doesn’t try to be somthing that it’s not and just focuses on
one objective.

Overall "S.W.A.T." is a very good action-packed summer movie
if you don’t try to think too much about it. If you are looking for entertainment
this is you’re movie.

Rating: 7.5/10

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence, language and sexual references.
Runtime: 1:55
"S.W.A.T." opens nationwide Friday, August 8th 2003.