SWAT has its moments

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  • George Bellefontaine
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    • Jan 2001
    • 7637

    SWAT has its moments

    Samuel L Jackson and Colin Farrel star in this fast moving actioneer. A so-so backstory about Farrel losing his position on Swat, then being given another chance on the team led by Jackson. The main story is about the Swat team's effort to transport a nasty crook and turn him over to the Feds. While being moved a news film crew is present and the crook uses the moment to issue a 100 million dollar reward to anyone who successfully frees him from Swat. This makes for a few wild attempts and for one very well planned attempt and we get a lot of bing bam boom !

    This is an okay action flick that moves fast, but it is a waste of Jackson and Farrel's talent. These guys deserve better material. Their characters could have been played by just about any actor with some acting ability. The PQ is pretty good and there is lots of action in the surrounds and the LF. I enjoyed it as a rental but wouldn't add it to my collection.

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  • David Meek
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    • Aug 2000
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    #2

    That's a very concise wrap-up of this film, George. :T Lots of bang bang action, but not much story behind it. It's a good popcorn rental.




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    • Gordon Moore
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      • Feb 2002
      • 3188

      #3
      Yup...I just caught this one on the weekend and I agree. Over-the-top cheese at times. Definately a popcorn flic. Not a buy but worth a rental.

      It does have great sound...some nice panning effects...etc...

      The extras are okay but thin.
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      • Whistler
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        • Aug 2003
        • 74

        #4
        Samuel L. Jackson should be more carefull when picking a role, the last movies where he was involved weren't that good except for Basic. The sound is great though a bit loud, I don't know if I will buy this one.




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        • John Holmes
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          • Aug 2000
          • 2703

          #5
          A few good laughs and solid action. But so much more could have been done with this film. Too many things in this movie just lacked. And Ferral's ex-partner just never sells the "Tough-Bad Guy" role.

          This was one screenplay that should have stuck closer to the TV show scripts!!!




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          • Chris D
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            • Dec 2000
            • 16877

            #6
            Funny... this was another movie on Ebert and Roper's Top 10 Worst Movies of 2003 list. I had put it on my movies-to-rent list, but now I don't know if I'll see it or not.




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            • Gordon Moore
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              • Feb 2002
              • 3188

              #7
              Everyone's a critic Chris...if you want to see it I wouldn't let some movie buff sway you one way or the other. Ebert and Roeper are informative, and Ebert's column is very entertaining and well written but at the end of the day it's just one persons opinion.

              100 people see a movie, 100 people get something different out of it at one level or the next. Just my 0.02 CDN
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              • George Bellefontaine
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                • Jan 2001
                • 7637

                #8
                Chris, I agree with Gordon. I respect the opinion of other movie buffs, but I still like to make my own decision. I may like something someone else hates, or vice versa. As far as critics go, I usually like the films they pan. Go figure.




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