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The Sweeney (DVD)
Member Name: lyndsey1989
The Sweeney (DVD)
Advantages: Plot, cast, characters
I had planned to see a friend last night but as money is tight for me at the moment we decided to get a dvd and stay in. We actually rented the dvd from blockbuster but it is available to buy for around the £10 mark. The film is based on a tv programme of the same name but as I have not seen this I can't compare the two. This is a film only review.
Jack Reagan is a well established cop. He is known in the force for his hands on tactics and much as these are widely frowned upon there is no argument that he achieves results. His partner is George Carter and although he too employs some hands on tactics he manages to stay on the right side of the boss - most of the time. Jack on the other hand will never see eye to eye with the boss and to top it off he is also sleeping with the bosses wife, Nancy.
Jack takes things a step too far when he disobeys orders and he is sent to prison. However, a need for his unconventional tactics and a push from George sees Jack released for one last job.
I had seen this film advertised but didn't know much about it. I thought it looked like it might be a decent watch but I was definitely swayed when I saw it had Ben Drew in it who is better known as musician Plan B. I am a huge fan of his so this definitely drew me in!
I found the film had a good opening and I was hooked on the storyline very quickly. I was skeptical that the film might be a bit too boyish and violent for my personal tastes but it wasn't too bad.
I did like the character of Jack but I definitely wasn't drawn to him and in all honesty most of my attention was focused on George who is played by Ben Drew. I loved the character and felt that he gave a fresh approach to Jacks tactics which often came across as quite dated. He was young and ballsy and had turned his life around from one that seemed to be quickly spiralling out of control as a teenager to a police officer. I thought this was a brilliant idea because initially I was concerned about how Ben Drew might take on the role - in real life Ben has spent time behind bars and therefore I wondered if his interpretation of the police may have been slightly one sided. However I thought he did a great job portraying George and I really enjoyed his performance.
I enjoyed the plot and thought that it flowed well and with ease. I found there was a lot going on in the film but this was all centred around one main event. I was captivated throughout and never found myself wondering how long was left.
The settings were realistic, well thought out and visually stunning. There is a car chase scene that my friend told me had received a lot of good response and I found this an exciting part of the film.
The ending was done well and I found that there were a number of surprises and small twists that I wasn't expecting. I felt that the ending wrapped up the story perfectly and when the credits rolled I was really pleased we watched the film.
The film was released in 2012.
It was directed by Nick Love.
It stars Ray Winstone and Ben Drew.
It runs for 112 minutes.
Both myself and my friend really enjoyed this film. I would definitely recommend it.