"I spent my hard earned cash for a matinee fully expecting to watch a big, loud, dumb, mindless and escapist action packed film filled with gun-fights, fist fights, stuff blowing up, mean Euro-trash villains (in this case a real slimy Gaul), a team made of devoted experts, decent enough acting and a few funny lines as well as a passable performance by the young Mel Gibson-like Colin Farrell and I have to say, my money was well spent. SWAT has the potential to be the TOP GUN for special police forces. SWAT contains TOP GUN'S romanticized vision of ripped warrior bodies performing great feats of physical skill. Like TOP GUN'S Navy Pilots and their super sonic jets, this super Police force expertly manipulates specific technology to defeat the forces of evil. A warrior's complete and total command over the tools of the trade- guns, cars, clubs and each other makes such films work as effective recruitment tools. Who wouldn't want to be part of such an expert team?SWAT embraces all the required clichés befitting a proper action/cop picture: the [...]by-the-numbers captain, the hardened veteran (played with the usual strength and charisma by the always excellent Samuel L. Jackson), the roguish rebel, the tough female partner, the shapeshifting turncoat and the family man as sacrificial lamb. If someone wants a decent action-adventure, no thinking required, entertaining junk food movie that provides temporary satisfaction, SWAT serves the bill."
You're either S.W.A.T. or you're not
wendy0528 | South Florida, USA | 08/18/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the 1970s TV series, S.W.A.T. is a great story with just enough action to keep you going, without overdoing it.Jim Street (Colin Farrell) and Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) are partners on the Los Angeles Special Weapons and Tactics team. When a successful hostage rescue results in a lawsuit for the department, hot-head Gamble quits the force while Street accepts a demotion, hoping for a 2nd chance. That 2nd chance comes in the form of Lt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson), a departmental war horse assigned to restore the division's reputation. He hand-picks a new team with Street as its top dog. The other members include Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez of Blue Crush and The Fast and the Furious); David "Deek" Kay (Rapper L.L. Cool J); T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles of Dead Poet's Society); and Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt of Basic and Windtalkers). Throughout their training period, we get to know a bit about each team member. Their individual personalities really come to life.Meanwhile, a French criminal kingpin named Alex Montel, played by Oliver Martinez ("Unfaithful"), is caught and imprisoned, and offers $100 million to anyone who can help him escape. The Team is now up against a bunch of money-hungry LA mercenaries which will include some familiar faces.Great action movie. Naturally, most scenes are stolen by the legendary Samuel L. Jackson and the young, hot, Irish actor Colin Farrell. But the other team members shine as well and add so much to the team and the film. Definitely worth it."
S.W.A.T is not B.A.D at all!
A. Chopra | 02/15/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen a lot of negative reviews here for this movie. I think this movie is not that bad at all. If you have liked "Speed", you will probably like "S.W.A.T" too. The actions are great, and so is the photography. The director has used his imagination and with the camera he managed to get some excellent shots for the movie. However, I was little disappointed by the acting of Samuel L. Jackson, and Michelle Rodriguez (actually not expected anything from her, she has an emotionless face), but Colin Farrell, and Olivier Martinez looked great throughout the movie.
Sometimes, the movie get slow, but soon picks up with action and keeps the audience on their seat. I agree with one of the reviewer that the movie is more mechanical thriller, but still it's worth a watch. The DVD I got had all the features, except the eight deleted scenes mentioned here. The sound effects are great and you will enjoy this movie if you have a 5.1 home theater system. "
Decent formula action flick.
Peter Sanders | Oak Park, IL USA | 09/22/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This will show up on the USA network some day, as their ad campaign last year stated, "No films, just movies." SWAT was a mildly pleasant ride with few, if any surprises. It was difficult for me to fool myself into thinking I didn't have the major plot points down after the first five minutes. A friend said something to the effect of "A movie like that, people stick around for the dialogue, not the plot points." It's just unfortunate that the dialogue wasn't more creative.There was one shining moment of creativity in this movie. This has been stated about SWAT everywhere from the trailers to capsule reviews, so I'll just tell you this may be a very MILD spoiler. The question of what might happen if an international criminal offered 100 million dollars to anyone who would get him out of prison was the one thing about this movie that really seemed fresh and original. Some of the proposed answers to that question were rather disappointing, however, and on a couple levels reinforced stereotypes about people of color in LA. Bottom Line: Fun escapist fare. Samuel L. Jackson probably saves the movie, but if you can only see one Jackson SWAT movie, make it The Negotiator, which you can convieniently purchase right here at amazon.com, or at your local retailer. :)"
One of those movies you either love or hate -- I enjoyed it.
Alex Thomas | 04/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie on t.v. for the first time a few days ago and now I'm buying the DVD. I'm not a big fan of action movies but I do watch them now and again. I've read quite a few negative reviews about this film and I think they are undeserved. When I saw it I thought it was good, not Diehard good, but it held its own. I really enjoyed it. I really liked the idea that they included a female member of SWAT. One never sees a woman SWAT member. It looks like this is one of those movies you either love, like, or hate. One has to make up one's own mind."