The Sweeney DVD Review


If The Sweeney has a very 70’s-cop-drama-feel that’s for good reason – it was based on the 70’s British TV show of the same name. This updated version gives a nod to greats of the genre like Serpico and French Connection, but also owes a debt to more modern classics like Layer Cake and even Reservoir Dogs (minus the gore).  

The movie follows a group of London detectives that are part of the cloistered Flying Squad that investigates large-ring armed robberies. Yes there are some reliable cop movie crutches that are leaned on in this one (rock star cops isolated from the rest of the police department; a charismatic, “I don’t follow your rules” leader; and questionable police tactics), but clichés aside, the movie is wonderfully acted and highly entertaining.

And because this is a British movie, there is no need to fear an endless series of watered down sequels that would tarnish the original – an obvious fate The Sweeney would suffer if it had originated from Hollywood.   

The Sweeney/1 DVD/112 Mins./eOne/2013

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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