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lime Screen Review: The Sweeney

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The Sweeney






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Cassam Looch

Reporter: Cassam Looch

Big and brash, just like the headlining duo who star in the movie, the big screen adaptation of The Sweeney is a British take on a genre that we've seen countless times before from our American cousins. 

 

 


A hard as nails copper (Ray Winstone) leads his team as they investigate a violent robbery. The gang that committed the crime think they can get away with it, and adding to the misery of The Sweeney, is an internal investigation.

 

There are a couple of stand out scenes, with an extended shoot-out/heist looking every inch the polished hollywood set-piece that it is intended to be. It's not original, in any sense, but it is at least enjoyable. Overall though, the film feels a smidge too long and a few of the contrivances begin to infuriate. Ben Drew continues to impress, and his transition from music to movies is one of the more fascinating things happening in the film industry at the moment. 

 

Release date: 12 September

Starring: Ray Winstone, Plan B, Hayley Atwell

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