S.W.A.T. (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Crime


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An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody, and only the L.A.P.D.'s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.


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19 February 2004 | Wizard-8
A better title might be So-WAT?
Though the trailers and commercials made it appear to be a hard-core action movie, the end result is anything but. Aside from the (expected) opening action sequence, the first half of the movie is pretty devoid of anything resembling action! It mainly consists of introducing the characters, bringing them together, getting them to work together blah blah blah. Now, that in itself isn't bad, but what makes it bad here is that EVERYTHING about this has a ring of "I've seen this many times before!" There's NOTHING about these characters or this material that seems fresh or even delivered with some liveliness. While it really can't be called downright terrible, it still has you muttering "Yeah yeah, cut to the chase already."

Though the "chase" isn't any better - in fact, I would say it's more badly done than the bland character development that unfolded for the first hour. For one thing we have a really boring bad guy being dealt with - sure, his "100 me-llion dollars" cry is a promising start, but other than that he is developed just as much as a generic thug. And the action sequences suffer from what hurts many Hollywood action movies these days - jerky camera movement, close-up shots, and quick cutting that makes it hard to get a sense of just what's going on. Even when it's something as simple as two men beating each other up, you can't tell who is who! Instead of watching this, track down the Hong Kong action movie EU STRIKE FORCE (a.k.a. THE BIG BULLET), a sometimes silly but energetic and *fun* movie about a S.W.A.T. team, with much more lively characters.

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Release Date:

8 August 2003

Language

English, Spanish, French


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,062,535 10 August 2003

Gross USA:

$116,934,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$207,725,639

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