S.W.A.T.

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Release Date: August 08, 2003

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin
Farrell, Jeremy Renner,
Michelle Rodriguez, James Todd
Smith aka LL Cool J, and
Oliver Martinez

Genre: Police Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Eric Rice S.W.A.T. is a basic
action/thriller that delivers
a good story, decent
characters, and a fun time. It
is marred by foul language,
but not overly so for a cop
picture. There is no nudity or
sex. There are sexual
references, but no sex scenes.
And, there is plenty of action
violence and explosions to
accent the shooting, running,
and fast driving. The basic
story is that Jim Street
(Colin Farrell) is a S.W.A.T.
officer (Special Weapons and
Tactics) in Los Angeles who is
temporarily kicked off
S.W.A.T. because of a stunt
his partner pulled in shooting
a bank robber without
authorization. Unknown to him,
his partner has decided to
become a villain. With
S.W.A.T. now having a black
eye in the press, old-timer
Hondo (Samuel L. Jackson) is
brought back from another
precinct to build a new team
and fix the problems. Along
with training two new members,
he decides to give Street a
chance. Soon, after the normal
friction, they are a
well-trained team taking on
adventure and evil-doers.
(Amazingly enough, they
don’t kill every
time!) Meanwhile, a French
drug lord has come to L.A. to
even a score. In a fluke
situation, he is caught by a
traffic cop. After one aborted
escape (complete with lots of
shooting), while being placed
in custody, he shouts out to
the video crews that he will
give one-hundred million
dollars to whoever frees
him. Hondo and Street’s
S.W.A.T. team is tasked with
moving him from the local
prison to a more secure
location in the desert.
Unfortunately, every nasty bad
guy with a machine gun wants
to cash in on the money, as
well as Street’s
ex-partner. S.W.A.T. is well
made, fairly well acted, and,
though some of the characters
are a little
wooden/stereotypical, it is
fun to watch Colin Farrell and
Samul L. Jackson on screen.
S.W.A.T. espouses loyalty,
teamwork, family, and, for the
most part, following the law
(though Hondo s t r e t c h e
s it when he needs), but there
is enough light sexual
innuendo and course jesting to
keep it a movie for older
teenagers and adults.
S.W.A.T. could be compared to
a western of the early 60s.
One would expect gunplay and
some rough talk. A mature
Christian could perhaps enjoy
this film without feeling
slimed when he or she walks
out of the theater. Please
address your comments to: Amy
Pascal, Chairman Columbia
Pictures John Calley,
Chairman/CEO Sony Pictures
Entertainment 10202 West
Washington Blvd. Culver City,
CA 90232-3195 Phone: (310)
244-4000 Fax: (310)
244-2626 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com/

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 130 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony

Director: Clark Johnson EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER: Louis D’Esposito

Executive Producer:

Producer: Neal H. Mortiz, Dan Haslted
and Chris Lee

Writer: David Ayer and David McKenna

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Content:

(H, B, LL, VV, A, D, M) Humanist worldview portraying “might rules,” but secondary moral truths espoused (evil does not win out in the end, loyalty, teamwork, family, etc.); moderate language with about 15 obscenities and four strong profanities; intense action violence with murder, shooting, cutting with knife, fighting, etc.; no sex, but some light innuendo; no nudity; some portrayals of drinking and smoking; and, lying, gambling, and deception.

GENRE: Police Thriller

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Summary:

In SWAT, a S.W.A.T. team must move an evil French drug lord to a secure prison, but the bad guy is offering $100 million to any who will free him. With some foul language and a lot of action violence, S.W.A.T. is nonetheless an enjoyable, well-written movie full of non-stop police action.

Review:

S.W.A.T. is a basic action/thriller that delivers a good story, decent characters, and a fun time. It is marred by foul language, but not overly so for a cop picture. There is no nudity or sex. There are sexual references, but no sex scenes. And, there is plenty of action violence and explosions to accent the shooting, running, and fast driving.

The basic story is that Jim Street (Colin Farrell) is a S.W.A.T. officer (Special Weapons and Tactics) in Los Angeles who is temporarily kicked off S.W.A.T. because of a stunt his partner pulled in shooting a bank robber without authorization. Unknown to him, his partner has decided to become a villain. With S.W.A.T. now having a black eye in the press, old-timer Hondo (Samuel L. Jackson) is brought back from another precinct to build a new team and fix the problems. Along with training two new members, he decides to give Street a chance.

Soon, after the normal friction, they are a well-trained team taking on adventure and evil-doers. (Amazingly enough, they don’t kill every time!)

Meanwhile, a French drug lord has come to L.A. to even a score. In a fluke situation, he is caught by a traffic cop. After one aborted escape (complete with lots of shooting), while being placed in custody, he shouts out to the video crews that he will give one-hundred million dollars to whoever frees him.

Hondo and Street’s S.W.A.T. team is tasked with moving him from the local prison to a more secure location in the desert. Unfortunately, every nasty bad guy with a machine gun wants to cash in on the money, as well as Street’s ex-partner.

S.W.A.T. is well made, fairly well acted, and, though some of the characters are a little wooden/stereotypical, it is fun to watch Colin Farrell and Samul L. Jackson on screen. S.W.A.T. espouses loyalty, teamwork, family, and, for the most part, following the law (though Hondo s t r e t c h e s it when he needs), but there is enough light sexual innuendo and course jesting to keep it a movie for older teenagers and adults.

S.W.A.T. could be compared to a western of the early 60s. One would expect gunplay and some rough talk. A mature Christian could perhaps enjoy this film without feeling slimed when he or she walks out of the theater.

Please address your comments to:

Amy Pascal, Chairman

Columbia Pictures

John Calley, Chairman/CEO

Sony Pictures Entertainment

10202 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90232-3195

Phone: (310) 244-4000

Fax: (310) 244-2626

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

SUMMARY: In SWAT, a S.W.A.T. team must move an evil French drug lord to a secure prison, but the bad guy is offering $100 million to any who will free him. With some foul language and a lot of action violence, S.W.A.T. is nonetheless an enjoyable, well-written movie full of non-stop police action.

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