2 1/2 Stars
“You’re either S.W.A.T. Or you’re not.” – Samuel L. Jackson in S.W.A.T.
That little nugget of dialogue is representative of the entire film. It’s catchy, idiotic, and aggressive. Giving it all the unfortunate ingredients of a modern summer blockbuster. This well-executed action film is a frustrating experience to behold. S.W.A.T. sports some glossy photography, an attractive cast, and a promising concept. But the whole thing doesn’t work as a story. The main characters don’t get involved with the villain until much too late in the picture.
S.W.A.T. is slightly better than it should be, but that doesn’t make it good. Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, and LL Cool J look cool holding heavy weaponry and cracking wise-ass remarks. However, their characters are undercooked which speaks to the simple-mindedness of the screenplay. S.W.A.T. has its roots in the western genre. Sure, it’s been modernized and given a cynical edge, but this is standard stuff. It won’t bore you, it’ll just make you wish it was better.
Director: Clark Johnson
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez