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Old 04-09-03, 11:03 PM
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Swat

whatcha gonna do



how do you think this movie is going to do?

it's directed by a new director

Clark Johnson

what's the buzz on this guy?
Old 04-09-03, 11:09 PM
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I loved him on Homicide...but I don't know how he is as a director..
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"even cops dial 911"


that's funny, i'm a cop, and if we need our SWAT team (we call them SRT) they take 2 friggin' hours to show up. this movie is gonna be hilarious.
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well, there's like 100 different Hong kong movies like this and I've seen a handful of them - it should be a decent summer action flick I'd think.
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S.W.A.T. was one of my favorite tv shows growing up. I don't know what to think about the movie version. I might catch it at the discount theater or wait until it comes out on video.
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I wasn't interested in this until Clark Johnson got the gig to direct. He directed the amazing pilot for "The Shield" and really helped define the style of that show. I have high hopes for the film with him at the helm.
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Originally posted by dyerjp
"even cops dial 911"


that's funny, i'm a cop, and if we need our SWAT team (we call them SRT) they take 2 friggin' hours to show up. this movie is gonna be hilarious.
...so what you're saying is that if you dial 911, it takes a while for the help to arrive.

Shocking.
Old 04-10-03, 09:06 PM
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Not every city calls is "elite" cop unit "SWAT", though LA does. SRT...QRT, there's a whole bunch on acryonms, but most are familiar with SWAT.
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Originally posted by joefrog91
S.W.A.T. was one of my favorite tv shows growing up. I don't know what to think about the movie version. I might catch it at the discount theater or wait until it comes out on video.

Release date, 6/03/03

Yeah baby, YEAH!! I had no clue this was coming out. Screw the movie, I'm gettin' the show.
Old 04-11-03, 12:46 AM
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He did a grest job on the SHIELD pilot and other episodes...
Old 04-11-03, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for the info Mutley! I can't wait to get the box set. I used to pretend I was T.J. and turn my cap on backwards like he did when he was setting up a sniper shot. The things you do as kids.
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S.W.A.T The Complete First Season

There only was one season wasn't there?
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According to IMDB, there were 34 episodes in all. Sounds like more than one season, but seasons did seem longer back then.
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Nah, this was a pretty popular show, as I recall. Season one contains 13 eps, so we still got 21 after that... yay! Whether the show went two or three seasons though, I have no clue.

And you're welcome Joe. I seriously was pretty shocked when I saw it myself. I'd been fantasizing (yes, I fantasize about dvds... you do too! Admit it!! ) about this show coming out on dvd, but thought, "nahhh, they'll never put it out." And here it is! Woo hoo!

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Old 04-16-03, 08:57 PM
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There is the trailer..


http://www.swatthemovie.com/previews...PR1027998.html
Old 04-16-03, 08:58 PM
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http://www.apple.com/trailers/columbia/swat/

and the nicer quicktime version
Old 04-16-03, 09:15 PM
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Hmmm, looks decent enough. The cast and concept enough had me, but looks like it might be able to deliver the goods on some level.
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I liked the trailer. Let's hope the whole movie holds up. I'll see just about anything with Samuel L. in it.
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Here's my review. Some spoilers ahead.

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Having never seen the old tv show that the movie is based on and seeing the trailer a couple of weeks ago, I came in expecting to watch a fun movie that would rely on real stunts than cgi and blue screens. Did the movie live up to my expectations? Yes it did and then some. That is not to say that the movie did not have any flaws. The movie is entertaining because of the of the action sequences and more importantly, the chemistry between th characters.

The movie starts out with bank robbers, wearing body armors having a shoot out with the cops (sounds familiar ?). The SWAT are deployed and within a couple of minutes the conflict is over. Two of the SWAT members, Jim Street (Colin Farrell) and his partner Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) are in trouble by their commanding officer for not following the rules. They save the hostages but one gets shot. This scene is in every cop movie but this one did not feel cliche'd. The director, Clark Johnson handled it very well. Brian is fired and holds a vendetta against Jim for thinking he ratted Brian. Fast forward 6 months later and enters Lt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson). He's "old school" SWAT and considered a living legend, even though he is not as fast as the young guys anymore. Hondo is assigned to recruit young cops to join the SWAT. The commanding officer tells Hondo that they need young SWAT team members because LAPD is losing popularity among the public. It does not make sense but the scenes with Hondo trying to recruit them is fun to watch. Once the team is formed, which includes Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez) and David "Deke" Kay (LL Cool J), Street becomes their anchor, the man that holds the team together. The team is assigned to escort a criminal kingpin of somekind, Alex, to a federal prison. Alex, is supposedly a French, so you lose interest in him right away. Not only is he a French but he acts like a robot, trying to be as cool and calm as a bad guy could be, so double negative points for Mr. Frenchie. The catch is that Frenchie offered anybody $100 million dollars to anyone that can free him. The rest of the movie is a cat and mouse chase between the SWAT and the bad guys. Who is the cat, and who is the mouse depends on the who is trying to escape a deadly situation.

The movie is carried by Farrell and Jackson's strong screen presence. Ferrell's character is tough minded and serious. He has one flaw, he lets his emotions get to him. Jackson is his superior, the wise elder who gives him advise. Some of the conversations between the two were interesting and hilarious. Annoying as the supporting cast seemed in the preview, it is totally opposite in the movie. They only made you want to root for the team even more because they really seemed like a team. Even though the plot is absurd, yet a fun one, the tactics that the team used were pretty impressive. No SWAT member in this movie shoots a gun with one hand ala John Woo. The members cover each other's back. They know they have to work as a team or else they will fail. This is why the ending did not live up to the first 3/4 of the movie. In the end it becomes mano y mano and it looses its consistency. There are some scenes that are unintentionally funny, for example a stereotypical "cholo" shooting a rocket launcher. Hopefully they will re-edit it. The stunts and action sequences are real which is a nice change from Matrix Reloaded and X: 2. I will take real action sequences over CGI, any day. There is one CGI shot and it looked really fake, luckily it did not detract from the movie. And no it is not the CGI shot of the SWAT team above a building as the camera pans back that is shown in the trailer. This is a good thing as it keeps the movie consistent.

A fun movie overall. The ending was a disapointment but it could have been worse (X: 2). At least it was still a bit exciting. The chemistry between the cast made this movie. In addition to that there are some cool action sequences. If you're a fan of tactical assault units (SWAT/ Navy Seals/ Deltas), watch this movie without hesitation!


Grade: B
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Movie looks like crap.
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Movie looks great.
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I'm really looking forword to this.It's got a good cast sam the man,ll cool j and colin farrell (excellent in phone booth,wasted in the recruit) the action looks good,I know its quick in the trailer.I agree that Clark Johnson is good, loved him as meldrake and on The Sheild. I think the DVD should be a good one.
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You gotta like a movie where one of the characters is nicknamed Hondo

The commercials make it look pretty good. I'll go see it.
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I'll check it out.

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