It’s time for Plan B

Undated Film Still Handout from The Sweeney. Pictured: Ray Winstone as Jack Regan and Ben Drew as George Carter. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Entertainment One. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Sweeney. Pictured: Ray Winstone as Jack Regan and Ben Drew as George Carter. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Entertainment One. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

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The Sweeney (15,, 112 mins)
Action/Thriller/Romance 
Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh, Damian Lewis, Kara Tointon
Director: Nick Love
Released: Wednesday September 12


“You gotta act like a criminal to catch one,” growls Flying Squad hard man DI Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) as he apprehends a gang of armed robbers with old-fashioned brutality in Nick Love’s revamp of the classic 1970s TV series starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.

In the same way that the daredevil antics of Riggs and Murtaugh in Lethal Weapon put a fictional gloss on life on the streets for the LAPD, The Sweeney is completely divorced from the reality of modern policing in London.

Filmed on location in London, The Sweeney embraces every cliche imaginable as Regan propels his department to the brink of self-destruction.

Car chases are well choreographed and Winstone plays the daddy of the department with tightly coiled intensity.

The romantic subplot with Atwell defies credulity – Winstone looks like he would rather chew off her face than kiss it – and their bedroom scene inspires unintentional snorts of derision. By contrast, Drew (aka rapper Plan B) underplays his role but still gets involved in the bruising fisticuffs and a climactic showdown that pokes fun at the British love affair with caravan and trailer parks.

n Swearing, Sex, Violence
n Rating: 5/10