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Film Review: The Sweeney

Sadly, the film's plot is an illogical mess and the main characters are deeply unlikeable, boorish sociopaths with a taste for sadistic thuggery that the filmmakers seem to share.

The Sweeney

Director: Nick Love

Starring: Ray Winstone, Ben Drew, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell

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Updating a much-loved British TV cop series from the 1970s, this flashy London police thriller is the biggest project yet from the writer and director Nick Love. Winstone stars as the burly bruiser Jack Regan, the loose-cannon leader of a special squad of detectives set up to target armed robbery and violent crime. Playing his streetwise young deputy is Drew, aka the rapper and musician Plan B, who wrote and directed his own superior cockney crime drama Ill Manors earlier this year. Love makes contemporary East London look magnificent, shiny and futuristic after its recent Olympic makeover. The action scenes also have a ferocious energy, especially a fast-moving gun battle around Trafalgar Square. Sadly, the plot is an illogical mess and the main characters are deeply unlikeable, boorish sociopaths with a taste for sadistic thuggery that the filmmakers seem to share.

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