July 8, 2018

S.W.A.T.: Special Edition Blu-ray Review

Mill Creek Ent., PG- 13; 117 minutes


Does anybody even remember the 2003 action flick S.W.A.T?

Honestly, I didn't even know the film even existed until Mill Creek Entertainment released the Blu-ray earlier this year. With the star-studded cast o Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Rodriguez, and LL Cool J, you would think that I would have remembered the movie being released back in 2003.

Based on short-lived 1975 television series, S.W.A.T. centers around a SWAT team of the Los Angeles Police Department. Well, more specifically, the film is more about Officer Jim Street (played by Colin Farrell), who has been in a rut ever since ex-partner and friend Brian Gamble (played by Jeremy Renner) disobeyed an order during a hostage situation, resulting in Street being demoted. Six months later, Street gets his chance at redemption when he's handpicked to join Sergeant Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson's (played by Samuel L. Jackson) new SWAT team, which also includes Michael Boxer (played by Brian Van Holt), TJ McCabe (played by Josh Charles), Deacon Kaye (played by LL Cool J) and Christina Sánchez (played by Michelle Rodriguez).

The team is put to the ultimate test when they are assigned to escort the French drug lord Alexander "Alex" Montel (played by Olivier Martinez) to the FBI, but things don't go as planned when Montel puts a bounty of $100 million to anyone who can help him escape.



Final Thoughts

Yeah, I have no idea why I've never heard of the film version of S.W.A.T. before now. I am aware of the 1975 and the current CBS reboot series, which I've never watched either, so I had no idea what to expect from this film. I would like to point out that the film does have an excellent cast, with Samuel L. Jackson being the standout of the bunch. For the most part, the directing from Clark Johnson is pretty decent with some entertaining action scenes.The plot of a drug kingpin offering $100 million to anyone who can free him, sounds like something from a Michael Bay flick, but the good news is he doesn't have anything to do with the making of this film. Thank God! . For the most part, the directing from Clark Johnson is pretty decent with some entertaining action scenes.

The film and sound transfer on the Blu-ray is great at 1080p High-Definition and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Bonus Features include 2 full-length audio commentary tracks with cast & crew.

Overall, I thought S.W.A.T. was a fun, generic action flick. It's well made, but by the time you're done watching it, you won't remember what it was even about.



*I received a complimentary copy from Mill Creek Entertainment. All opinions are my own.





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