If the Metropolitan Police are hoping to get away from their image in some sectors as oppressive cowboys with a penchant for shooting people they don’t need to, The Sweeney isn’t going to help the cause. The film takes the stereotype of the old school, rulebook ignoring cop and ramps it up the nth degree. Indeed it’s more the cliché of the original 1970s TV series it’s based on than anything close to the series itself. [Read more…]
It took a while to get a film version of the classic 70s TV show, The Sweeney, off the ground, but now it’s on it’s way, with Ray Winstone and Ben ‘Plan B’ Drew (who I must admit having a tiny bit of a crush on) taking on the roles made famous by John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. While the 70s show was known for being a gritty take on the cop drama, it seems the film will be adding a whole new level of grit, with Winstone’s Jack Regan a hardened, take no prisoners cop, working alongside Drew’s newbie officer. It’ll be in cinemas in September.