Clark Johnson's big-screen adaptation of the 1970s television series S.W.A.T. stars Colin Farrell as Jim Street, a young special weapons and tactics team member who, in the film's opening sequence, is demoted after his hothead partner Jeremy Renner shoots a hostage while trying to kill her captor. In need of good press, the higher-ups call in SWAT expert Hondo Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) to put together an elite team that can bring some luster back to the badge. He chooses Street, veteran T.J. (Josh Charles), and tough single mother Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez). The new team survives a series of tests before hitting the streets. Their first big assignment involves transporting an international criminal (Olivier Martinez) to federal authorities. The criminal had offered a hundred million dollars to anyone who can bust him out. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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I never saw the TV show, so I cannot compare this movie to its small screen progenitor. However, in its own right, this was not the best cop film ever made. The story was largely predictable - how many movies can there be about fallen cops redeeming themselves? Farrell does not really convince as an action hero, and Samuel Jackson is wasted as the obligatory black sergeant with an attitude. OK if you don't want to think too much, and want to see stuff blow up, otherwise largely empty.