Movie Review: S.W.A.T. - Firefight

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Synopsis: Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officer, Lt. Paul Cutler, is sent to train the Detroit S.W.A.T. team on new anti-terrorism and homeland security techniques. Cutler has a hard time settling into his assignment as he locks horns with his new captain and encounters resistance from the team he must lead. Cutler begins to adjust to his new assignment, starting a budding romance with police psychologist Kim Byers along the way. Unexpectedly, a routine hostage call turns deadly, and a relentless ex-government agent named Walter Hatch vows revenge on Cutler and the entire S.W.A.T. team for killing the woman he loves. Cutler must use his considerable S.W.A.T. training and knowledge to save his teammates and defeat a trained killer.
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Kristanna Loken, Carly Pope, Robert Patrick, Giancarlo Esposito
Directed by: Benny Boom
U.S. Rating: R

So... What did happen here? S.W.A.T.: Firefight has been the movie trailer most watched in 35mmReviews, but I never wrote a review for the film! I never thought everyone would be so interested on this second film that never made it to the big screen, since it was released straight to DVD in early 2011.

Anyway, if you're a big fan of the original S.W.A.T. film with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Ferrell, and you were expecting it to be kind of a sequel, you're simply wrong. This film has nothing to do with the original one from 2003. I really enjoyed S.W.A.T. with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Ferrell (even though, I think he's a lousy actor). It was a pretty good action-packed film with a really entertaining plot and an amazing cast. In the case of the new S.W.A.T.: Firefight, I must say I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was, actually. After knowing it would be released straight to DVD, I thought it wouldn't be a film worth to watch, but after seeing the stats going up, and up, and up every week for the trailer posted on this blog, I was intrigued about the film. I took the step forward and had the chance to watch the film and I must say I was pleased and entertained with the film. I think the script had a huge potencial to be a pretty amazing action film, but the director/producer didn't take the opportunity to exploit the plot. The film catches your attention from the very first scene, even though, it gets a little bit boring after the first half, and that's when I think they didn't exploit the best of the plot. Having a dangerous criminal looking for personal revenge and he's able to steal the personal tactics and training operations book from one of the S.W.A.T. team members, I would have expected that this criminal could use that knowledge against the team and team leader, but they lack of good material at the end of the film, not taking advantage of this particular scene on the film. No matter the final turn on the film, as said before, S.W.A.T.: Firefight was surprisingly entertaining, with some good action scenes, a pretty strong acting performance, especially from the lead role, Gabriel Macht.

It is definitely a good film option for a good weekend at home.

I would rate this movie with a 3/5

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