S.W.A.T. (2003) Movie Review

ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – S – S.W.A.T. – Movie Review


Director: Clark Johnson

Writer: David Ayer, David McKenna (Screenplay)

Writer: Ron Mita, Jim McClain (Story)


Plot: An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody, and only the L.A.P.D.’s Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: S.W.A.T. starts as Jim (Farrell) and his partner Gamble (Renner) see their operation go wrong, seeing the pair facing punishment. Jim accepts his new position, while Gamble rejects it. 6-months-later Sgt Dan ‘Hondo’ Harrelson (Jackson) returns to the unit, giving him a chance to put together a new S.W.A.T team. Hondo selects Jim, Deke (Cool J), McCabe (Charles), Boxer (Holt) and Sanchez (Rodriguez). As the new team goes through their training. A drug kingpin Alex Montel (Martinez) puts up a cash reward for anyone who can get him out of police custody.

Verdict on S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T. is an action thriller that follows a freshly put together S.W.A.T. team. They face the odds when a kingpin puts a reward of helping him escape LA. The team puts their training in order to overcome an expert in the field.

This is a fun action thriller that feels like an introduction to a new series of characters we could re-visit in the future. (Sadly, we don’t). the action is simple enough, even if we don’t get enough S.W.A.T. material going on.

The cast is staked, which is great to see, with Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J. An early role from Jeremy Renner in a villainous role works well too.

Final ThoughtsS.W.A.T. is an entertaining action thriller in a world we could easily return too.

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