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S.W.A.T. - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

THE Colin Farrell success story shows no sign of letting up this year.

Having already starred in the likes of The Recruit, Daredevil, and Phone Booth, with stars such as Al Pacino and Ben Affleck, the jovial Irish actor is now set to appear alongside Samuel L Jackson in action thriller S.W.A.T.

The high-concept thriller finds Farrell as upstart rookie, Jim Street, a new recruit who finds himself constantly at odds with his older, wiser, partner - Jackson's Hondo.

However, as with all good buddy movies, the pair are finally forced to rely on each other (and bond), when the S.W.A.T. team is assigned to transport a drug lord across Los Angeles.

To make matters more difficult (or raise the action stakes considerably), said kingpin has offered to pay $100 million to anyone who will intercept him and the S.W.A.T crew in a bid to set him free.

LA subsequently becomes a war zone as every potential nutcase with a firearm takes a pot shot at the S.W.A.T team, killing members along the way to the inevitable make or break showdown.

The movie co-stars the likes of Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J and Oliver Martinez and is directed by Clark Johnson, who has been behind the camera of just about every successful US TV series of the past few years, including The Shield, NYPD Blue, Homicide: Life on the Streets and Third Watch. So he should know a thing or two about the life of a law enforcer.

He even appeared in Dennis Hopper's gang thriller, Colors, alongside Sean Penn and Robert Duvall.

Ironically, the film is based upon a long-forgotten TV programme of the same name, although the distributors, Columbia, will be hoping the movie remains in the memory long enough to post good Box Office figures and, possibly, spawn a franchise.

No advance word, as yet, although an interesting article about the making of the film can be found in the New York Post, which reported that cast and crew members received several death threats during filming.

Many scenes were shot at night in the renowned Compton area of Los Angeles, and a source on the set told The Post: "A crew member had a guy pull up to him and say, 'Watch your back or we'll slit your throat.'"

Movie website, Film Force, also contains a review of the script, by Training Day scribe, David Ayer, which is described as 'a tautly paced popcorn flick that owes more to classic westerns and war movies than it does to contemporary cop flicks'.

The film is due to open in the US on August 8 and in the UK on December 5. IndieLondon, of course, will bring you the US verdict, prior to our own review - but we're already looking forward to a little more Farrell mayhem.

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