Preview by: Jack Foley
THE Colin Farrell success story shows no sign of letting up this
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
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.