I first saw this film upon it’s initial cinema release in 2003 (I mainly wanted to see it for Colin Farrell), and back then I wasn’t a huge fan of the film. I had not seen it since then, and now seven years later I have to admit I like it a lot more now then I did back then. It is a simple story, Sgt. Dan ‘Hondo’ Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) puts together a group for a new S.W.A.T. team. As this is going on a big crime boss (Olivier Martinez) has come to Los Angeles and gets arrested, he offers a huge reward for anyone who helps him escape. It comes down to this S.W.A.T. team to deal with the crime boss and the mess that ensues.
The best part about this film are the main members of the team, Jim Street (Colin Farrell), Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez), Deacon  Kay (LL Cool J), Michael Boxer (Brian Von Holt) and T.J. McCabe (Josh Charles) as well as Hondo. They all fit together nicely, with Jim as the team leader. Jim is more of the out cast, as we see at the start of the film he gets kicked out of S.W.A.T. due to the actions of his partner at the time Gamble (Jeremy Renner). This all does come back later in the film, which you will see coming, but it does make perfect sense. The down side though, we don’t really get to see much of the characters, but this isn’t a film based on character development. We learn who has a family, but that is about as far as it goes, I wanted to know a bit more about them.
The main bad guy Alex (Martinez), feels very much a typical badie, only he seems too good looking for the part. Martinez is not a bad actor, but he really hams it up at times and it just does not entirely work. The way he gets arrested is actually pretty funny, and it seems almost like a joke that a big criminal would get caught in the dumbest way. Action wise the film delivers the goods, it is over the top but it also doesn’t go too far with that. Action films usually have over the top action, but this felt just right for the type of film. I especially enjoyed the training scenes and the plane scene at the end. I thought they were pretty well done, and the actors did a good job with it as well. Colin Farrell suits this type of thing, and it helps he looked fantastic in the film. Since discovering Jeremy Renner, I found that he was also perfectly fit to his character and he played off Farrell quite well. So did Michelle Rodriguez, I enjoyed the scenes she shared with Farrell.
Over all S.W.A.T. is a fun film, a nice cast, good action, definitely one of the better genre films to come out of the early 00’s. It is strange that I enjoyed it more now, I am not sure why I didn’t like it too much upon release. Certainly worth a look if you are fans of any of the actors, especially Farrell. This film is probably going to become one of my guilty pleasure re-watches, I can feel it.

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