Writers David Ayer (Training Day
) and David McKenna (American History X
) and director Clark Johnson (The Shield
) take the theme song and character names of the 1970s TV show S.W.A.T.
and patch together a series of overly familiar, testosterone-laden crime-story episodes involving Los Angeles’ Special Weapons and Tactics team. This sort of Frankenstein’s monster of borrowed body parts (the maverick cop more committed to his job than to his girlfriend, the cop partner more committed to his ego than to his partner, and the umpteenth nod to The Dirty Dozen’s
recruitment sequence) is more grounded in flashy gunplay than realism or suspense. The cast (including Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson and Michelle Rodriguez) is game, but the action becomes very lame when a Euro-trash mobster (Unfaithful
’s Olivier Martinez) offers $100 million to anyone who will free him from custody.