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S.W.A.T. veteran Dan “Hondo” Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) is trying to get the L.A. unit in shape; the team is about to take on a very dangerous drug kingpin. This entertaining movie version of the unremarkable 1975-1976 TV series hardly gives a credible portrayal of a S.W.A.T. team, but that doesn’t matter. There’s enough explosions and gunfire to keep the movie afloat. Unfortunately, the story never strays from the formula and the members of the team lack charisma. Jackson and Colin Farrell are on autopilot here.
2003-U.S. 116 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Clark Johnson. Cast: Samuel L. Jackson (Dan “Hondo” Harrelson), Colin Farrell (Jim Street), Michelle Rodriguez (Chris Sanchez), LL Cool J, Josh Charles, Jeremy Renner… Octavia Spencer.
Trivia: Mark Wahlberg was allegedly considered for the part of Jim Street. Followed by a direct-to-DVD sequel, S.W.A.T.: Firefight (2011).