(2003)

By EW Staff
Updated June 30, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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S.W.A.T. (Movie)

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”S.W.A.T.” is one of the worst movies based on TV shows

ORIGINAL TV FORMULA A macho quintet of L.A.P.D. officers (all former Vietnam vets) — armed with big guns and a tricked-out van — tackled situations too rough-and-tumble for the average beat cop in this 1975-76 drama.

BIG-SCREEN MAKEOVER Nearly 30 years later, an updated team led by Samuel L. Jackson (right) and Colin Farrell (left) distinguishes itself with even bigger guns, plus a female cohort (Michelle Rodriguez) — even though the actual Los Angeles S.W.A.T. team had never included a woman. Their mission: Transporting a floppy-tressed crime lord (Olivier Martinez) who has offered $100 million to anyone who can free him from government custody.

LOW POINT Interminable climax built around a hijacked plane landing on a bridge.

LESSON LEARNED No amount of gunfire or explosions can drown out the sound of a cliché-riddled script.

WHAT EW SAID The film ”rides on the feeblest of insipid plots, is intermittently sexually and racially insensitive, fetishizes things like guns and pool cues, [and] is based on a long-forgotten TV show.” C+

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S.W.A.T. (Movie)

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  • PG-13
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