The Sweeney arrives with a trailer
I have to say I'm a little disappointed in the first trailer for the film version of The Sweeney, the idea of having a modern day adaptation of the seventies tough and gritty television series, one which was rather groundbreaking in the way it reinvented the television portrayal of the policeman and of violence on television, however I'm not sure what this film will bring.
You see the trailer isn't very complimentary, and the bits we do see feel less than new, even if the cast does look very good.
Nick Love has assembled Ray WInstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Steven Mackintosh and introduces the singer Ben Drew to the big screen for the film, and that already looks like a great line-up of talent on screen. However the trailer just doesn't pack the power you would expect to see from these names.
The film is going to see the modern day Flying Squad using the similar on the edge of legal tactics that the original Sweeney characters featured to try and break organised crime gangs involved in armed crime. Their methods are against the modern system although their results keep them in the job, and the hardened lead of the team takes them after a particularly tough criminal.
The film isn't due out until September, and this is the first trailer so perhaps it's just a bad edit with the footage that they have and that's something we see from films time and time again. Maybe the next trailer will hit the spot, after all there's everything they need there to make it work.