S.W.A.T: Firefight is a below average, incoherent flicker of entertainment that infuses some stereotypical, overused character archetypes with some pathetic, random action sequences to produce a lackluster crime thriller. The latest incarnation is a mundane experience that utilizes a number of clichés and stereotypes that are merged with a dreary story of an elite police squad. The film stars Gabriel Macht (Love & Other Drugs), Kristinna Loken (In The Name of the King), Carly Pope (Stuntmen), Giancarlo Esposito (Rabbit Hole), Robert Patrick (The Men Who Stare at Goats), and Shannon Kane (Madea’s Big Happy Family).
Every city has a S.W.A.T team and Baltimore is no different. Our police force is likely to use some of the same methods that are featured in this film.
S.W.A.T: Firefight is a lackluster, sad attempt to use an existing brand name to seduce movie lovers into to enduring this catastrophe of an action movie. The newest iteration is a direct-to-DVD follow-up to the S.W.A.T. film that debuted in (2003). Both films are based on the classic television show from the 1970’s.
“Firefight” is the story of a LA SWAT expert venturing to Detroit, the motor city, to bring their team up to speed. The team’s training tries to blend the tactics of the Iraq war military with the police force. This film quickly turns bad as this disaster lacks the flow for a big budget film. The film lacks the big screen appeal as it comes across like a made for TV movie of the week film. It also has no clear, discernable plot within the first 25 min. and the audience is forced to sit through an incoherent set of scenes that try to entertain the audience with a few, lame action/training sequences.
At the core of this bumbling is a run of the mill cat and mouse game between Cutler (Macht) and Hayes (Patrick). The film revolves around some putrid back and forth confrontations between the two leading up to a big showdown at the climax of the film. The film has little to no originality nor, does it even have good enough action to offset the dismal story that it is.
Gabriel Macht portrays Cutler, the cocky and over-confident trainer who is sent to train the Detroit SWAT team. The role is the often used, stereotypical cop who is obsessed with his job and has little to no room for an outside life. Macht’s portrayal is very bland, nearly emotionless. Robert Patrick isn’t much better, the dialogue for both feel like an old 60’s film where the actors were overcompensating with their words. None of the other cast members are even worth mentioning.
S.W.A.T: Firefight is a substandard abuse of the name and reputation of S.W.A.T. The film abuses and decimates the good name with the release of this movie. It has no clear purpose or plot until a third of the film is gone. The action is lame and it even has a random music video feel after each successful incident. It tries to muster some redeeming qualities with a good finale, but it’s not nearly entertaining enough to warrant the viewing of this lackluster film. This is a film that goes from bad to worse in a blink. Don’t eat popcorn if you choose to watch this as you may choke on it.
S.W.A.T: Firefight is available on DVD and Blu-ray.