S.W.A.T. is an efficiently plotted action-thriller about a Los Angeles special police squad foiling the escape attempt of an international terrorist (Olivier Martinez).Loosely based on an old TV show, it has a big-screen movie feel thanks to snappy direction from Clark Johnson and the active, vibrantly coloured cinematography of Gabriel Beristain. For a movie of this ilk, S.W.A.T. is competently acted by a charismatic cast, led by Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez.
There isn’t exactly anything subtle about S.W.A.T., but the ethnic composition of the cast and inclusion of a strong female character means it doesn’t talk down to the audience. There isn’t anything original about S.W.A.T. either, which steals heavily from movies like Aliens and has a script held together by clichés.Nevertheless, it’s hard not to root for Jackson’s team. Johnson can’t keep the silliness from exploding at the climax, but S.W.A.T. is fast-paced and funny and frequently exciting.