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The Sweeney

3

Modern-day take on the '70s TV show

The brutish machismo of this Flying Squad remake goes far beyond the stale-lager swagger of the original ’70s series.

Ray Winstone’s modern-day crew are eager, growling footsoldiers in a violent street war against London crime, ditching the sophistication of 21st-Century policing in favour of baseball bats and bared-tooth aggression.

Nick Love directs with assurance and no apologies (though whether that’s an excuse for not one but two Winstone sex scenes is another matter).

Ben Drew is a forceful if not overly subtle presence in support and, like him, the new Sweeney has a lot more fury than finesse.

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