New York City police detective John Shaft (nephew of the original 1970s detective) goes on a personal mission to make sure the son of a real estate tycoon is brought to justice after a racially-motivated murder.
Samuel L. Jackson,
Based off of a one time T.V. show, two Los Angeles S.W.A.T. officers Jim Street and Brian Gamble were sent in to foil an extremely violent bank robbery. Although they thwarted the robbery, they shot a hostage in the process. Street was suspended from S.W.A.T. while Gamble was fired altogether. After 6 months, a veteran S.W.A.T. officer, Daniel Harrelson or "Hondo", is told to assemble a S.W.A.T. team for his division. He chooses other S.W.A.T. officers as well as 3 rookies. However, after they pass the S.W.A.T. training, they receive a message that a French crime boss, known as Alex Montell is trying to escape from prison. This will not be easy to prevent, especially after Montell promises $100 Million to his rescuers. Written by
This movie is no doubt influenced by the 'Die Hard' series. In this case,
1990's 'Die Hard 2' where the plot involved a drug dealer. A drug dealer in
this case offers 100 million dollars to anyone who can bust him out after he
is captured. Naturally, everyone with a greedy agenda, including some
people that really make things sticky for the good guys, try to spring him.
This film has a nice gradual build to its eventual payoff and Colin Farrell
and Samuel L. Jackson are in good form. I only wish that their characters
had been a little better developed. It's nice to see a movie where a
character has a particular manner, saying or habit that makes their
personality instantly recognizable. This is one of the better films to be
based on 70's television. Certainly better than the 'Charlie's Angels'
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