S.W.A.T.: Firefight


S.W.A.T.: Firefight

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A relentless government assassin (Robert Patrick) stalks the Detroit S.W.A.T. team in this explosive urban action thriller. Paul Cutler (Gabriel Macht) knows a thing or two about diffusing tense situations. An LAPD cop and anti-terrorism expert who accepts a job teaching hostage rescue tactics in Detroit, Cutler finds his reputation on the line after responding to a domestic dispute call black-ops hit man Walter Hatch (Patrick) and failing to save the hostage. Now, Walter is back, and he won't stop until the entire S.W.A.T. team is dead. Giancarlo Esposito and Kristanna Loken co-star.


Critic Reviews for S.W.A.T.: Firefight

All Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (1)

  • When it's not touting B movie stars like Loken and Robert Patrick, it does a damn fine job as an action film and a crime thriller...

    Apr 5, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Hardly fresh or original, but S.W.A.T.: Firefight is an enjoyable, action-packed follow-up to the 2003 original and one of the better DTV titles out there.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Amusing in the moment, with a merry junk food cinema rhythm, the low-budget follow-up isn't nearly as brawny as the original feature, electing video game stylistics and movie-of-the-week plotting to dream up a new adventure.

    Feb 22, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for S.W.A.T.: Firefight

  • May 11, 2013
    Sequel to S.W.A.T. is actually an improvement over the train wreck that was the original. I went in expecting something that would be quite bad, but was surprised that it was a decent straight to DVD title that was what the original should have been. Far from perfect of course, it has a much better storyline than the first, and although it was cheesy dialogue here and there, there is enough good, well crafted action scenes to make this a decent low-budget action film that is not too bad. Of course they could have made it better, but considering it's a sequel to S.W.A.T. which in my mind was a train wreck of a film, this is to be expected. Robert Patrick is a much better villain than the one in the original. This is a worthwhile film that although far from perfect is a mindless action ride that delivers some effective moments. I thought it was a decent affair that was much more enjoyable than the original theatrical release. For a straight to DVD release, this is quite impressive and it is a decent film that manages to entertain for what it was. This isn't a great film, but it is mindless action film that manages to be something fun to watch. I really liked it, but it manages to have a few bits here and there that were underdeveloped, but at the same time has something quite interesting going on-screen. If there would have been a rewrite or two, then S.W.A.T. Firefight would have been something truly awesome to watch. This straight to DVD sequel is what the original should have been and it is one of those rare films that have been released on DVD that is better than the theatrical release. Worth seeing if you were disappointed by the original.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2013
    The film was ok, but could have been a lot better. The first S.W.A.T. film was awesome. I was expecting the original cast to return for the sequel. That didn't happen here. This one has none of the original cast members. It is a stand alone direct to video sequel. It wasn't bad as I thought it would be. The original film had characters that were well developed and a great team to root for. Here the big problem that I had, was that the characters on the S.W.A.T. team were not well developed. I also felt that the film was more focused on Gabriel Macht than the team. The original had a great rivalry between Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner. Here the rivalry is between Macht and Robert Patrick. This film reminded me of the movie Blown Away starring Jeff Bridges. Performance wise, Macht does a good job here. I thought he was much better here, than he was in The Spirit. Robert Patrick is great as the villain here. I find it interesting that the villain Terminator in Terminator 2 and the villain Terminator in Terminator 3 are both in this film. While the first film is way better, this one isn't bad to check out. If they do another film, I would like to see the original cast members return.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2011
    Stupid plot and dumb storyline, but for some reason, SWAT firefight is an enjoyable film. Just don't expect anything smart from it. It also falls short on establishing why the team sucks so much at the beginning. I mean, they mess up the main hostage negotiation that sets the plot off, but if that hadn't been such an unorthodox situation, everything would've been fine. They may be misfits at the beginning of the movie, but they're still pretty elite. The rest of the movie makes up for this shortcoming, but there was a point where, having read the plot, I was like, "okay...so what's the problem? They're kinda insubordinate, but they're still a pretty damn good SWAT team. Why does the SWAT commander have to fix them so badly?" From there, the plot's stupid and the camera angles are stupid, but I enjoyed this film for a reason I can't explain...I guess it was just entertaining. Check it out if you liked the first SWAT.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2011
    The original was so good. What happened here? Why do they even bother making more when they are only trying half-assed? This wasn't really terrible, just had a made-for-tv quality about it. Such a shame..
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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