The Sweeney is an excellent British crime flick. Ray Winstone leads a Shield-like strike team (Shield as in the Michael Chiklis police drama, not the awful Marvel Comics travesty) that beats thugs with baseball bats first and asks questions later. Smoking hot Haley Atwell (Pillars of the Earth, Captain America) is a fellow team member with whom Winstone’s character is having an affair. Her husband is a cop with the British version of Internal Affairs, who starts to investigate the team. Put this together with the main plot of some nasty bank robbers who aren't afraid to use mass murder and property damage to gain their filthy lucre, and the drama boils over into a great little action movie. Gritty and violent, The Sweeney is a treat for crime movie buffs. Not to mention Winstone, one of the most watchable and intense actors in the business.
Rating: **** Stars out of 5