This week our very own Morgan Rojas sat down with Gabriel Macht and Benny Boom to talk about S.W.A.T.: Firefight their latest movie available in DVD March 1st. In addition to interview (video posting soon) Morgan shares her insight on the film as a guest reviewer for our “Play It Again, Sm” column.
Los Angeles S.W.A.T. Sgt. Paul Cutler is sent to Detroit, Michigan to certify the local S.W.A.T. team in anti-terrorism and defensive techniques. What starts out as routine drills quickly turn into anything but. After a hostage situation ends in a suicide, Sgt. Cutler and the rest of the team realize they are dealing with a high powered American terrorist, and their final test is to make it out alive.
The Players: Director: Benny Boom Writers: Reed Steiner Cast: Gabriel Macht, Carly Pope and Robert Patrick
Storyline:Paul Cutler (Gabriel Macht), is a veteran S.W.A.T. officer with the LAPD and he has been given the task of flying to Detroit for two weeks to train and certify their local S.W.A.T. team. Sgt. Cutler prides himself on having a perfect hostage rescue record; that is until he meets his match in Walter Hatch (Robert Patrick), an ex-government agent found in a lovers quarrel with a woman he is stalking. Distressed, she shoots herself and Walter vows revenge on Culter and the team. Cutler begins to fall for the police psychologist Kim Byers (Carly Pope) but the timing could not be worse. Walter is out for blood and not only is Cutler’s relationship with Kim at risk, so are their lives.
What You’ll Love:Action Packed: Thanks to Director Benny Boom’s music video past, S.W.A.T. keeps up a fast paced rhythm with an excellent soundtrack to match. There is no lagging, in fact it gives justice to the intensity of any crime situation. Quick cuts and blind corners are just the kind of effects that make an action/crime thriller truly great.
Gabriel Macht: This is a name to remember- after playing supporting roles in rom coms, Macht really gets into the character of Sgt. Cutler . His acting was believeable as both a seasoned agent as well as handsome leading man.
What You’ll Hate:
Unsatisfying ending: After watching an intense crime action movie, you would expect the ending to resolve all of the loose ends we have been anticipating over the last 90 minutes. The blunt ending left me feeling robbed, I may have blurted out a “what?” as the credits started to role. The movie may have wrapped up some of the storylines, but a couple more minutes of resolution would have helped this movie exponentially.
Sharp Shooting: On the Set