The generic East Londoner
Winstone’s generic East Londoner used to guarantee quality of the dirty-mouthed/goodhearted type: ideal for the role of Jack Regan, senior member of the Metropolitan Police’s hardnosed Flying Squad. Known as The Sweeney, they’re not averse to violence and corruption if it gets the job done. This film version of a legendary 1970s TV series is a sad knock-off, in which ceaseless car chases and interminable violence absolutely fail to compensate for a crummy plot and a po-faced Winstone.
The Sweeney (The Crime) | Directed by Nick Love (UK 2012) with Ray Winstone, Damian Lewis, Hayley Atwell, Allen Leach. Starts February 28