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Film: The Sweeney
The Sweeney is a 2012 film based on the 1970s Cop Show of the same name. It stars Ray Winstone as Cowboy Cop Detective Inspector Jack Regan, with Ben Drew as Detective Constable George Carter and Hayley Atwell as Detective Constable Nancy Lewis.

This film provides examples of:

  • Bottomless Magazines: Averted in a few scenes, where characters are shown reloading or running out of ammo right when it matters most, but played straight with the bad guys' assault rifles, which never seem to run out despite firing dozens of rounds each.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Played utterly straight. Numerous completely non bullet-proof objects are shown to stop bullets, including the action movie standard of a car door, but also leather armchairs and various sections of a yacht that wouldn't stop an air rifle, never mind a military assault rifle.
  • I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: After being stabbed in the thigh with a flick-knife, Regan pulls the knife out and carries on chasing the bad guy. His only acknowledgement of this fairly serious and potentially debilitating injury is to wince in pain after jumping from a yacht onto the pier, and after that it's completely forgotten about.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In the extended on-foot chase scene after the bank robbery, hundreds of rounds are fired but only two people get hit - one while standing still and at point-blank range, and the other's lying down and barely conscious. Justified in that, other than those two shots, almost every shot is fired either as covering fire, a snap/blind shot from behind cover, or while running; the aiming involved is necessarily minimal.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: As the above suggests, this is nicely averted. The only successful shots all occur at an entirely believable range, on a target that is either stationary or at least slow-moving, and the shooter has the time and opportunity to aim their shot properly. There is one slight exception, but it's justified by being the one shot in an entire clip that actually hits a target, and even then it only inflicts a flesh wound, so is down more to luck and probability than any improbable skills.
  • Karma Houdini: YMMV on how much he deserves it, but by the end of the film Regan has got away with nothing worse than a bit of personal embarrassment and a brief beating (that he seems to be almost fully recovered from by the next day), despite having destroyed someone's marriage by having an affair with their wife, assaulted a colleague for no justifiable reason, caused the death of one of his subordinates (who's also the love of his life) as well as several civilian bystanders through his recklessness and disregard for orders, assaulted two apparently innocent men and later mutilated one of them, stolen police evidence, and generally broken every single police guideline and procedure in order to get the job done.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: When storming the mini-cab office, George deliberately shoots several mooks in the leg, presumably with the intention of inflicting a non-lethal wound that will still stop them. Possibly justified in that while he's not actively trying to kill them, he's probably not that bothered about them dying from the wounds.
  • Short-Range Long-Range Weapon: Averted pretty well - shoot-outs are generally at a reasonable range with combatants dozens of yards from each other, and all ducking behind cover at every opportunity.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: DC George Carter gets a pretty good one in against DCI Jack Regan, his superior. Midway through an attempted coercion, he slaps Jack across the face and points out that he (George) has got where he has through his own hard work, and that it's not just Jack who's hurting from the loss of his colleague, DC Nancy Lewis. Jack is, for perhaps the first and only time in the movie, left suitably humbled and speechless.
  • Determinator: Both of the main heroes take their fair share of physical trauma and keep on truckin', but Regan takes the prize for being in two car crashes, getting the snot kicked out of him by half a dozen very angry men, getting stabbed in the leg, and shrugging it all off like it's no big thing
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • Regan is shown having four or five convicts going to town on him and very definitely putting the boot in. The next day, he's walking around with nothing worse than a couple of small bruises. Partially justified in that the wardens pull the convicts off of him after a minute or two, and also in that Regan is an experienced dirty fighter and no doubt knows how to roll with a blow.
    • The later stabbed leg is less justified, considering he's immediately up and running, and then in a 10 minute car chase as the driver, all apparently with no ill effect or debilitating level of blood loss.

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