- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Director Clark Johnson, who worked on such admired television series as
Holly McClure (Crosswalk) sums it up as "a great popcorn movie to enjoy on a hot summer day."
J. Robert Parks (Phantom Tollbooth) finds something to admire in the film: "Johnson … thankfully foregoes most of the genre's clichés. What I liked best was that … the film takes the time to establish the sense of teamwork that goes into a real S.W.A.T. unit—how you have to trust the people around you, how each person brings his or her talents to bear." He concludes, however, that the film's finale is "disappointing. We get mayhem instead of planning, executing criminals instead of executing a game plan. It feels like a betrayal of everything that's come before."
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) describes it as "a popcorn movie that, while enjoyable, will most likely fade from memory soon after the lights come up."
Ben Cornish (Christian Spotlight) observes "extreme violence far beyond its PG-13 rating." But he adds, "
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) disagrees. "The only person who should be brought up on charges is Clark Johnson, for impersonating a film director in what amounts to essentially a mindless B-movie guns-'n'-ammo fest with an A-movie price tag."
Also displeased, Bob Smithouser (Focus on the Family) says, "For families,