Showing my age here... I used to watch SWAT when I was a kid and I loved it. I also watched The A-Team, and while I watched it every week and was a big Stephen J. Cannell fan, I didn't love the show as much as his others (Hardcastle & McCormick and Riptide).
I have to admit, I was ambivalent about seeing this film. I'm not crazy about all the remakes of TV shows out there. I think Hollywood needs to come up with some original ideas and stop reviving old films and TV shows (or copying from each other).
When a friend told me she liked it, I decided to give it a chance. Unfortunately, I don't share her enthusiasm. It just didn't gel for me. What made the show work was the banter and the charm. This film was all cockiness with a couple of inside jokes here and there. There was no cohesion for me. It was just a big mess.
Conversely, I liked SWAT. I loved the old show, so I was expecting this one to disappoint. It didn't. The characters were strong, the plot credible and the flow was really nice. I only watched the film to catch the cameo by Steve Forrest (which was great, bye the way. Just as the camera is panning up the front of the truck, I asked myself, "Who's driving?" and there he was behind the wheel. Perfect!)