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Magnum Force
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by Chef ADogg

"Whole lotta vehicular chasin' goin' on."
2 stars

There's a reason Don Siegel didn't direct this. I'm not sure what it was, since he's not around to ask and he probably wouldn't take my calls anyway, but I'd guess it's because "Magnum Force" is nothing more than a slack rehash of "Dirty Harry," the first, better film in the series.

"Dirty Harry" was an amazing film, on two levels. First of all, you got BEV--Badass Entertainment Value. Harry Callahan, police officer, vigilante, and all around bad muthafucka, was such a charismatic character that you didn't even need to look past the film's silliness; you just accepted it as part of the package.

It also succeeded as a gritty crime picture, ringing with authenticity. Siegel was a great action director--he made his film airy, and let the characters manuever, but he had the plot reigned in and kept it moving.

Ted Post does no such thing. He can work up some suspense for individual scenes, but he can't run it all through the film and tie everything together. What we have here is a picture with lots of violence, lots of chase scenes, a few dollops of fun, and no momentum whatsoever.

John Milius and Michael Cimino scripted this thing with the first film large in their mind, obviously; Harry stops at a hamburger stand, begins to eat his lunch, and is interrupted when he catches wind of a crime in progress--stop me when this starts to sound familiar.

They gave Callahan too many superfluous action scenes, inserted, I suppose, as exercises in badassery. All they really succeed in is wasting time--after the first hour runs around and you're still in the shallow end of the plot, you know you're in trouble.

Back to Ted Post. . . I hope he gave up the whole directing gig relatively quickly; he really doesn't have the hand for it. He lacks storytelling oomph, and can't decide what he's going for in terms of mood; you wind up with a group of disconnected scenes and a stillborn plot. Pathetic.

Finally, most importantly--the evolution of Harry Callahan as a character. Decidedly non existent. "Magnum Force" does nothing to expand the boundaries laid down by "Dirty Harry," instead trapping our hero in another lame plot and running him through the same paces. Shoot out, chase scene, shoot out, gratutious nudity, chase scene. . .

Bonuses: A couple of cool lines from Harry, Clint Eastwood doing his thing, and another jazzy, fruitily enjoyable score by Lalo Schifrin.

If you had a choice between a tight virgin with springy breasts or her slutty, saggy-tittied sister, which one would you choose? Watch "Dirty Harry" again and forget this one ever happened.

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User Comments

3/02/17 sidney my favorite eastwood film 5 stars
8/26/13 DB My favorite of the Dirty Harry series 5 stars
8/26/10 MP Bartley Entertaining and button-pushing sequel is far from a disgrace to the original. 4 stars
12/02/07 davidbobo20 great movie! 5 stars
9/28/07 mr.mike well done sequel 4 stars
6/13/07 al smith fuck the critics a very good and underated film 5 stars
2/11/07 action movie fan harry is back taking on dirty cops--good follow up 4 stars
1/16/07 David Pollastrini great action 4 stars
8/28/05 Franco As good as the original. kick ass fun! 5 stars
8/09/05 Jack Sommersby The best of the series -- appropriately brutal and harrowing stuff. 4 stars
7/31/04 magaafi hard to say if which was betta: dis, or da first...thiis is sure good tho 5 stars
3/23/04 KGB Not a bad sequeal... 5 stars
2/17/04 john solid follow up to the original 4 stars
12/25/03 Sugarfoot Impressive sequel. 4 stars
9/30/03 Shane Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the best sequeals ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
7/04/03 Sam Moszynski Pretty good sequel, with a clever plot and good action 4 stars
3/20/03 Jack Sommersby My favorite of the series. 5 stars
10/24/02 Charles Tatum The series still does it 4 stars
1/23/02 Andrew Carden The Best Dirty Harry Flick. 5 stars
12/07/01 R.W. Welch Off the pace of the original but not bad for a sequel. 4 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Better than the original "Dirty Harry." 4 stars
2/23/01 matt perry lackluster, but still entertaining 4 stars
2/11/01 fubar1000 Got my motto from this movie--"A good man always knows his limitations " 4 stars
5/19/00 tank Dirty Harry vs fascist cops. Now these are fascist cops. 4 stars
10/20/99 JonnyAngel It's old. And dirty...And dirtyyyyyyyyy! 4 stars
7/04/99 J-Dogg Decent but slow and nowhere near as good as first. I love Magnums. 3 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Not as good as Dirty Harry but its still fucking excellent. 4 stars
4/24/99 lucas jackson personally I liked this movie,big guns,corrupt cops and hell dirty harry 4 stars
2/06/99 Don Wilson I haven't seen the movie, but it has Clint Eastwood in it. So it can't be that bad. 3 stars
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Directed by
  Ted Post

Written by
  John Milius

  Clint Eastwood
  Hal Holbrook
  Mitch Ryan
  David Soul
  Tim Matheson
  Kip Niven

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