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Do you recognize the last name on the list below? Well, do you punk?
on May 10, 2014
The above list of names is a DEAD POOL--a macabre betting pool where the bet is who will die. And the last name on this list is SFPD Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood).
This list is the motivation behind this final film in the "Dirty Harry" franchise. Harry has to find the serial killer who made up this list, not only to save others on it, but to save--himself!!
Harry's new partner (his old partners have a habit of getting killed) is a karate wiz. I personally enjoyed the performance of the actor who portrayed Harry's partner (Evan Kim).
And yes, there is a famous car-chase scene in this movie. But instead of being between two cars, it's between a remote-controlled bomb (disguised as a remote-controlled toy car) and a conventional car driven by our hero.
I thought this chase scene was ingenious. This scene has many similarities with the famous chase in the Steve McQueen film "Bullitt" (1968) which also took place in San Francisco.
For some reason, this movie is underappreciated. The acting is good with top-notch performances from not only Clint Eastwood but from Liam Neeson, Patricia Clarkson, and Jim Carrey (his first non-comedy film).
Perhaps it's because of Eastwood's age (he was 58) that this movie is not appreciated. However, he appeared to me to be quite fit. Then, perhaps, people were just getting tired of this character. There are probably many opinions as to why this film is so underappreciated. (As Dirty Harry says in this movie, "Opinions are like a-holes. Everybody has one").
There are five movies in the "Dirty Harry" movie series. In my opinion, the best one was "Dirty Harry" (1971) and the most mediocre was "The Enforcer" (1976). Between these two extremes lies this film, "Magnum Force" (1973), and "Sudden Impact" (1983).
Finally, the DVD itself (released in 2001 and part of the Clint Eastwood collection) has five extras.
In conclusion, this is a worthy addition to the "Dirty Harry" movie series!!
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
(1988; 1 hr, 28 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 31 scenes; rated `R')