Thursday, October 24, 2013

MAGNUM FORCE (1973)

As interesting as the original was I actually liked this one better than DIRTY HARRY.  Harry's personality is already established with the audience so now it's just pure action and excitement with him versus a group of vigilante cops that are rolling around assassinating people they find undesirable.  Of course Harry doesn't know that it's fellow pigs at the beginning so he's out looking for another psychopath like Scorpio.  Eventually the clues start pointing Harry close to home and of course a final showdown.  Also just like last time Harry has some minor adventures around town.

More great views of San Francisco, excellent supporting cast (Hal Holbrook, David Soul, Mitch Ryan, Albert Popwell, Robert Urich, Tim Matheson), nudity, more shooting where people don't hit anything, badass pimp car, quite possibly the first cinematic use of the term "titty bank", car chases, bombs exploding, Drano eating, Harry gettin' bizz-aye with his hot neighbor, drugs, motorcycles.  Fun film all the way around.  Recommended.

Part 1 - Dirty Harry
Part 3 - The Enforcer
Part 4 - Sudden Impact
Part 5 - The Dead Pool