Friday, July 3, 2009

The Enforcer

The Enforcer; Crime, USA, 1976; D: James Fargo, S: Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino

Inspector Harry Callahan is still quite efficient in action. When criminals storm into a store, take hostages and demand a police car to get away, he "indulges" them: he crashes with the car into the store and kills them. Due to that incident, his superior, Captain McKay, deploys him as an ordinary police officer. But he quickly calls him back and gets him a new partner - a woman, Kate. The two of them try to discover terrorists who threaten to blow up the city if they are not paid 1 million $ ransom. The terrorists kidnap the major and put him into Alcatraz. They kill Kate, but Harry kills them.

"The Enforcer", aka "Dirty Harry III", is another hastily conceived and shot sequel that only has commercial ambitions. Still, in fragments it still has that subconscious intruigity of the original in the sequences in which the hero cynically punishes the bad guys with their own radical methods. The biggest negligence is the uninteresting execution of the interesting idea of Harry's first female partner, and she dies towards the end anyway, as all of his previous partners in all of his previous films. The most amusing sequence: Harry is searching after terrorist girl Donna who is a prostitute, so he goes to a brothel. There he "orders" her for 75 $, but gets some other woman.


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