Magnum Force; Crime, USA, 1973; D: Ted Post, S: Clint Eastwood, Hal Halbrook, Felton Perry
Due to his openly cynical persona, Inspector Harry Callahan got the order not to interfere into specific cases without permission. He gets a new partner, African American Early, and then disguises himself into a pilot to enter a kidnapped plane and shoot the hijackers. But a wave of violence is rocking the city: an angry cop shoots people who are accused for crimes but were set free by the court. Harry suspects his colleague Charlie, but when he also gets killed he realizes that the perpetrators are Davis and the Police Chief. When a bomb kills Early, Harry shoots Davis and the Police Chief.
The second part of the famous "Dirty Harry" movie series, "Magnum Force" was written by John Milius and Michael Cimino, but obviously without much effort. Besides a sloppy cohesive structure of the story, the most bizarre thing is that Harry is in this film fighting precisely against those people who acted like him in the first film: namely, against cops who, on their own, kill criminals which were released by the court. "Obviously, someone intends to make the courts unemployed", says one police officer. Despite a few odd moves (disguising as a pilot in order to enter a hijacked plane; a deliberate crash of a motorcycle with a car), it seems as if the character of Harry Callahan changed into a "soft" guy and too clean good guy, without any grey areas in between. It's nothing bad that he sticks to the rules, but somehow it seems that they lost the honest nihilistic cynicism which adorned the shrill original.Grade:+