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December 19, 2015
Written by John Milius and Michael Cimino, and well directed by Ted Post, but yet it's an unneeded sequel to a landmark film. Less believable, and still too much reminescent of the original, despite the peculiar premise.
December 19, 2015
Good plot, not a repeat of the original so it's got its own thing which also is fresh.
November 27, 2015
Far too predictable, wayward, long and not as good as the first movie, but still thrilling and worth watching, I mean...Clint Eastwood's in it, what more do you want?
October 14, 2015
Second only to The Enforcer in quality, Magnum Force is a sequel in a long series of sequels that is better than the original. Maybe some of the cinematography and lines were better in the original, but the Magnum Force story is far more captivating than the preceding episode.
In Magnum Force, Harry becomes caught up in solving a series of murders committed by a group of cops who, like him, mete out their own personal justice. It's a lot like The Star Chamber, except Eastwood is the star not Michael Douglas, so you can guess what that means. Just in case you can't, it means a glorious victory for Harry not just because he must go on to star in more Dirty Harry movies, but because while the crooked cops are armed with daunting .357 magnums, hence the title, Harry uses the "most powerful hand gun in the world, the Smith & Wesson .44 magnum." I have since learned that the Smith & Wesson .44 magnum was not the most powerful hand gun in the world at the time this movie took place, but it doesn't stop Harry from bragging otherwise. I'm not a gun nut at all but Harry's factoid about his firearm is repeated so many times that it makes one wonder if he might be a spokesman for Smith&Wesson. If you watch all of the Dirty Harry movies,you might just as well cancel your subscription to Guns&Ammo because by that time you'll have learned all you need to know. Literally.
July 28, 2015
While not as exhilarating and thrilling as the original "Dirty Harry", Magnum Force serves as an enthralling and great sequel with memorable dialogue
½ July 27, 2015
Entertaining, despite the plot holes.

The second Dirty Harry movie. This time, vigilante cops are killing off criminals. Meanwhile, our hero, Harry Calahan (played by Clint Eastwood, of course), has a hard case Lieutenant for a boss, and is out of Homicide.

Entertaining, especially as a pure action movie. The plot has a few holes but the movie brushes off these minor inconveniences with ease, hardly stopping to take a breath.

More balanced than the first Dirty Harry movie. There Harry was the vigilante, to a degree. Now he's fighting vigilantes.

Usual solid performance from Clint Eastwood as the cool, tough-as-nails Harry Calahan. Supporting cast includes David Soul, Tim Matheson and Robert Urich in early-career roles. Was, in fact, Urich's first movie.
July 15, 2015
Unless you're Oliver Queen or the brooding anti-hero star of a comic book serial, don't expect the idea of Taking the Law Into Your Own Hands to work out after months of trying. Cops can get awfully irritable, and messing with the heat isn't a game worth playing - especially when you've got Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) hot on your trail. He's got a .44 Magnum Revolver, and he isn't afraid to play a tricky game of Russian Roulette with you if you don't quit it.
The villain of this "Dirty Harry" sequel is not a deranged sniper but a vigilante posing as a traffic cop. He doesn't figure himself to be crazy; he finds his actions to be methodical. His favorite hobby involves hunting down the thugs who escape jail time and offing them - since the law can't manage to lock them up (the first few minutes of the film witness outrage following the release of a murderer, based on a technicality), why not do the dirty work and rid the city of the vermin that corrupts it?
The foe figures he's doing San Francisco a favor, but Harry can see through the bullshit - the guy's a madman looking for an excuse to justify his madness; who knows how long it'll be before he starts shooting jaywalkers? So he and his partner (Felton Perry) try to strip away all the false leads and find out what the real deal is, as their Lieutenant (Hal Holbrook) remains skeptical of Harry's unconventional ways.
Some find the "Dirty Harry" movies to be too questionable in their ethics to really enjoy, but I find their thunderous grittiness to be gigantically entertaining. Clint Eastwood is the ultimate anti-hero, his perpetual machismo convincingly charged. He's a man bred to seek justice, too old and worn to consider the confines of the rules. Harry is ruthless, stoic, street smart - Eastwood is so mesmerizing in the role because he doesn't have to emote. His lined face and subtle emotional scars speak louder than the limited stretches of dialogue he has to deliver.
"Magnum Force" is a such an excellent sequel because it builds on what made "Dirty Harry" made so great; we hardly need character development here, considering all we need to know is that Harry Callahan is a cop you don't want to mess with. The thrills are leaner and meaner, the screenplay without filler, the characterizations fiendishly simple - even the villain menaces more than the previous scoundrel, as his identity is kept secret until the unpredictable truth is let out.
Things might not be as rugged as they were before - Ted Post, replacing Don Siegel, prefers an adventuresome tone in comparison to the first's sinister bloodlust - but "Magnum Force" is an appealing sequel that delivers the turbo-charged thrills one wants, one expects. But its quality - that's what makes it strong enough to work on its own.
July 15, 2015
Dirty Harry gets better. A classic Eastwood movie. Always fun to watch. Have to say is quite timeless or maybe I'm biased. But a must watch for fans !
June 4, 2015
one of the best cop movies ever
April 13, 2015
Excellent follow-up to Dirty Harry has a strong cast and an interesting story that measures up thematically to the original. Holbrook is memorable as Harry's bureaucratic and eventual criminal nemesis. Ted Post's direction is pretty solid with good use of the San Fransisco locations. The story by Milius and Cimmino adds some layers to the Harry character that keeps him compelling. Its a shame the next sequel lacks so much of what this one has.
March 28, 2015
Not as good as Dirty Harry, but definitely the second strongest movie in the series. It continues with the same great look and feel of its predecessor.
March 13, 2015
The best 'Dirty Harry' movie!
February 14, 2015
"Man's got to know his limitations."
February 14, 2015
"Man's got to know his limitations."
½ February 3, 2015
Un film che non ha molti acuti, ma che nella sua semplicità riesce ad intrattenere e a non essere mai banale anche se nel finale alla fine risulta un po' troppo semplice. Clint Eastwood passa dal western ad un altro genere che ci somiglia molto come trama ma con un'ambientazione più moderna.
January 1, 2015
A little slower than the original but still a good Clint Eastwood Action movie.
December 16, 2014
Unfortunately the 'Powers that be' in the UK have stopped showing these Clint Eastwood Classics on the TV. And they are now difficult to find. I remember seeing this one in the Cinema and thought it was superb.
December 4, 2014
This is that rare territory where the sequel not only carries over the best parts of the original, but capitalizes on them in spectacular fashion. Clint Eastwood is at his iconic best here, as is the rest of the cast. I love this movie, the nasty little bits and all.
August 27, 2014
A solid follow-up and just as entertaining.
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