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May 19, 2019
Iconic Clint Eastwood with his trusty big ass Magnum has not yet failed to entertain me. This is a good example of a sequel done right, for the most part. It mixes action with mystery and thrills. And it definitely deserves its name Magnum Force, because this film is full of fun bloody gun fights and shoot-outs. While some might be against the flick's apparent glamorization and gun violence, and some might find the story to be the same old tedious stuff, this is a pretty good sequel to the classic Dirty Harry. And a must-see for fans of the first one. Recommended!!
½ December 3, 2018
Everyone seems to think Dirty Harry is the de-factor film of this series but contrary to popular belief this is the best film. Detective Callahan is more human, thus easier to identify with, thus more able to give the viewer a tangible sense of efficacy which is the reason these movies are so popular. One watches Dirty Harry in order to feel like goals can be accomplished despite the, at times, overwhelming roadblocks that occur in life. These movies provide the profound satisfaction of the bad guy getting what he deserves and the good guy getting the glory. The more human the hero the more deeply these emotions are felt by the audience. This movie does this very effectively. This film broke a few rules in violence when it came out. The first scene in this film is pretty graphic, and gives the viewer an idea of what to expect. TBS has to edit this movie extremely. I like it, not the best acting or script, but the concept is great. Eastwood is great and is the only one to pull this story off.
½ February 22, 2018
"This is a 44. Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and it could blow your head clean off. Do you feel lucky?"

Clint Eastwood is back as Dirty Harry in Magnum Force and this time he's here to catch another mysterious killer who is an vigilante cop who kills people. That's kind of the same thing to the first film. However I have nothing about it because it's the same thing like I said. Magnum Force is a superior one out of all of them. Great sequel to Dirty Harry.
September 15, 2017
One of the best sequels ever made, (while not as legendary) considerably better then the first with a great plot, a more fleshed out Callahan, great action, exceptional dialogue (from the legend himself John Milius including my favorite final line in a movie and a film more relevant now then ever.
September 12, 2017
An excellent follow up to Dirty Harry! Each cop is well cast in their role and the story stays interesting
September 1, 2017
A fantastic addition to the Dirty Harry franchise!
½ August 22, 2017
Harry is back. Just as slick, but maybe a bit more talkative this time. This time there are some crooked cops involved, the villains are cops turned bad. Still, Harry is the biggest bad ass here.

A very cool car chase, not with a bus this time, but with cars and motorbikes. Other scenes are solid and raw. Some twists here and there, nice girls and a great pace and tensity construction. Almost as good as the original, but I doubt I'm going further into the series.

7 out of 10 slope roads.
August 9, 2017
For me, THE BEST of the Callahans. David, Tim, Felton Perry...the entire supporting cast in this one are STELLAR STARS.
August 5, 2017
The sequel to the 1971 classic is every bit as good as the original.
May 8, 2017
This movie is favorite of many Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry fans. After growing up watching mystery whodunnits, suspense thrillers, and unexpected twists in the plot, this was very disappointing. If you love Eastwood, more power to you. If you don't care either way about Eastwood, then don't feel guilty if you never view this one. I solved the mystery of "whodunnit" in the first 15 minutes or so, and spent rest of the movie tabulating all the easy-to-spot "clues" that were written into the plot. If you haven't figured it out by the end of the movie yourself, check your pulse. You may be stone cold dead. Maybe this was good for its time. I didn't think so. Watch out for nudity. If you don't want to see it, don't watch this movie. I found the revealing shots gratuitous. Save yourself the boredom and find something else to watch. This one ain't worth the trouble.
May 5, 2017
Dirty Harry is the man!
½ April 9, 2017
They got the formula down for this one.
½ March 20, 2017
Following up one of the most iconic police thrillers of all time is no small order, so, for what it's worth, "Magnum Force" is at least a valid effort. That being said, though, it certainly lacks the level of intrigue, urgency, and intensity that its 1971 predecessor so brilliantly employed, and its first-half is definitely chock-full of trimmable fat. But, on the whole, this is a mostly worthy foliow-up to "Dirty Harry," with enough action to keep you in your seat and a third act that will leave with a very Callahan-esque smirk on your face.
August 23, 2016
It's not often mentioned in this context, but "Magnum Force" may be an example of a sequel that's better than the original film. At minimum, it's as good as "Dirty Harry". The screenplay by Michael Cimino and John Milius expands on Callahan's character and humanizes him a bit more, and tempers the criticism that Callahan is just a fascist by setting him against villains who arguably are fascists. If Ted Post is not quite the director that Don Siegel is, he's a competent craftsman who handles the film with workmanlike efficiency.
July 22, 2016
classic dirty Harry film as Callahan tracks down a group of vigilantes.
½ April 22, 2016
While the previous edition is also mainstream, this edition is more audience friendly bordering on the action-comedy genre (just shades of contained comedy). The thriller element is more developed and Harry is a known character where the screenplay doesn't need to waste time introducing him again. But right when this one was going to overshadow the original, it fizzles out with its weak climax.

While Harry (Clint Eastwood) still goes by his reputation of an unconventional trigger happy cop, a new form of 'terror' engulfs the city where criminals are being put down by a vigilante. Harry is being suppressed by his Lieutenant Briggs (Hal Holbrook) and he is assigned a new partner Early Smith (Felton Perry). When he watches a bunch of talented rookies in the shooting range, it gives him an idea.

This is way more suspenseful while the antagonist is mysterious and powerful. Eastwood goes one up from his original performance by bringing in a subtle comic element to his character but at times oversteps on the space reserved for Chuck Norris, take the hijack drama for example. The screenplay is stuffed with twists and turns which makes it breezy and the rest of the characters too put in an apt performance except for Hal Holbrook who resorts to a caricature. Though the climax is quite revealing in the writing perspective, the action sequences and the actual implementation in disclosing the plot is mediocre. There is a small tabla melody introduced for the aforementioned comic subtlety that gels well with the overall background score. A lot more characters are introduced compared to the first edition, his romantic interest comes and leaves without a head and a tail.

Goes one up from the original but fizzles out in the climax.
March 18, 2016
"Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) appeared to have given up being a police officer in the closing scene of his first movie, but box office success demanded a sequel and we find him working in stakeout as this film begins. However, that all changes once a gang of vigilante cops begin mowing down every criminal in San Francisco who slips between the cracks of the justice system. The trendsetting characteristics of Dirty Harry had already begun to calcify into genre cliches by the time Magnum Force premiered. Like many action sequels, most of Magnum Force's efforts go into "upping the ante" by adding more fight scenes, increasing the body count, and making the gunfight and car chase sequences both longer and much more elaborate. Nothing in Magnum Force will blow anyone's mind, but it's filmed with professionalism and it should entertain anyone with a fondness for the renegade movie cop who does things his own way.
½ March 11, 2016
The second movie on Dirty Harry's series is better than the first.

Harry's character gets some evolution and we start to see a bit of the human being and his private life behind that gun.

The directing is good, Eastwood makes a good performance and the plot and dialogues are slightly better than in the first.

The soundtrack is also something to remark in this one.
½ February 14, 2016
An alright follow up to Dirty Harry.
January 25, 2016
Callahan takes on a group of vigilante cops who'd rather see criminals dead, than tried in the corrupt Justice System.
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