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Enforcer, The
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by Chef ADogg

"Solid action. Not much else."
3 stars

"The Enforcer" is a movie in the not-so-grand tradition of lowest-common-denominator action cinema. Stick some familiar characters into a reasonably enthralling plot and then watch it come together with the aid of a few explosions. There's nothing inherently wrong with this approach (even if it did give us Steven Segal's entire career), and "The Enforcer" is one of the genre's better examples--though that's a bit like saying it's the nicest prostitute in the whorehouse.

"The Enforcer" is ostensibly about Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and his pursuit of some tree hugger terrorists, though it's quite obviously the simple story of what happens when you drag a bitch-baiting, chest-thumping neanderthal into the twentieth century and assign him a chick partner (Tyne Daly).

There are some pretty funny scenes in here, like when Harry starts warming up to said partner, displaying his newfound open-mindedness by being polite and drinking apple juice. The humor is all in the way that Eastwood tries so desperately to hide his sneer--he's visibly annoyed that the series is moving away from its orignal ruthless aesthetic.

Screenwriters Stirling Silliphant and Dean Riesner try their best to make this, the third Callahan film, an enlightening, vaguely feminist experience--but it's just not happening. All those silly, half-assed morsels of equality about women in the police force stick out like a sore thumb and ruin a good lot of the dialogue scenes.

It is to James Fargo's credit, then, that the chase scenes remain enjoyable. They aren't as plentiful as in previous installments, but that just makes the ones we do see all the more thrilling. And some nice footwork, a pleasant surprise after the endless vehicular pursuit in "Magnum Force."

Finally, and most importantly, this movie has explosions. Lots of 'em. It's all about a group of hippies who hijack a bunch of blow-shit-up equipment and then employ these destructive devices to aid their cause. Luckily for us, the scenes in which the cause in question is identified were left on the cutting room floor, leaving more room for explosions.

Man, I just LOVE watching shit blow up.

The acting is terrible and James Fargo couldn't direct to save his life. So what? A worthy sequel to "Dirty Harry" in spirit alone, and good times had by all.

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originally posted: 12/22/99 18:28:35
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12/29/17 morris campbell imho the last good dirty harry movie 4 stars
12/05/11 Monday Morning Tyne Daly - lame death. Coulda done better. 3 stars
9/23/10 MP Bartley The action scenes are fine, but everything else inbetween ranges from mediocre to laughable 3 stars
3/07/08 Pamela White Clint makes the day 5 stars
1/15/07 David Pollastrini great action 4 stars
5/18/06 mr.mike fair sequel , with dopey villians and plot 3 stars
5/27/05 ann I've never forgiven them for killing off Tyne Daly 4 stars
5/16/05 J C Charron Gets better with time, in retrospect! 4 stars
3/23/04 KGB 'Dirty' Harry Callahan... Is one of the best next to John McClean, Max Payne & Solid Snake 5 stars
2/16/04 john sadly uninspired but it does have Eastwood 3 stars
12/25/03 Sugarfoot Enjoyable enough to watch on a rainy day. 3 stars
12/24/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. Another Eastwood classic, but Tyne Daly (CAGNEY & LACEY) steals the show. 4 stars
9/30/03 Shane Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May not be the best in the series & the most dumbest plot ever but... It's pure EASTWOOD!! 4 stars
7/04/03 Sam Moszynski Not much story here, but still a good entry into a great series 4 stars
3/19/03 Jack Sommersby Gets the job done, but it's a little too unpleasant. 3 stars
2/05/03 Steven This one of the best Thriller that I saw 5 stars
10/26/02 cheryl love it 5 stars
10/23/02 Charles Tatum Tyne Daly? 3 stars
12/10/01 R.W. Welch Efforts to humanize Dirty Harry just weaken his character. 3 stars
10/16/01 Peter This is my favorite Dirty Harry film. I LOVE IT!!!! 5 stars
8/06/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Too serious, with a downer of an ending. 3 stars
5/19/00 tank Watchable but uninspired 2nd sequel to the brilliant Dirty Harry. 3 stars
12/03/98 Lord Of The Dunce Dirty Harry had started to tire by this one. Shouldn't have happened. 3 stars
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