Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Review – Dirty Harry

If you’re a big fan of rogue-cop-with-his-own-brand-of-justice movies, here’s the one that more-or-less invented the genre. Further recommendation: despite being driven largely by simple-minded clichés, this is still an entertaining picture. Acting and script are both good, to the point when even an old die-hard individual rights advocate like me can’t help but cheer for Inspector Calahan as he takes on a psycho loosely based on the Zodiac serial killer. And on top of all this, there are actually subtleties to be found here, such as Calahan’s personal foibles (including a voyeuristic streak). In the realm of vicious cops versus vicious killers, you could do a lot worse. Worth seeing

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