“Magnum Force” is a mea culpa of a movie. It seeks atonement, while still sticking a pistol in your face.
After accusations of fascist overtones in “Dirty Harry,” Clint Eastwood returned to the part of the trigger-happy cop for a sequel of redemption. Sure, Harry is a vigilante. But… he’s not the worst of the vigilantes.
Original “Dirty” director Don Siegel refused to take part in a follow-up entry. After Eastwood turned down helming the film himself, Ted Post stepped in.
“Force” works off a treatment Terrence Malick penned for the first Harry Callahan movie, involving the protagonist facing off against a bad batch of officers who take justice too far. It would have been intriguing if Malick’s concept actually…