Magnum Force ★★★

hmmm perfectly competent and the violence is still really gross and effective but post is no siegel and the reversal of the original film here where harry is now hunting down cops with the gall to take the law into their gruesome, extrajudicial hands makes the whole thing feel like a weird, back-handed apology for the moral queasiness and complexity of the first film (and kinda neuters the depiction of harry as just as much of a violent psycho as what he's chasing) which is, uh, what i liked most about it. eastwood literally gets a monologue about how he understands that vigilante justice is bad now while still sort of doing it but like righteously now i guess lol

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