Maybe it’s me, but this one seems to waning from the mass consciousness of moviedom for some reason. Don’t let that stop you from revisiting this excellent 90s corrupt-cop, crime drama (say that three times). It captures the feel of noir, without being a parody — its strong script treatment and thrilling Scorsese-lite visuals forge an edge-of-your-seat thriller with one of the most satisfying final acts of the nineties.
Almost better than Dirty Harry. Magnum Force works because it contributes an ideological counterpoint to Dirty Harry — vigilantism run amock — how far is too far? It's a question that the film wisely chooses not to answer — allowing viewers to grapple with their own beliefs.
Callahan himself is a softer figure in the sequel, his rougher edges slightly rounded off to fit the requirements of the film's story. The script by John Milius and Michael Cimino does a nice job of…
Half horror movie, half action movie. An intriguing combination that kinda works here...
I don’t mind an action movie that’s stripped down to its bare essentials (see: Commando). But Cobra is a little different — there’s lean & mean and there’s stripped so bare that there’s not much left. Cobra plunges into the latter category. At 87 minutes (!!) there’s not much to dislike, but as an action fan, you’re ultimately left a little wanting. The eighties MTV-style music montages are great though, bring them back!