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Sudden Impact Review

Independent force of the law, Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), coasted off of the “are you feeling lucky, punk?” for four other feature films after Dirty Harry. A bold move, but four films into the series and Eastwood feels comfortable directing his own rendition of Callahan and his rebellious way of taking down serial killers and terrorist threats. Sudden Impact showcases just how comfortable, and how complacent, Eastwood was in this role as a cool-headed tough police officer. Or it would have Callahan’s driving narrative focus not been his suspension from said police force. Sudden Impact renders him nothing more than a private detective, swanning around waiting for his suspension from the SFPD to lapse. For all the thrills and carnage on display throughout, let’s hope that day comes soon.  

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