The writing of this film definitely has its highs and lows. A high is that it isn't really formulaic. It's unique in the fact that you can't really see the next move coming, since there are two or three different ways that the characters could act. A low is that it could be deemed rather offensive. There are some blatantly racist and misogynistic moments in the film that would not really hold up in today's standards. In fact, the whole plot of Dirty Harry's female partner would probably have to be changed.
The acting of the film is rather strong. Clint Eastwood plays the same character that he pretty much always plays: a tough, overly masculine anti-hero, but he does it well. Tyne Daly is also good, delivering a lot of emotion and strength in her role. There is also some really strong cinematography in the film, especially the scenes with the foot chases and/or shootouts.
So overall, "The Enforcer" is an interesting police action film, but some of the racist and misogynistic views don't hold up very well in today's society. Still, it is definitely pretty well-made and makes me want to revisit the rest of the "Dirty Harry" series.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.