The Dead Pool
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Time Out saysDirty Harry part five ain't much cop. True, the morgues and breakers' yards are filled to brimming, but the sight of Lt Callahan (Eastwood) and new partner Lt Quan (Kim) trying to look scared as they are chased through San Francisco by a 6-inch remote-controlled model car quickly un-suspends disbelief. Down in Chinatown there are murderous thugs flying through windows into his lap; worse, now that he's hit the headlines and has go-getter newscaster Samantha Walker (Clarkson) on his back, Harry fears he may become a victim in a series of psychopathic murders of local celebrities. So many ethical debates later, a prolonged burst of Uzi machine-gun fire forces Walker into his arms and his way of thinking; and the anonymously sent hit-list - the eponymous dead pool - is traced to sicko horror film director Peter Swan (Neeson). Eastwood still manages to run about almost energetically, and there are occasional flashes of the old laconic wit; but the direction is woefully loose, and can't marry the parody with the thrills.