#50: The Dead Pool - Mania.com

#50: The Dead Pool


The underrated fifth entry in the Dirty Harry franchise benefits from a healthy dose of humor, not the least of which comes in a surprisingly funny riff on the famous chase from Bullitt. The bad guy wires a remote control toy car with explosives, then sends it out to blow up Harry (Clint Eastwood) and his partner (Evan C. Kim). Sure, the sight of a rinky-dink Radio Shack escapee closing in on a full-fledged sedan is ridiculous, but the film is well aware of it. And as we watch the toy catch air as it revs over San Francisco's famous hills, our laughter blends with legitimate suspense. It turns an extended parody into something weirdly unique… and a great way to kick off our list..

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