Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

Matthew Preston calls them “Fred Flintstone moments,” those squirm-inducing scenes where everything would be all right if the other characters would just give the hero a moment to explain himself instead of telling him what a jerk he is, and this film has plenty. It is also overloaded with clichés, stolen jokes, stolen hustles, obvious pros in the close-up shots, two deus ex machinas, and wall-to-wall macho posturing. Some decent pool and Walken’s fascinating weirdness prevent this from being the zero-star train wreck it should be, but mostly it’s an awkward, obvious showcase for Callahan’s conceited asshole of a protagonist.

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