I figured since We have been watching all of the Dirty Harry films with the one and the only Clint Eastwood (Sudden Impact) and I figured we’d finish off the series. Do not confuse today’s film The Dead Pool with that hilarious Marvel Comics movie because this one is based off a twisted game. The Dead Pool is a game where they write a list of celebrities that each person believes will die within the year an the person with the most deaths wins the game. It all becomes a little real though when a musician is found dead and his name is on the very list of a director (Liam Neeson). Harry Callahan (Eastwood) is put on the case as more and more celebrities start to turn up dead that are all linked to the director. The film also stars Patricia Clarkson (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials) as Samantha Walker, Jim Carrey (The Number 23) as Johnny Squares, Evan C. Kim (V) as Al Quan, David Hunt (Jade) as Harlan Rook, Michael Goodwin (Stuck In Love) as Lt. Ackerman, Michael Currie (Sudden Impact) as Captain Donnelly, Anthony Charnota (The Rookie) as Lou Janero, Victoria Bastel (The Video Dead) as Suzanne Dayton, and the film was directed by Buddy Van Horn (Any Which Way You Can). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
As far as the stats are concerned, it’s not the highest in the series, but it’s also not the lowest either. Harry Callahan has about 12 kills in the film and he still has no origin story and he shouldn’t this far deep. I didn’t know how to answer the love interest question because at first he doesn’t like her because she is a reporter, but he is eventually staying at her place in the film so that is why I wrote yes and no. His partner is wounded (first time not killed in the series) and she is taken hostage by the killer so I would say yes to that next question. The big boss is defeated and you’ll have to see how it’s done cause it’s really cool. Now as far as the series is concerned, I really liked this one because it embraced all of the 80’s in it’s glory, but it’s definitely not my favorite in the series. One thing that I have to comment on is tat I just can’t take Jim Carrey serious as a rock star in the film because everything he does is just cheesy. It’s almost like he is poking fun at the 1980’s while he pretends to be Axl Rose. You do get to see a cameo by at least Slash and Izzy Stradlin in the film during one scene in case you were wondering. It just seems unnatural when you are watching him during the scene. Liam Neeson I thought was great in the film playing an English low budget/b-movie horror director and Patricia Clarkson was amazing as well. I liked who they casted as Harry’s partner for sure because he was a nice balance for the tough as nails Callahan. The cinematography is cool and the story is pretty good as it would inspire our favorite Marvel Character’s origin. So, I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.