Gritty tale of a cop (Burt Reynolds) demoted to the vice squad in Atlanta after a bust goes awry.
I don't know how this has never came across my radar before. I learned of Sharky's Machine reading an obit for Reynolds. Doing some background on the film, I learned that this was Burt's answer to the Dirty Harry series after he felt Eastwood crossed into his territory with Every Which Way But Loose.
Sharky's Machine is no Dirty Harry. Nor is it on par with Body Heat which is another one it seems to oft have been compared to. But it has some of the character of both films and does it best to hold court. There are some ridiculous things that sink it (ninjas in karate suits working for Latin drug kingpins??) but it does have some good things going for it as well, the highlight of which is the chaotic chemistry between Reynold's Sharky and his vice squad. That interaction feels genuine and helps hold the rest up when needed.
Oh, what would the MCU be if Norton hadn't pissed everyone off and gotten himself fired? Its an interesting question, one we will never know the answer to. One thing we do know is that The Incredible Hulk is the best film of the MCU origin stories.
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I don't know what all the naysayers are harping about. Captain Marvel keeps the MCU streak going as upper tier popcorn entertainment. Brie Larsen does a great job at showing she can kick tail with the best of the boys and Sam L. is a G as always. I feel its some kind of sexist even to compare it to Wonder Woman because they have nothing in common outside of being comic based and having female protagonists but if I have to, then I'll say Captain Marvel is easily the superior of the two. If you aren't a right wing jerkwad that can't get his head out of his ass and you like a good action film, then you should have a great time here. My gripes were small and center mostly on the climax and how it was executed, but they are small issues.