This slighter higher than average entry into the seemingly unending oeuvre of action flicks of Chuck Norris sees our man this time as a detective in the Chicago police out to get some drug dealers. When a war between two crime families breaks out on his turf, in the middle of a carefully planned bust no less, it is up to Sgt Cusack, a man so honest and decent it makes your teeth hurt, to sort it all out. Not helped by the code of silence surrounding the families, or the fact that he has transgressed the police's own code of silence leaving his fellow cops reluctant to come to his aid, he sets about cleaning up the streets of Chicago his way. His way is entertaining and shows off more martial arts skill than you would expect from the average windy city flatfoot.
Things crack along at a brisk pace, and all the usual clichés are duly ticked off one by one. Norris doesn't really bother trying to act, maintaining a stoical stony demeanour through most of the film, and only coming to life in the frequent action scenes. The fights are big and impressive, especially one in a pool hall where Norris is significantly outnumbered. The odd one liner breaks the ice a little. Denis Farina provides solid support as a sidekick, and Henry Silva is a suitably daft villain (`I have you at my mercy, so I am going to let you go and get tooled up ready for the big showdown rather than just blow you away here and now' style of villainy) and there is a solid cast of thugs and heavies for Norris to work his way through.
As I said, an above average entry into the genre, with lots going on and little extraneous material. 4 stars.