After Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan's (Clint Eastwood's) arrest of a gambling kingpin results in a conviction for murder, a group of thugs shoot up Harry's car and try to kill him. Harry overpowers them and is paired with a new partner, Inspector Al Quan (Evan C. Kim). Within a few days of this assignment, Harry and Al find themselves working on the mysterious death of rock star Johnny Squares (Jim Carrey), who was on-location filming a movie directed by Peter Swan (Liam Neeson). After one of Swan's crew is killed in a Chinatown robbery that is foiled by Al and Harry, Al discovers a list of celebrities on the dead man that includes the dead rock star and one Inspector Harry Callahan. They soon discover that this is part of a strange game called "The Dead Pool", and it isn't long before other people on the list turn up dead, and someone starts making attempts on Harry's life.