Absolute Power (1997)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
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Average Rating: 6.1/10
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In this thriller, an aging cat burglar becomes a crusader embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game involving murder and a government cover-up. Adapted by distinguished scenarist William Goldman from a novel by David Baldacci and featuring a powerful all-star cast, the story works at different levels, not only as a straight-forward thriller but also as an insightful look at the love between the old thief and his estranged daughter, a highly successful prosecuting attorney. The trouble begins when
Feb 14, 1997 Wide
Jul 8, 1997
Warner Home Video
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White House Tour Gui...
John Lyle Campbell
Eric Dahlquist Jr.
Oval Office Agent
Jack Stewart Taylor
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The plot is a doomsday version of Bill Clinton's Paula Jones problem, but the theme is impending mortality--settling scores before time's up.
Doesn't rank with Eastwood's best work as actor/director, but it's nevertheless solidly enjoyable.
Mr. Hackman languishes in the smallish role of a White House buffoon, with Judy Davis equally cartoonish as his witchy chief of staff.
A first-rate thriller about arrogance at the top, a showdown between two kinds of Americans: the evil, omnipotent bureaucrat and the enterprising, mind-his- own-business loner.
Almost a drawing room thriller, unhurried and genteel but enlivened with suspense and surprising bursts of sly, even biting, humor.
...Eastwood makes what he can of a nifty, though implausible, what-if idea.
Eastwood films with his usual effortless pace, generating suspense practically out of thin air.
A pretty decent suspense movie, until its last half hour or so, which ends on a flaccid note and doesn't generate the needed resolution for the solid build-up that came before.
For all the suspense the film does generate, the fairly flat climax is a disappointing payoff.
Good actors elevate this disappointing and lame effort by a respected filmmaker.
...suffers from the same pathology as Bridges of Madison County; a weakness of source material.
The plot and its resolution requires simply too much disbelief to be suspended by the audience...
You could waste your time in many worse ways than watching this ensemble of old pros shoot and scratch at each other.
The ending of the film is rather abrupt, but most of the time this film runs as slick as oil, thanks to impeccable production standards, a solid script and good performances...
Eastwood labors in a role that calls for someone far less forceful, while Hackman is positively embarassing. These were the same guys who made Unforgiven?
Can't believe William Goldman wrote this crap, or that Eastwood, Hackman, Harris, and Davis bothered to get involved with it either.
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