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Super Reviewer
January 17, 2013
A taunt, riveting and first-rate thriller with a twist. A compelling, well-character drawn and masterfully crafted crafted thriller from Director, Clint Eastwood. Eastwood is brilliant, he gives a great and gritty performance. Laura Linney is excellent. Ed Harris is terrific. It`s a utterly exciting and pulse-pounding thrill-ride. A fantastic movie. It delivers top-notch acting, tightly-paced plot and outstanding craftsmanship. Thrillers don`t get anymore exciting or smart than this one.
Super Reviewer
February 28, 2011
Okay movie. Didn't really stay focused....so how good could it have been? Typical 90's movie.
Super Reviewer
December 5, 2010
This is a really fun mystery thriller. If you love Clint Eastwood and the genre, it's practically a shoe in. I really liked the idea of knowing the answers, but not knowing why they were relevant until the story unfolded. Clint Eastwood as a jewel thief is a really interesting thought. Usually he's on the other side of the law, but it turns out he can play both sides with complete ease. It's also bizarre when Gene Hackman plays evil characters because he does it so well.
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2009
CLINT EASTWOOD. I dont need to review on this Movie. OUTSTANDING.
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2007
the first 30 minutes were absolutely brilliant, but the rest of the film went down hill fairly quickly. there were huge holes in the film that were just too much to recover from, but the film was entertaining.
Super Reviewer
April 26, 2008
I really enjoyed the movie but it seemed more low key than it should have been. We were dealing with massively important people and a situation that is pretty huge but the movie goes the quiet route and the whole thing feels small. I liked all the people involved and they all did good jobs but it seemed like there should have been a little more to it. The ending fell a little flat as well but not enough to kill the enjoyment of what came before.
Super Reviewer
½ September 4, 2006
A bit of a hit and miss type film. A pretty slow start, but the general story was fairly good, yet it all seemed a little dragged out.
Super Reviewer
March 18, 2008
This is the kind of cast that makes you say "Son of a bitch, this is a great cast!". Clint Eastwood is excellent as a career criminal that sees a lady murdered by the Secret Service while messing around with the President. All involved put in top-notch performances with a very unique story idea.
Super Reviewer
March 18, 2008
Clint is a highly skilled thief who witnesses a murder while on a job.
Super Reviewer
March 3, 2008
Clint Eastwood showing his real self with a voyeur fetish.
Super Reviewer
½ December 24, 2006
Faintly ridiculous thriller saved from total mediocrity by a strong cast.
Super Reviewer
½ April 2, 2007
Absolutely terrific thriller since In the Line of Fire and Clint Eastwood did great jobs as the star, producer and director in this one of David Baldacci's best novels.
Super Reviewer
January 30, 2012
Star studded and headlined/directed by Clint Eastwood this thriller can't quite live up to its top notch cast. The story suffices but doesn't bring anything new to the genre and can't utilize all its great actors with their underdeveloped roles. As far as an entertaining film though, "Absolute Power" is quite good. We are given a first-hand look at a brutal crime, along with Luther (Clint Eastwood) and then we see the cover-up and the ensuing chaos. This is a rather middling effort from Eastwood but decent.
Super Reviewer
½ February 14, 2008
Great suspense thriller. Good performances.
Super Reviewer
½ February 11, 2009
A so-so film from Eastwood. Having read William Goldman's account of writing it in 'Which Lie Did I Tell?' I wasn't expecting great things but there were some nice scenes. I liked the exchange in the gallery between Eastwood and Harris and Glenn's character was more interesting than I expected. Saying that Hackman has played this role numerous times (most noticably in 'No Way Out') and is nothing special and Eastwood is fine but not at his most engrossing. I kept walking out of the room to get other jobs done during the film which probably says something about something. Ho hum.
Super Reviewer
June 7, 2008
'Absolute Power' is the kind of thriller that attempts to explore character relationships yet still provide enough thrills to satisfy an adrenaline-hungry audience; one that includes a potentially smart storyline and interesting characters that work around the plot, rather than against it. Unfortunately, this technique hasn't worked as well here as the film thinks it has. The plot is supposed to concern a thief who witnesses the president commit a horrific crime, and how he must find a way to convince others of the truth. Eastwood's mistake is that he becomes so intently focused on the thief's father-daughter relationship he forgets about unwinding the plot; the tension is effectively built, and we desire an enthralling outcome, but it never materialises. Instead a hushed, talky resolution takes it place, and the mid-section of the film seems to forget the whole thing. Dialogue is strangely convoluted too; take for instance "That thief witnessed a murder!" - yes, we know. Later: "Just another open and shut case"...ah, but we know better! Dramatic irony, and all that. Eastwood uses it again and again; "It's not as though he has any evidence" is a line designed so we can shout at the screen "but he does, he does!!!". For a director of Eastwood's calibre, this seems strangely amateur. Several scenes are repetitive and monotonous too, as though no-one could think of anything better to take up time with, and I struggled to believe the president of the most powerful country in the world would have such inept, 'looney-tunes' style bodyguards. The film boasts a great cast and, despite being over-long and lacking in any subtelty, works as an intriguing political thriller. But with such a masterful director, and what can easily be a taut, refreshing plot, it's just not half as intriguing as it ought to be.
Super Reviewer
January 21, 2008
Great movie!
½ May 5, 2008
9/19/2015: An ok movie with a great cast. Once the conflict was recognized, there were not many shocking or interesting developments. I wouldn't watch more than once.
May 3, 2015
Paint by numbers thriller that has some iconic actors doing very little....but it's still got Eastwood.
½ February 13, 2015
While a well made film and showcases many stars, its hard to believe Eastwood would be able to escape and appear in so many ways successfully.
Directed and starred in by Eastwood. Great for fans of of the cast and Eastwood fans should like it as well.
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