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Absolute Power September 23, 2006

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

I found the title “Absolute Power” very corny….something fit for a Van Damme or Steven Seagal movie, but I rented this only because of the star cast consisting of Clint Eastwood (who also directs this), Gene Hackman, Ed Harris and Laura Linney. The plot is rather frivolous…a famous thief (Eastwood) breaks into the house of a billionaire but when he is about to leave…witnesses the billionaire’s wife assaulted by the President (Gene Hackman) and when she tries to struggle back, she is shot by two intelligence agents who arrive on time…also on the scene is the Chief of Staff who organizes the cover up. Though they come to find out that someone has been witness to this crime they don’t really bother to trace him at first. Following a press conference by the President later where he fakes grief at the killing, Eastwood decides to gets back at him and what follows from thereon is a standard cat and mouse game.

The movie is definitely engrossing but I wonder why Eastwood chose to make a movie with such a contrived plot….In that sense I found this disappointing. I would rate this as an average movie overall which you can watch if you don’t find anything better.



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