Absolute Power

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Absolute Power

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Ed Harris, Gene Hackman, Laura Linney, Scott Glenn

Clint Eastwood has transformed his career from spaghetti westerns to Academy Awards for his directorial efforts. In this 1997 film he finds himself both in front and behind the camera. Absolute Power brings Gene Hackman who co-starred in Unforgiven with Eastwood. It also features Ed Harris, Laura Linney, and Scott Glenn just to name a few of the recognized faces in this film. While the film didn’t do much in terms of awards it stands as a quality film with a great story.

When a burglar finds himself trapped in a room with two drunk lovers he sees something more than he expects. In the end the woman is dead and the man (Hackman), a very important one, is whisked away by willing accomplices. The home he’s chosen to rob belongs to a wealthy philanthropist named Walter Sullivan. The dead woman is Sullivan’s wife. Sullivan wasn’t the one in the room with her. Now the burglar, Luther Whitney (Eastwood) is faced with a decision. He holds a key piece of evidence and knowledge that could bring powerful people down. These same people are searching for him in an effort to silence the only witness. Others are searching for the truth and seeking justice for the murdered woman. At the lead is detective Seth Frank (Harris). As Luther’s race for survival beings it also means protecting his estranged daughter (Linney). In the end it might not be the killer who has all the power.

As far as suspense goes this is a good film. The plot is predictable at times but kept me interested throughout the film. The acting makes the movie enjoyable as each of the main characters plays their role well. In the end this is a solid film with little to criticize but also little to rave about. Eastwood was still growing into the director we have today but this is worth watching if you like mystery and suspense. I give this film 3.2 stars out of 5.

Rating: R

Running Time: 121 minutes


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