Absolute Power (1997)

ABSOLUTE POWER is a progressively implausible, though admittedly 
crowd-pleasing thriller, adapted from the David Baldacci best sel-
ler by writer William Goldman and director Clint Eastwood.  Mr. 
Make My Day also stars as the master thief who witnesses the mur-
der-- and the resulting conspiracy to conceal said murder-- of the 
President's mistress.  Plot holes, convenient coincidences, and a 
shaky tone are balanced by a breezy sense of humor, above-the-board 
acting, and Eastwood's deliberately leisurely pacing.  Just ignore 
Judy Davis, who overdoes it as the President's ass-protecting Chief 
of Staff.  (Rated "R"/120 min.)

Grade: C+

Copyright 1997 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: February 19, 1997

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