He was where he shouldn't have been and saw what he shouldn't have seen. Now, who will believe the word of career thief and ex-con Luther Whitney when he says he saw a woman killed - and that the man responsible is the U.S. President? Clint Eastwood portrays Whitney and directs this crisp, finely acted adaptation of David Baldacci's best-seller. Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Laura Linney and more top talents create well-rounded characters that intensify a constantly spiraling game of cat-and-mouse between Whitney, local police and the highest levels of Oval Office power.
Entertaining but flawed thriller
- Absolute Power review by RP
Clint Eastwood plays Clint Eastwood as an old and wily jewel thief who witnesses a philandering US President attempting rough sex with a woman who is then killed by Secret Service bodyguards. After a tense start, the film then rambles a little as suspicion for the woman's death falls on Clint who proceeds to evade detection by his mastery of disguise.
It's an entertaining but flawed thriller – the story is more than a little silly and many scenes are unrealistic (eg Clint gets away from Secret Service men at night when they're 30 years younger and fitter and he's wearing a heavy rucksack and they have night vision goggles) and his 'master of disguise' technique consists of wearing an old coat and a hat. Despite the flaws, Mr Eastwood directed yet another effective thriller. I enjoyed it and rate it 3/5 stars.