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Absolute Power

Absolute Power

1997
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
2h 1m
He was where he shouldn't have been, saw what he shouldn't have seen. But who'll believe the word of a career thief and ex-con when he says he saw a woman killed - and that the man responsible is the President of the United States?
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Absolute Power

1997
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
2h 1m
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Avg Percentile 43.3% from 1132 total ratings

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Rated 19 Apr 2011
70
78th
Comically inept secret service, a cartoon president, and some ridiculous moments, but Clint is awesome and keeps things together.
Rated 28 Sep 2010
51
24th
Entertaining but ultimately frivolous. It has one of those "sum-up-in-4-sentences-in-an-elevator-with-a-film-exec" plots, which I despise, and when the plot tries desperately to propel that water-cooler idea, it fails. So in that spirit, the plot summed up in the immortal words of Tech N9ne: "Power the evil way is power the people say / Rebel yellin' with felons and my pockets are swellin' / This beats from Berlin Germany throwin' up Mizzizzy / So ain't no other city concerning me"
Rated 27 Jan 2015
70
53rd
A thriller so taut you could bounce dimes off it. I didn't know you could be deputized in as a Gynecologist but here we are. Welcome to Mooseport.
Rated 23 Apr 2017
68
54th
Very tame for a Clint Eastwood movie. But watchable once. "No Way Out" again with Gene Hackman was better
Rated 25 Feb 2017
79
49th
B
Rated 08 Jul 2012
30
15th
Yuck...
Rated 05 Oct 2013
59
21st
59.000
Rated 27 Dec 2013
76
56th
A good case of setting your sights a little too high. I mean, c'mon, the president? Maybe the writers should've cited someone a little lower in the political food chain: a senator, a congressman or a Walmart store manager. And maybe Clint's masterful disguises should've included something not resembling an old, skinny white guy. Seriously, buying a new belt does not constitute a disguise. Lots o' problems but still a mindless bit of fun.
Rated 19 Jan 2014
84
40th
Eastwood doesn't quite fit the character he is playing here
Rated 18 Feb 2017
51
50th
By the numbers. Good acting, but the screenplay leaves a lot to desire. Final resolution is ridiculous to say the least.
Rated 24 Jan 2012
60
38th
Great cast. I should give it another go.
Rated 09 Jun 2017
4
44th
I do generally enjoy Eastwood's lean and efficient style behind the camera, but it gets a bit lost in this well-acted "thriller" that, after an attention-grabbing first act with a great hook to it, gets horribly lost in way too many characters and subplots. A thriller needs to drive forward in a way this film just don't.
Rated 02 Feb 2018
60
10th
Viewed February 1, 2018.
Rated 13 Aug 2019
60
49th
Conspiracy thriller whose greatest moment is the voyeuristic opening with the burglar witnessing the POTUS involved in a hideous crime covered up by the Secret Service. Kind of a little comeback to his old actioners, but not with enough substance to go beyond the already lifeless material -- somehow elevated by Hackman. In a way, it's Eastwood somber chronicle about powerful men and the ugly deals they make -- Sullivan kills POTUS, but makes it look like a suicide and protects him.
Rated 01 Dec 2019
60
28th
This is a relatively decent action crime film, centering on political corruption. Plot wise its a little predictable perhaps but not bad, being based on a book by David Baldacci. There's a decent cast, with Clint Eastwood playing the accidental witness to the key event, a burglar/thief named Luther Whitney, while Gene Hackman plays the current POTUS. This film was fairly interesting but nothing special - I don't think I can say much more than that really. Not bad, not great, its ok.
Rated 11 Feb 2023
48
6th
Feels starkly amateurish and quietly absurd. Almost a case study for how extreme confidence can make every facet of a film awkward and questionable, from story beats to acting choices to staging to pacing. What a weirdly uninteresting affair.
Rated 07 Jun 2023
53
42nd
A snooze fest: it took 45 minutes for one event to take place
Rated 19 Apr 2012
59
26th
59.000
Rated 07 Mar 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 14 Dec 2011
97
30th
The story describes a conflict that arises after Luther Whitney (Clint Eastwood), a master jewel thief, witnesses Secret Service agents killing Christy (Melora Hardin), the beautiful young wife of elderly billionaire Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall), during her drunken rendezvous with Alan Richmond (Gene Hackman), the President of the United States. Sullivan is Richmond's friend and financial supporter, and Richmond is a known philanderer. Luther has a daughter, Kate (Laura Linney), who works as
Rated 20 Sep 2010
64
39th
Bad Eastwood movies are still typically elevated to at least "OK" status because I could watch him in just about anything and be entertained.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
70
14th
A far-fetched thriller unredeemed by some good acting--and I'm not talking about Eastwood.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
64
58th
Flawed and tacky in so many ways, but it always entertains me.
Rated 20 Apr 2009
10
6th
This sucked remarkably hard. Poorly acted, poorly directed, and feels like low-budget made-for-TV throw-away film. Come on Clint, you can do better than this.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
3
40th
"Frequently fun, but glossy tosh."
Rated 03 Dec 2007
87
76th
The actors pulled this 'okay' thriller out of mediocrity and at least made it watchable. Predictable, and a 2-dimensional depiction of the president, but don't blame Hackman, blame the writer.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
75
79th
solid Eastwood film
Rated 01 Sep 2007
70
58th
A good yarn from a good book. The book & movie part company on some plot details - the movie has a happier ending.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
30
30th
ok
Rated 14 Aug 2007
82
77th
Clint Eastwood=good watch
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
21st
The President has murdered some girl. Are you a bad enough dude to incriminate the President?

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