February 15, 1997 -- There's a certain familiarity about Clint Eastwood movies.
The easy gait, the steely gaze, the confident manner. A loner against overwhelming odds. He's no more just a jewel thief than Steven Seagal was just a cook in "Under Siege." That jewel thief, Luther Whitney is really Clint Eastwood, so you just know the Secret Service and the President of the United States are no match for him.
"Absolute Power" pits Eastwood, who plays Luther Whitney, the jewel thief, against the President and some high-level White House staff members when Eastwood witnesses a killing and a coverup in the house of a wealthy man.
In order to protect the reputation of the President, Whitney, and his daughter Kate (Laura Linney) are ordered killed. When Luther Whitney is fingered by the police for the killing he witnessed, the dead woman's husband, Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall) also puts a contract out on Whitney.
Whitney has to elude several killers, the police department and the Secret Service, while proving his innocence, but hey, no problem, he's you-know-who.
One of Whitney's escapes isn't believable and the ending of the film is rather abrupt, but most of the time this film runs as slick as oil, thanks to impeccable production standards, a solid script and good performances by Eastwood, Linney, Marshall, Scott Glenn (who plays SS agent Bill Burton) and Ed Harris, who plays detective Seth Frank.
It should be noted that Eastwood also directed and produced this film, in addition to being the star of it. You see, the President and all of his men never had a chance when Eastwood's got that kind of power. This film rates a B.
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