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Absolute Power

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Absolute Power

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As an early entry in the brand-new genre of movies in which the president is a killer, Absolute Power sets an impressively mediocre standard. Clint Eastwood, a world-class burglar, breaks into the D.C.-area mansion of America's most influential billionaire and becomes an unwilling witness to the slaying of the billionaire's lovely wife at the hands of Secret Service agents, who are only doing their duty protecting President Gene Hackman. President Hackman turns out to be a bad president, not only because he couldn't fight off a woman without help, but because he attempts to frame Eastwood for the crime and kill Eastwood's daughter. What follows is a murky, often confusing story riddled with half-hearted performances, erratic characters, and too many cliched lines and situations. The fact that the story is this poor despite a screenplay by genius William Goldman might mean that another decent script has been ruined by someone's underestimation of audience intelligence. Don't prove them right by seeing this mediocre, silly, and above all boring movie.