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Absolute Power


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  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WUU1KC

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In this slick political thriller, an emotionally disconnected, aesthetically refined master thief is out for one final score before retiring to his treasure-lined hideaway. But during a robbery at a mansion near Washington, he witnesses a bizarre sex murder involving the President of the United States. As the president's slimy handlers frantically cover the crime up, the career criminal--and only outside witness--becomes the Secret Service's prime target. His relationship with his estranged daughter hangs in the balance. Adapted from the best-selling novel by David Baldacci.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a promising film, with a high calibre cast following an acclaimed story. However, it has a fascinating opening half-hour, introducing all the key players and setting up the scene very well, but after that it plays as a very slow and steady cat-and-mouse game as Whitney must convince both Kate and Frank of his innocence and guide them to the truth, whilst evading the might of the Secret Service as they try to cover up their tracks.

It’s got Eastwood’s trademark direction over it, with long sweeping panoramic shots and using the city as a supporting character, with great cinematography. All the actors play their part perfectly, and it’s refreshing to see an older cast deliver such finely crafted performances rather than young, upcoming stars.

It’s not an action film, bar a few sequences to liven up the pace of things, but more driven by interesting characters and a countdown as to who will discover the truth first. It just never really picks up pace, and even the conclusion is very tame and delivered with litter urgency. If you’re not into political thrillers, you may find this slightly boring, as it’s not one of Eastwood’s best films, but it’s a solid effort on the basis of a memorable narrative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miguel on 29 April 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Purchased this DVD as I like C Eastwood, the book was written by D Baldacci whom I love. The film, however, was a total let down. It was really a synopsis of what was a very good book. Amazes me how permission was given to release the DVD as for me "it completely lost the plot"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lindaluv on 8 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
What a shame that they always spoil the story when they take a good book and turn it into a mediocre film. They missed out the main man from the book completely and then adapted the story, but in my opinion they completely ruined it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Beer on 20 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I like the way CE has aged and his films have aged with him he has stayed believable ..instead of trying to be 30 and running around like a lunatic he has made some good films that are age appropriate if you like this you may like blood work again a little slow but a good film .....so go ahead ...make your day !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexnigma on 25 Mar 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This Is an excellent film. Clint Eastwood in top form as s burglar turned hero when the President wants his dirty deads covered up and they well and truly overstep the mark when they try and kill Clint's daughter. Very well written thoroughly enjoyed this throughout. Well worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
It's been said that Clint Eastwood only has two different speeds as a director - slow and even slower. With Absolute Power he's on the verge of comatose, kicking off with the most tedious robbery in screen history which very, very slowly turns into an even less interesting overlong murder scene that owes so much to No Way Out it even features Gene Hackman. After half an hour of endless underlit boredom setting up the plot, it plods along with no urgency or interest other than finishing on schedule and under budget. Aside from one affable scene with Ed Harris, the supporting cast (aside from an abysmal Judy Davis) for once outshine Eastwood, but they're competing for a picture that really isn't worth stealing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Keith Phillips on 24 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Probably my favourite Clint Eastwood film, in my opinion he is just as good a director as he is an actor you can't say that about many actors.
I think that Clint Eastwood really understands his craft from both sides of the camera, what more can you say watch this movie I think that you will enjoy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D.L. Heath on 5 Aug 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This review is about the PRODUCT, and not the FILM.

For a film of this age (1996), the HD-transfer is above average but nothing spectacular. Outdoor/day shots are very clear and clean, but there is a very noticeable BLUR during the indoor/night scenes, particularly during the robbery/attack at the beginning. The office scenes (day) are good, but again not outstanding. One thing I definitely noticed was a reduction in the sound. I had to turn my speakers up 75% to be able to hear it properly. All things considered, given the sound, the picture and the lack of extras, I would have to rate this 2.5/5 stars, but as Amazon doesn't permit this, I will stick with 2*.

Two points of interest, the cover does not match the one shown here on Amazon (the one shown here is the DVD sleeve image with a superimposed PG certificate), plus the film carries a 15 certificate - not PG.

There are absolutely NO EXTRAS - not even a trailer.

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio / English 5.1 Dolby Digital / Castilian Spanish 5.1 / French 5.1 / German 5.1 / Italian 5.1 / Latin Spanish 2.0
Subtitles: English / Castilian Spanish / Danish / Finnish / French / German / Greek / Italian / Norwegian / Portuguese / Swedish
Chapters: 34
Ratio: 2.40:1 Anamorphic widescreen
Running time: 121 minutes
Label : Warner Home Video
Catalogue number: 2000040028
Blu-Ray Released: 2010
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