Saturday, March 22, 2008

Absolute Power (1997) R - 4 Stars

Luther Whitney, (Clint Eastwood) who also directed the film, is an aging burglar who pulls off one last major heist before retiring. Walter Sullivan (E.G. Marshall), one of President Alan Richmond, (Gene Hackman) biggest financial supporters is an eccentric old millionaire with a bountiful vault stuffed with expensive trinkets. Luther thinks Walter is on vacation with his young wife, Christy Sullivan (Melora Hardin), somewhere in the Bahamas when he decides to enter their vault. But in the process of his burglary he becomes involved in a deadly government cover up. Luther is interrupted when an overly stimulated drunk couple, wanting to have sex, enter the bedroom. He takes refuge in the vault and while watching the couple through a two way mirror, he becomes witness to Christy's murder involving the president.

Because Luther is one of the best in his field he is immediately suspected by a suspicious detective, Seth Frank (Ed Harris) who has been assigned to investigate. Luther's estranged daughter Kate Whitney, (Laura Linney), has not been a part of her fathers life and now suddenly he reappears trying to make amends. With the secret service and privately hired assassins on his tail, he wants Kate to know before he flees town that he is not a murderer. The two form a new bond and Luther decides to stay and fight for justice.

Sony Pictures
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: William Goldman
Producers: Clint Eastwood, Karen Spiegel
I viewed 3/08

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