Television, Movie and Play Reviews
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
Starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Laura Linney, Judy Davis, and E.G. Marshall
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Running time: 122 minutes
The movie trailer and TV advertising pretty much give away the plot. Clint Eastwood is a master thief. Gene Hackman is the philandering President of the United States who likes his sex "rough." Eastwood's character, Luther Whitney, just happens to be burglarizing the house of the President's mistress when she is murdered. Not only does a White House cover up ensue, the President decides to blame the murder on Luther. Now when the most powerful man in the world decides to frame you for a murder, you don't have many choices. Fight, flee, or end up dead at the hands of the Secret Service men the President sends after you.
A few years ago, this plot would have seemed preposterous. Now, it's not only imaginable, it's downright believable to many of our nation's citizenry.
There are a few plot holes that one could drive the proverbial truck through (like the ending!) but in general the movie is entertaining. I especially liked the dialogue between Eastwood and Ed Harris. I wish they had had more screen time together. Scott Glenn performed his Secret Service duties well enough. Judy Davis's rather brittle performance, although somewhat similar to fingernails on a chalkboard, was okay. I was disappointed in Gene Hackman's performance. Oh, sure, he made me dislike him, but I didn't feel he put his all into the role. I expected more of an edge to his character.
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