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Dated story about election manipulation. Silly moustache on Richard Gere, silly accent from Gene Hackman and a general lack of any suspense or chemistry. Bland and boring.
Great director. Great actors. What could go wrong? Well, many things. Let's start with the story. Have you read the synopsis on Imdb? I did and I still didnt understand what this movie was about. Basically this movie is a portrait of a pr manager for politicians. Back in the eighties it was kinda new to have pr managers running an election campaign. Now every upcoming tv personality has got a pr campaign. Therefore the story is outdated.
The execution of this story is done in a very bland way. There is none of the usual Sidney Lumet magic to be seen in this story. The photography looks bland and all the actors look rather silly. Richard Gere's moustache looks really silly. So does Gene Hackman's "polish" accent. There is no real suspense in this story. No chemistry between the actors. It all looks terribly bland and dated.
Only 17 reviews for this movie, that says a lot. This is one of the few flops talented director Sidney Lumet has made. Watch the classic "Network" instead by the same director, that movie is old as well, but has tons of emotions and a very suspenseful and thought provoking story, all of which are lacking in "Power".
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