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I found the movie to be rather entertaining. I can forgive the fictional setting of the movie as easily as I can forgive all these English speaking Germans in all these World War II movies. The movie does give the viewer a clear and logical lesson in what needed to be done to overthrow a national government by the military. There are enough betrayal, political intrigue and powerbroking to satisfied most fans of this genre.
I supposed the unsettling subject matter of this film was probably one of the reasons why it got slam dunk by many of the critics back in 1978. There's also nudity where girl get tortured by electro device and some brutal killing scenes.
But overall, this proves to be an interesting and intriguing movie which draws out pretty faithfully to the Luttwak's book. On my VHS cover, its written "In the game of treason, only a fool plays by the rules" and this movie definitely tell you the truism of those words.
In summary: There is lots of intrigue and twists that should keep you interested and the ending is chilling and very realistic. Highly reccomended
While both the DVD and VHS covers give the impression that Power Play is a simple action film, it's actually a rather thoughtful and surprisingly cynical docudrama and more emphasis is put on the plotting of the revolution than the actual revolution itself. This may make the film sound excessively dry but actually, it works out pretty well. The film has some exciting action sequences and a powerful ending, precisely because the filmmakers take the time to set up exactly what's happening and why. The film also features some excellent performances from David Hemmings (as the head conspirator), Peter O'Toole (who is at his decadent best here), and especially Donald Pleasance who is absolutely chilling as the head of the secret police.
Power Play is definitely recommended for fans of O'Toole and for those who like their action movies to have a little bit of intellectual and political substance.
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