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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Power (1968)

Starring George Hamilton, Suzanne Pleshette, Richard Carlson, Yvonne De Carlo, Earl Holliman
Directed by Byron Haskin
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

When it's discovered a scientific committee has among its members an individual with incredible mental abilities, a member of the committee is murdered, and the young scientist suspected goes on the run to prove his innocence.

Producer George Pal, famed for science fiction films like Destination Moon and The War Of The Worlds, does not fare as well with this picture, despite a talented cast and intriguing premise.  In my estimation, the problem seems to be that the screenplay becomes a little muddled after a fine opening to the film, and it takes a while to make sense of what's going on, especially with the villain's motives never really being explained.  Still, Pal's flair for sci-fi adventure shines through, despite the movie's shortcomings.

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