This movie was rather
difficult to classify. It was definitely a drama, but there was
quite a bit of action mixed in. It was interesting, but I think
the producers, or writers, went to too much trouble to make things more
complex. Instead, they made it complicated. A side issue is
brought in to explain the murder, which seems like a cheat.
The story is really quite simple. The national security
agents are trying to cover up the murder of one of the White House employees.
They have given a motive and means to the president's son, since her agenda
notes that she was about to sell some information to a talk show, then
leave the country, and the president's son was her lover. There is
even indirect and unconfirmed evidence that she was also the president's
A Washington homicide detective is called in on the case, because
it is known that the secret service will cover up the case, and the detective
will not give up on it, even if everything he tries to do is classified.
He gets the runaround for quite a while before he realizes that
he is being set up. It was quite an interesting mystery, that degenerates
into chase scenes once he figures this out. He and his White House
attaché find out who has set them up, then make their way into the
White House by the underground passages to confront him, and to save the
president from resigning.
The motive for the murder is just to get the president to resign.
Nothing more. For there is a crisis in Korea, where US troops have
been left behind. It's nice to have a simple motive for once, but
it would be nice if it didn't come out of left field.
The real meat of the story, though, is the murder itself.
There are a number of cleverly hidden false leads, and we are as confused
as the detective is by them until he figures it out. But the video
where they figure it out is a little too subtle. Do they know exactly
what every one of the 31 people in the White House at the time of the murder
looks like, enough to see him on a full length video tape?
The acting was decent, though not great. The movie itself
was neat, though little more than that.