Somewhere along the way something misfired. What started out as an ingenious, imaginative sci-fi premise developed into a confusing maze of cloudy characters, motivations and events in its development.

Somewhere along the way something misfired. What started out as an ingenious, imaginative sci-fi premise developed into a confusing maze of cloudy characters, motivations and events in its development.

George Pal production carries plenty of suspense as audience hopefully awaits a logical conclusion, but in final wrapup the spectator is left wondering what it’s all about.

Screenplay, based on the Frank M. Robinson novel, is set among a group of scientists engaged in human endurance research. It is discovered that one among them has a super-intelligence, possibly a mind of the next evolution, so strong it controls the others’ minds. As murder starts, George Hamilton, one of the scientists, undertakes to learn the identity of The Power, while himself a suspect by the police.

Byron Haskin’s direction is limited by script but he manages tension as yarn builds to its finale. Hamilton is okay in his role and Suzanne Pleshette, in part of his geneticist girlfriend, is easy on the eye. Balance of cast are as good as roles will allow.

The Power

Production

M-G-M. Director Byron Haskin; Producer George Pal; Screenplay John Gay; Camera Ellsworth Fredricks; Editor Thomas J. McCarthy; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director George W. Davis, Merrill Pye

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 108 MIN.

With

George Hamilton Suzanne Pleshette Richard Carlson Yvonne De Carlo Earl Holliman Arthur O'Connell
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