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Say it with me -- Power corrupts

September 26, 2006|by DARCY SHULL

When Willie Stark, mayor of a small town in Louisiana, decides to run for governor, he is, at first, the ideal leader for his people. His passionate speeches about improvement and new beginnings are exactly what the residents of rural Louisiana want to hear. Thus, Willie Stark is elected governor of Louisiana.

He starts off with great success, although the city folks aren't at all happy with him. And as he gains more and more political power, Willie starts to make numerous promises that he can't keep. He begins using the state's money on frivolous things and bending laws to suit himself.

Eventually, he becomes as bad as the politicians he once campaigned against for ruining the state.

I thought that this movie was interesting, although I'm not very much into politics. It was a little confusing at some points and it seemed long, at 2 hours and 15 minutes. Sean Penn was phenomenal as Willie Stark, and he is one of my favorite actors, so that made the movie better in my opinion.

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Overall, it was a fascinating film, and definitely proved that sometimes, when people (especially politicians) realize exactly how much power they possess, they can be corrupted by it and then lose sight of their original goals.

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