Mike D'Angelo
August 15, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In their mad dash to get Shadow Conspiracy into theaters before the similar Absolute Power, Charlie Sheen & Co. neglected to pack a few items, namely a credible plot, fascinating characters, narrative momentum, emotional complexity, excitement, suspense, intrigue, passion, wit, sex appeal, and — oh, yeah — a point. This is the kind of turkey in which dastardly government officials (could Sheen’s friendly mentor Donald Sutherland be involved?) carefully record their murders in computer databases that boot unauthorized users off the system ”in two minutes.” The clumsy video cropping adds injury to insult, but not even a screen eight miles wide could save this pathetic White House ”thriller.” D

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