By reading this sentence, you've already wasted too much of your time on this shoddy "erotic thriller."
Jon Price (Jason Gedrick) is an engineer at a Los Angeles radio station who wants to move behind the microphone. He gets his chance when the station's new owners hire shock jock Karlin Pickett (Eric Roberts). Pickett takes a liking to Price and makes him his on-air partner. Their crude show is an
immediate hit, and Pickett introduces his protege to such benefits of fame as casual sex with female fans.
The ratings skyrocket when Pickett prompts listeners to call in and confess to unpunished crimes they've committed. Things take a serious turn, however, when one caller confesses to an unsolved murder. And after a woman with whom Price had enjoyed a brief fling is murdered by the same caller,
incriminating evidence is found in Price's house. Price tracks the killer to his lair. It is Pickett, who has concocted an elaborate scheme to frame Price for an earlier murder he committed. In a struggle, Pickett falls to his death from a rooftop.
"The screenplay was written on Final Draft software," states the closing credits. One wonders if the preposition in that sentence isn't supposed to be "by"; POWER 98 is so lifeless and uninspired that it would hardly be surprising to learn it had been written by computer software. But even a
computer would have had the sense to include sufficient amounts of the exploitable elements--i.e., heavy-breathing nudity and a convoluted plot--that fans of this cheesy genre require. Instead, writer-director Jaime Hellman provides a paper-thin plot and uninteresting characters in front of the
cheapest-looking sets since the heyday of Ed Wood. Even the supposedly "raunchy" on-air antics of Pickett and Price are strictly PG stuff. Roberts sleepwalks through a duller version of his usual well-dressed psychotic, but Gedrick is astonishingly charmless. (Sexual situations, nudity, violence,profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: By reading this sentence, you've already wasted too much of your time on this shoddy "erotic thriller." Jon Price (Jason Gedrick) is an engineer at a Los Angeles radio station who wants to move behind the microphone. He gets his chance when the station's… (more)