Streaming now on Netflix
We have all at one point wondered what a world with superpowers would be like. Would it be a battle between good and bad like X-Men or would it be a dystopian world like the Watchmen? Joining these fantasy worlds comes Project Power with yet another take on a superpower universe. Robin (Dominique Fishback) is a young teen who is venturing into the world of drug dealing so that her mom gets the required medical treatment. She is dealing Power, which can grant you five minutes of superpowers. Frank Shaver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works with her to bring down the cartel that is spreading this new drug in town while Art (Jamie Foxx), who is trying to find the source of the drug, abducts Robin.
With great power comes greater variety
The specialty of the Power drug is that you never know what superpower it will give you. It can be something cool like camouflage or self-healing or destructive like lava. The only question is whether that is a risk you are willing to take. When talking about pills and powers, you might be reminded of ‘Limitless‘ but Project Power is nothing like that. Here, the pills are in the hands of drug junkies and they use the power to commit more crimes.
Netflix hits gold with the trio
Apart from a great concept, one of the better things about Project Power is the trio of Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dominique Fishback. They come together under the strangest circumstances and we will not be complaining if there happens to be a sequel with all three of them back together. They work well with their strengths and weaknesses that complement each other.
The movie could have used a power boost
While we cannot fault the concept of the movie and the way they have handled all the characters, we can complain about its handling. The movie was one power punch away from groundbreaking. It was trying to be different from other superhero movies but fell into the third act trap. The finale could have used more of the storytelling that was seen throughout the movie.
WATCH OR NOT:
If you love superhero movies and are itching to see something new in that genre, you should watch Project Power. There are some epic chase sequences that will definitely keep your eyes glued to the screen.
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Writer: Mattson Tomlin
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro
Streaming on: Netflix