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Project Power (2020)

Project Power (2020)


Jamie Foxx
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Dominique Fishback

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Project Power is a Netflix movie that does not aim high enough to make you go WOW!!! Nor is the movie that bad that you will turn it off. The movie is a standard 5/10 and does not try to be more. The movie is a basically superhero movie poorly written by Mattson Tomlin, who also happens to be on the writing board for the upcoming The Batman movie. The movie had so much potential from the start, but then just gave up.
One of the biggest let down in the movie for me is the writing and directing. The movie felt like I was watching something from the middle and there was a huge chunk of the beginning missing. They tried to fill the gap with flashbacks and The Major (Jamie Foxx) giving us a back story to what led to the power pill, but it did not work. I kept feeling the beginning of the movie was missing.

The movie first introduces us to the pill, which after taking it gives you superpowers for just five minutes. The makers of the pill were giving it to drug dealers for free, they were to distribute them as they please. Soon the city of New Orleans had cases of people with superpowers doing weird things, some were invisible, some invincible and most were criminals, using the drug to commit crime.
We then meet Robin (Dominique Fishback) who is a dealer of this drug and during a sale she almost got into trouble was was rescued by an officer named Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who only saved her because he wanted to buy the pill.

We then meet The Major who is hell bent to stop the distribution of this pill and he kidnaps Robin to help him get to the boss.

The movie tries too hard to pull on your emotional strings to the point that it gets annoying. Also can someone explain to me, how Robin and Major were able to have an emotional connection?
Major kidnaps Robin and gets her almost killed in his hunt for the head of the people distributing the pill. During this, she is scared and wants to get away from him. He gets hurt and that’s her chance to be free and she gets attached. This happened so fast I started to feel like there was something missing again.

Acting wise the movie does have Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, so the acting in the movie was ok, but the movie has so many places where it just feels like, you have missed something. Even when Frank and his captain connected, it was so easy I was like, “...again have I missed something.”

You can catch this movie on Netflix and since there is a lack of good movie these days, a movie that does not make you turn off the screen is passable.


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