Project Power

An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop collide in New Orleans as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary superpowers.

Year: 2020
Certificate: 15
Runtime: 1hr 53m
Director: Henry JoostAriel Schulman
Starring: Jamie FoxxJoseph Gordon-LevittDominique FishbackRodrigo SantoroCourtney B. VanceAmy LandeckerMachine Gun KellyTait FletcherAllen MaldonadoAndrene Ward-Hammond

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On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch? You don’t know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop Frank Shaver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with teenage dealer Robin Reilly (Dominique Fishback) and former soldier Art (Jamie Foxx) who is fuelled by a secret vendetta to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it.

“Project Power” has a very clear and distinctive message. This is a film not about superpowers but about the struggles that ordinary people face every single day. It is no coincidence the film is set in New Orleans. Somehow the entire film tries to make a deep social commentary on the state of BLM and while speaking about the shockwaves left in New Orleans after the catastrophic floods several years ago. Dominique Fishback portrays a realistic take on the struggles of a young girl growing up in absolute poverty with only a glimmer of hope left.

Ironically the main thrust to see the film judging by its trailer is to entice curiosity. This is the same hook that is used on all the addicts in the film. They need to know what their hidden power it too. What is your power? That is how the movie draws us in. What is your potential? Now obviously there are the more common powers to choose from flight, super strength, super speed, but “Project Power” longs to dig a little deeper than that, it wants to be more ambitious with its choices, leading to many of the easy superpowers to be nothing more than footnotes. Even after this fact “Project Power” is surprisingly controlled with its use of the drugs and showing the users’ abilities.  As usual, the downfall of “Project Power” is the same as all superhero films: the villains. These are all without character or storyline. A room full of thugs in various degrees of difficulty. This follows to another slightly harder room full of goons. It’s a small objection to a film that is more about rapping than it is about capes.

I haven’t watched any other films by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman so I don’t know if it’s a trait of theirs but they used some really interesting camera angles and chose to zoom in and out at various points which added to the overall feel of the film, I also liked the unusual choice of a bright background colours rather than the usual dark settings of films of the genre.

Overall, whilst “Project Power” won’t be winning any Oscars, it was a really enjoyable film that gives a new take on superpowers.

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8 thoughts on “Project Power

  1. I liked it. Visually it did something pretty outstanding with the CBM genre. I liked the crime focus too with the powers being more a part of that world than the entire focus.

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