Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback
Running Time: 111 minutes
Release Date: Friday, August 14, 2020 (Netflix)
| Film Synopsis |
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 (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it.
| Review |
Summary (out of 5)
What if you could have superpowers? Everybody wishes they had a superpower at some point in their lives. What if there was an illegal street drug that could make that happen, but only briefly. Co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Nerve) bring you PROJECT POWER.
The film has three main characters. One is teenager Robin (Dominique Fishback) who's a gifted budding rapper but sells the drugs to make money to care for her ill mother.
For NOPD cop Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), he wants to find her distributor. But he also uses the drug himself to level the playing field with criminals.
And lastly there is Art (Jamie Foxx), a former soldier who has a past bad history with the drug and now likewise wants to find the distributor in order to locate and rescue his kidnapped teenage daughter.
PROJECT POWER might not have fared well in the theaters, but it is a perfect Netflix movie to watch from home. It drags a bit in the middle, but it is still filled with some crazy superhero powers. As our characters chase each other, each believing the other is somehow involved in the big conspiracy to bring the pill to the city, and then team up to chase the real bad guys. The action sequences themselves aren’t special but are fun to watch. Jamie Foxx does a fantastic job in his performance. I can see a franchise coming out of this if it's received well. On a note side, the script is penned by co-writer Mattson Tomlin, who also has written the upcoming Matt Reeves's film " The Batman".