Written by Mattson Tomlin, ‘Project Power‘ is an action thriller directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It was made by Screen Arcade and Screen Arcade, being distributed through Netflix.
In New Orleans, a new drug called Powers begins to hit the streets. One hit and it gives you superpowers for five minutes or it can kill you. Police detective Frank Shaver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is using one of his snitches, the teenaged Robin Reilly (Dominique Fishback) to get his own pills to fight the users and try to stop them before they tear the city apart. Art (Jamie Foxx) is also looking for the source of the drug as well. His daughter Tracy (Kyanna Simone Simpson) was kidnapped by Biggie (Rodrigo Santoro) and Gardner (Amy Landecker) who have created Power. They want to use New Orleans as a testing ground to sell on the black market. Soon, Art, Tracy, and Frank find themselves in a race to stop Power before it’s too late.
I want to praise the cast. Jamie Foxx, Dominique Fishback, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are all excellent in this film. They bring their characters to life and convey their emotions in distinct ways. Their on-screen chemistry is also ever present and demonstrates how talented each of they are as actors.
Now, I did find this movie very enjoyable. Trust me, it was nothing mindblowing or game-changing, but it is thrilling with lots of impressive action to watch from beginning to end. It moved at a steady pace and did not overstay its welcome. As far as story, Art’s quest to find his daughter is touching and it brings an emotional touch to the plot.
Some of the special effects from the transformations are a bit lacking. You could tell it was some intense CGI work, but a few times it did not seem complete. That being said, the action is pretty cool to watch unfold. There a lot of cool battles and explosions within the story that sprinkle plenty of excitement into the story. It was also cool to see an action film take place in New Orleans. Usually, this type of genre happens on the East Coast and West Coast.
Bottom line, Project Power is a fun and exciting film that will give you plenty of thrills and fun. Its stars deliver all of the acting talent you could want and all of the action will keep you invested into the plot.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong bloody violence, Strong foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: You’re the lookout. It’s an important role.
Check out the trailer below:
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