REVIEW - PROJECT POWER
Updated: Jan 20
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 An enjoyable superhero/sci-fi action thriller that unfortunately becomes less memorable with every passing minute. Jamie Foxx is great bringing his natural charisma to the role and continues to show adept he is at fight choreography in some of Project Power’s best moments. Joseph Gordon Levitt is good also, if not slightly miscast as a boy scout New Orleans detective who eventually aids Foxx's character with his mission. Dominique Fishback is excellent and brings her own level of fun and youthful exuberance to her character and helps carry the film. The main antagonists are weak and do nothing of any importance other than to serve a generic story.
The concept behind Project Power is intriguing, but the film becomes aimless and ends on such a flat note it turns into a wasted opportunity for a film that showed so much promise in its trailers.
Never in time have we as an audience been so ladened with super-hero movies and TV shows. However, the more we’re exposed to these super-hero offerings the easier it becomes to separate the wheat from the chaff. Project Power, unfortunately, falls in the latter category. That being said, Project Power's cinematography is visually on point, as well as boasting solid frenetic direction with some impressive set piece action. This is a considerable big step for Paranormal Activity directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. Unfortunately with a story this empty they'll no doubt be a Project Power TV series to fill in the gaps the film has left.