‘Project Power’ Review


Project Power via Netflix.com

Arianne Cendon-Ruisanchez, Editor

Project Power, starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is a new Netflix Original film about supernatural beings. It aired on August 14th and saw ten straight days in the #1 position.

Directors Henry Joost’s and Arial Schulman’s latest film all about playing with human nature. The plot is set in New Orleans, where a shady Government defense contractor has developed a pill; a DNA based concentrate based off the characteristics of multiple animal species.

The man who swallows it gets super natural powers like bulletproof skin, bones that bend, invisibility, etc. However, there’s a catch! The effects of the pill are not guaranteed for every user and in some cases can cause death by explosion. If it does work effectively, the effects of the pill last a mere five minutes.

Robin (Dominique Fishback) is a school kid who becomes a dealer for the pill because she desperately seeks to finance her sick mother’s treatments. Frank Shaver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a detective who adores New Orleans and wants to save it from inhuman businessmen out to destroy it. Art (Jamie Foxx), is a disgruntled army officer, who also wants to break the demand-supply chain, and he has a personal reason for wanting this. He is searching for his daughter, who was kidnapped because of her unsurpassable genetics.

The trio keeps the film moving seamlessly, but the exchanges between Art and Robin are deeply touching, and their performances are brilliant.

Senior Valeria Pinzon thought the moments shared between Robin and Art gave the movie a whole new emotional appeal.

“I loved watching Robin bond with Art. In a way, I felt like she was relying on him as a father figure. It made me appreciate his character because he was always looking out for her,” said Pinzon.

Gordon-Levitt is deceiving the police force by popping one of the magic pills to combat crime. This is the only way, he feels, he can tame the villains—by getting on their level.

Unfortunately, the villains of the film were developed to a shallow extent. There wasn’t much information, nor screen time for them, excluding the thrill the movie so wishfully hoped to encompass.

Overall, it is a good way to spend 1 hour and 54 movies, but there are certainly better thriller movies to browse on Netflix.