A soldier works to stop the spread of a new street drug that
gives the user five minutes of unpredictable superpowers.
Project Power (2020)
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Written by Mattson Tomlin
Starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro, Courtney B. Vance, Amy Landecker,
Kyanna Simone Simpson, Machine Gun Kelly
2020 hasn't exactly been the year of instant classics. A lot has been pulled from release and postponed indefinitely, which means streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are the only places where movie junkies like me can get their fix of new stuff. With that knowledge, the pickings are still pretty slim. There's the big stuff like Borat 2 and The Trial of the Chicago 7, but there's a ton of lesser known stuff like Project Power that's worth checking out too. This flick is a cool action movie with a great cast and a creative premise that isn't wasted, though it might be a bit underwhelming.
A new drug is taking New Orleans by storm. It's a pill called "power," and one hit gives you five minutes of random superpowers. Some people become bulletproof, others become invisible, and so on. Some people just explode because their body can't take it. One man, ex-soldier Art (Foxx), is on a mission to destroy this drug because the manufacturers made it from his kidnapped daughter's DNA. He teams up with street-savvy cop Frank (Gordon-Levitt) and local reluctant dealer Robin (Fishback) to stop the operation, which is headed up by a defense contractor. The cast has killer chemistry and the visuals are quite stunning, making this one a pretty decent watch.
Project Power is a character-driven movie for sure, and you can tell the writer and directors put a lot of heart into it. It sounds like manufactured shlock, but the movie has a lot of emotional heft and cool moments. If you're into action/sci-fi, this one is right up your alley. It's like The Incredibles meets Miami Vice.