Project Power is the new scourge to flood the streets of New Orleans. It is the underground development of a pill that taps into and releases your very own superpower. But there's a catch, the pills are far from perfect. Everyone has their own superpower and the pill does not provide any specific power. Plus, your power will only last for five minutes. On top of that, the Project Power pill is highly unstable. You could die from the first hit or risk death if you take too many. Yet, this does not seem to put the people of New Orleans off.
So why has it only appeared in New Orleans? Well, the developers of the Project Power pill, Teleios, are using the people of New Orleans to develop it further. Teleios will stop at nothing to control the distribution of the power pill. Or to find ways to improve it. One such way is by using a young girl, Tracy.
She has developed natural superpowers, so Teleios has abducted her and is using her as a lab rat to find out how. But her father Art, an ex-special ops soldier and one of the original subjects of the Project Power project will also stop at nothing to find his daughter. With the assistance of a suspended cop and a young girl with connections to the Project Power cartel, can Art, also known as ‘the Major' get his daughter back? And can they stop Project Power?
It's fair to say that Netflix has been hitting us with some very impressive films recently. I mean, you have to admit, The Irishman, The Two Popes, and even Extraction are very impressive films. Now, I am not saying that Project Power is quite as good as these Netflix Originals. But it's not shabby by any means. Directors Ariel Schuman and Henry Joost, are most famous for the paranormal activity films.
But Project Power has much more of the feel and look of their 2016 film Nerve. In fact, with the budget that they had, they do a fantastic job. For me, they may have added some unnecessary brutal scenes. Like focusing directly on an innocent woman who has taken the Project Power pill, slowly and agonizingly freezing to death. The scene does have the impact that it set out to achieve though.
On top of the great direction, the premise is clever too. To be fair, the whole concept of Project Power feels like it would have been based on a science fiction novel. But, Project Power is a completely original idea from the American screenwriter Mattson Tomlin. Yes, there are huge elements that are pulled from other movies. For instance, the five-minute countdown feels like it is taken straight out of The Equalizer movies. Then the whole thing can't help but feel like a re-hash of the x-men idea. But to be fair, the whole idea of a corrupt corporation dealing the drug to the masses on the streets gives it a dark realism. A realism that is easily a powerful reflection of the scourge of drugs in the world today.
The cast boasts an Oscar Winner in Jamie Foxx. Plus, his co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the most respected acting talents around today. So, the production team did well to get these guys as I am sure that Project Power would be nowhere near as good if it was not for the strong lead cast.
I know, that sounds harsh, but it's true. Jamie Foxx has real screen presence, cast as Art or ‘the Major'. This is not a challenging role for Foxx, so he eases into the part perfectly and oozes bags of character on screen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is excellent and really has fun with this role as Detective Frank Shaver. Plus he is genuinely funny, especially when he is mimicking Clint Eastwood's, Dirty Harry. The other strong performance comes from Dominique Fishback, who really shines here and it's fair to say that you can expect to see a lot more of her in the future. Without sounding too harsh, the rest of the cast give pretty standard performances.
There is a lot of hype around Project Power and I can see why. Netflix has done it again, Project Power is a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience. In fact, there is so much that can be done with the idea, that I would safely bet on another film or a spin-off series pretty darn soon. And I know, I will be ready to watch it if they do.