Movies & TV

Project Power

A Film Review

Just a quick note before you start reading. I have been working on this review for a couple of weeks. I’m at the stage where I just want to finish it. It hasn’t been my primary focus, but I find that every time I sit down to write about it, I have no idea what to say. It’s really hard to do a film review when you don’t know what to talk about. Nevertheless, I had a couple of jokes that were too good to waste and I hate leaving a project unfinished. This is far from my best work, but without further ado, I present my film review on Project Power.

This was the first movie I’ve watched in a little while. I don’t really know what to write about it. For an almost two hour film, it didn’t have a lot to say. It lacked heart and it lacked substance (pun slightly intended). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it well enough. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to just switch off and not think too much. Project Power was good for that. Minor spoilers ahead (duh).

The film is set in the city of New Orleans (shout out to Steve Gleason and Zion Williamson) and is based around a pill that gives you 5 minutes of a superpower. The superpower is unique to the user and is the same every time. So it won’t make you fly one time and give you super strength the next. You are stuck with what you get. I guess there had to be some sort of downside. That and your superpower could be instant death but don’t let that stop you. It doesn’t seem to deter many others from trying it.

Machine Gun Kelly stars as drug dealer Newt. I guess he is trying acting after Eminem murdered his rap career. Hopefully it works out better for him. I’m kidding, I just wanted to get that joke in! Whilst we are on the topic of rap, this film had a pretty solid soundtrack. Robin (played by Dominique Fishback) was spitting fire in her first scene, but in 2020 is Dwight Howard really the best NBA reference we could get? Surely there was a more relevant rhyme available. Anyway, Newt becomes one of the first dealers of the pill and gets his cousin Robin in on the selling.

A deal goes sideways for Robin and she finds herself at the mercy of some potential clients. Enter the ever handsome Joseph Gordon-Levitt, he plays police officer Frank Shaver. Turns out Frank doesn’t mind a bit of the “power” himself and is a regular customer of Robin’s. Shaver finds himself suspended after taking a pill to prevent a bank robbery. I’m not quite sure what Frank’s power was, but he could get shot in the head and not die. Very handy. His captain says that the powers that be said they should stop all investigations into the pill. He gives Shaver a picture of a man that they believe is responsible for the pill. Enter Jamie Foxx AKA Art AKA The Major.

After beating up Newt, Art links up with Robin and eventually Frank. I don’t want to spoil too much more of the story (was tempted to put that in quotation marks), but basically hijinks ensue. It has all the obvious twists and turns you expect from a Netflix original action film. Lack of original story aside, this was still a cool movie. I really liked the soundtrack, the effects were good and everyone played their role really well. I don’t really know what else to say about it, except to watch it if you want to chill out for a couple hours.

Just one more thought I have before I head off. What was up with The Major? I thought we’d eventually get around to his obsession with asking “am I lying?” but we never did. Did I miss something? What was his motivation for it? Maybe he just thought it sounded cool, like Jules in Pulp Fiction. No disrespect to the pistol shrimp but a) I’ve never heard of it and b) surely there was a cooler animal we could of used? It’s like the Dwight Howard reference, sure it’s fine, but we could of done better.

I don’t like giving numerical ratings for a film, I find you always trap yourself for future reviews. So I will just say that I liked it. It’s worth a watch if you’re bored or are sick of arguing with your partner about what to watch tonight.

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