“No one man should have all that power
The clock’s ticking’, I just count the hours
Stop tripping’, I’m tripping’ off the power
(21st century schizoid man)” Kanye West, POWER
What do you think your superpower is? How would it manifest if you could take a pill and use it for five minutes? Would it explode into something magnificent and beneficial, or would it literally implode and destroy you in the process? These are questions that are answered for some, good and bad, in the new Netflix film PROJECT POWER which debuts this Friday.
The movie follows three main characters: Robin (Dominique Fishback), a teen attempting to come into her own and drug dealer who sells Power even to cops like Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who utilizes the drug to fight crime in his city, and The Major (Jamie Foxx) a veteran who is on a search to find the source of Power and right a past wrong.
Shot on location in New Orleans, Project Power uses the fantasy genre and stunning visuals to highlight issues varying from economic inequality to the impact of drug abuse. It also shines a light on family dynamics – and what a person will do to help and save a loved one in distress.
All three leads are impressive, but to me it was Fishback who’s the standout in this one. She holds her own against two heavyweights, while displaying great versatility as the street-savvy teen with the deft rapping skills.
I also enjoyed watching the chemistry on screen between both Foxx and Fishback, whose relationship comes across as more father and daughter than anything.
During the AAFCA virtual roundtable last week, we sat with the aforementioned and chatted about the film and their experiences on set. Even in the brief time I spoke, it was easy to note the chemistry and mutual admiration that both Jamie and Dominique had for each other.
Project Power has something for everyone that’s in to the action, fantasy, and/or thriller genres and with a 1:53 running time it is an engaging and easy watch. With its hard-hitting action scenes, great visuals and messaging, and the dynamic performances of all three leads, I give the film 4 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
PROJECT POWER debuts on Netflix Friday, August 14.
Until next thought, Thomasena