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Project Power (2020) Movie Review - What's Your Power?

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Sometimes she "binge-watches" movies and shares her thoughts about them.

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Project Power is a crime, action, and science-fiction 2020 movie starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Rodrigo Santoro, and Courtney B. Vance.

It was produced by the legendary Eric Newman who has worked on several movie productions with Netflix. The film was directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, a pair that likes to work on paranormal movies.

The Characters

The Major or Art is was among the first test subjects of Project Power and he got abilities from the experiments, that he probably passed to his daughter, Tracy. Robin is a street dealer of the Power pill trying to reach her dreams of being a rapper.

Biggie is the villain of the movie and out to mess up the town with the power pills, determined to get rid of anyone who threatens to get in his way. He works with Gardner, the head of Project Power, and other men in suits.

Detective Frank Shaver uses his bulletproof ability activated by the pill to do his job and help Art and Robin in the hunt for the source of the pill.

Power to create chaos. Power to negotiate your reality.

Project Power Plot

A certain drug leaked in town is creating havoc all over with news reports about the negative impact of the shiny pill. It gives people superhuman abilities derived from various animals such as pistol shrimp and armadillo.

A teen, ex-soldier, and a police officer cross paths in New Orleans caught up in a similar task of finding the people behind a superpower pill, and each is in the pursuit of the said pill for different reasons.

Robin, a teenage girl facing some trouble at school is thrown out of class and has to keep up with the system while coping with hardships at home.

A cop has to fight enemies who have taken the power pills and still maintain his integrity.

The major feels he has to work harder for the system that took advantage of him and made him lose his family.

Apparently, each person has a different reaction to the pill regarding the bodily transformation and the superhuman power enhanced. when someone takes the pill it reveals his unique power.

In the hands of bad guys, the pill is used to commit crimes. The law enforcers can also use the pill to their advantage to help them catch the bad guys who use the power pill since they would otherwise fail if they use ordinary means to catch them.

Major is looking for Biggie and encounters hurdles along the way. He kidnaps Robin, but then again their fates align as they find out that they can be helpful to each other. They are looking for the course of the magic pill, known as power.

In the wake of this pill, it's possible to forget that you can find your power without it. It is addictive and also can be fatal.

Stop wishing. Start doing. Find your power.

Analysis

Project Power is packed with humor amid the action and some horrifying scenes. One scene that got to me is the ironic moment when Robin's teacher, after throwing her out of class states, "there's no magic pill to this."

Do you ever get bored with cliched phrases that have been repeated so much in movies that they lack the appeal intended?

Project Power has such a phrase that threw me off the pedestal I was carrying it to.

"That's a movie. This is real life."

This statement is redundant and the movie would have been much better without it. The statement was made after an allusion to the Frozen anime since a minor character had "frozen woman power.".

I enjoyed watching the friendship between three unlikely people blossoming in a way that they were like family at the end of the movie. A lot of music is incorporated in Project Power, which is not just background soundtracks but actually very relevant to the storytelling.

For instance, Robin raps about "power" and in time you will realize her lyrics can apply to the pill. You can see that indeed the pill sends the users into manic episodes, and she raps:

Better watch your back, I am a maniac.

My word is my power

Also, heavy themes crop up in Project Power including revenge, racism, gender, and power as a social construct. Power returns to people who already have it, as seen by the desperate quests that ordinary people hunt for the source of the pill.

The issue of racism and gender is expressed by Art's words to Robin and the unique struggles she faces.

You're young, you're Black, You're a woman. The system is designed to swallow you whole. You gotta find what you do better than anybody else and rock that.

I give this movie a rating of 4 out of 5. The actors give outstanding performances. It is poetic and the music is really fitting for the movie as well. It is just a few instances that the movie itself reminded me that I am watching a movie that was a no-no from me. Also, the teen protagonist was very inspiring.

I would recommend this movie to people 16 years and above, with no neurological issues as the movie's graphics can be a trigger for some. If you like science-fiction, music (especially hip-hop), and conspiracy stories about some secret labs and research, you will enjoy this movie.

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