Review: Project Power
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A new pill is being sold around New Orleans that gives each person very unpredictable super powers...or sometimes they just explode. Detective Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has been tracking it low key for a while, and works with a teenage dealer, Robin (Dominique Fishback) to help get it off the streets. Meanwhile, Art (Jamie Foxx) known as "Major" is also after the source of the pill for very personal reasons, and when he kidnaps Robin looking for a lead, the three begin working together.
I ended up liking this a lot more than I was expecting - mostly because when I see "Netflix action movie" I immediately think garbage. But while this film is far from perfect, I found most of it pretty enjoyable. It definitely takes the easy way out with the villains, who might as well be blurred out suits that speak in Charlie Brown Adult voices because they're all exactly the same and have zero depth to them. Thankfully our three leads have the chemistry to make the rest of the movie bearable.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is my favorite actor, so of course I enjoyed him here. His character has some pretty cringey "This is my city!" dialogue I didn't care for but it was fun to see him kicking ass and cracking a few jokes here and there. Dominique Fishback was the star. She was wonderful and I liked how realistically she got herself out of tough situations. They could've turned her into a random super genius kid a few different times, but they didn't. Jamie Foxx doesn't play anything too out of the ordinary for him but he's always a solid actor. He had a bit of a "women in Michael Bay movie" thing going on here. When he should be realistically sweaty, dirty, and gross but instead is framed like he is the hottest thing you've ever seen. No complaints.
Overall, I liked the set up, but when it came to meet the conflict head on, I felt they dropped the ball a bit. They explain why the pill is a thing, and the nameless suits try to stop them. It's a bit boring, but overall I preferred this to say, Extraction. It's a fine streaming watch.
Memorable Quote: "Want to know what animal I got?" - Art (Jamie Foxx)