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Netflix’s Project Power really just came and did that, huh? With a market oversaturated with formulaic superhero films that start to blend together, Project Power is a breath of fresh air, transporting us back to the superhero films of the early 2000s – full of ambition, grit, and cliché.

OPENING THOUGHTS:

DIRECTION:

From the directors of Paranormal Activity 3 and Nerve comes a hyperdrive version of a pre-Iron Man era Marvel film. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have this film overflowing with style, yet the more stylistic choices they make, the more incoherent some of the scenes become. A fantastic shot can quickly be overwhelmed by another choice meant to be “fantastic” but winds up hindering the scene as a whole for it. I can appreciate the effort the filmmakers put into filming this, and not knowing the budget given, I can completely understand some of the choices used to save a buck here and there such as a horrific ice accident that blocks out a majority of the action in one scene (if you know, you know). All in all, the directors clearly have a passion, but their unlimited confidence to push more and more “cool” shots into frame ultimately makes the final product worse for it.

PLOT:

Teenage characters can be a disaster if written poorly or performed subpar, but actor Dominique Fishback delivers a convincing performance of a young woman trying to get by and pay for her mother’s cancer treatments. She has a distinct personality to her, and she simulates what a woman in her situation would do, especially when encountering such mixed messages laid out by Jamie Foxx’s Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Frank. From Gordon-Levitt’s first scene, he had me convinced, and his presence on screen brings around a majority of the humor within; if only he and Foxx’s Art could have switched priorities. Art is an ex-marine who was tested back in the day with the drug “Power” and transferred the remains in his DNA to his daughter when she was born, leading her to be taken by the same organization that experimented on him in the first place. I cared for these characters, especially as we begin to unravel their individual stories that eventually intertwine around this drug. If there was a disappointment within the acting in the film, it’d have to be the underwhelming shoe-in of a villain, thrown in at the end of the film, which is something that seems to continue to happen time and time again in films today.

ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:

Teenage characters can be a disaster if written poorly or performed subpar, but actor Dominique Fishback delivers a convincing performance of a young woman trying to get by and pay for her mother’s cancer treatments. She has a distinct personality to her, she simulates what a woman in her situation would do especially when encountering such mixed messages laid out by Jamie Foxx’s Art and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Frank. From Gordon-Levitt’s first scene, he had be convinced, his presence of screen brings around a majority of the humor within, if only he and Foxx’s Art could have switched priorities. Art is an ex-marine who was tested back in the day with the drug “Power” and transferred the remains in his DNA to his daughter when she was born, leading her to be taken by the same organization that experimented on him in the first place. I cared for these characters, especially as we begin to unravel their individual stories that eventually intertwine around this drug. If there was a disappointment within the acting in the film, it’d have to be the underwhelming shoe-in of a villain, thrown in at the end of the film, something that seems to continue to happen time and time again in films today.

VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:

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 Published: 08.12.20

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            MPAA: R

              Genre: Action. Crime. Sci-Fi.

                                                                                                                                                                                         ... Full Of Ambition, Grit And Cliché

Visually remarkable for a Netflix film, you can tell they shelled out the cash to make this as memorable as possible. There are only a few standout drawbacks, including a superpower reminiscent of the laughably bad CGI in R.I.P.D.

     RELEASE: 08.14.20

Project Power (2020) | NETFLIX

MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:

We’ve been in a drought of memorable superhero scores since Hans Zimmer’s iconic compositions in The Dark Knight franchise, but thankfully the composer here, Joseph Trapenese, brings a similar Zimmer energy to his score. To say it as calmly as I can, this score rocked; I felt its passion, its action, and its drive to make me fully indulge into the scenarios playing out on screen. When the special effects couldn’t entirely pull me in with some of their faults, the sound effects did, making me fully invest myself into the action taking place and the powers being conveyed.

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

For many, Project Power just won’t click with them because it is littered with cliches and predictability, yet sometimes that’s okay to just gloss over. With a fascinating cast of characters, standout CGI, and a pretty fast paced nature, the near two hours flies by, and the sequel bait ending (which will mostly never come to fruition) will make you longing for more to their story.

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