Project Power: Movie Review

With a heavy dose of managed expectations, "Project Power" has all the action and thrills to make it a passable film to watch just to pass the time away . But as expected, it doesn't pull any punches to stand out and be extraordinary.

A new experimental drug is on the loose around New Orleans. As rumors spread of people having displaying uncanny powers like bulletproof skin, invisibility, speed, and super strength, it is obvious that whatever is happening in the city is connected to the illegal drug called "Power". One of the dealers of this drug is a young teenage girl named Robin (Dominique Fishback) who is suddenly kidnapped by a mysterious man named Art who has a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) against a man called Biggie whom he claims kidnapped his young daughter and is the head of the people behind "Power". But a young police man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has conflicting reports about Art marking him as a dangerous man instead. Who is telling the truth and who is truly behind the madness?
Everything about "Project Power" just came out as generic. The premise was generic and it never evolves to anything special. The villains even more so. The film actually lacks a solid main antagonist with possible bad guys turning out to be fall guys instead. Once everything was revealed it just fell through miserably. The film tries to put some mystery into its characters like Jamie Foxx's character of Art - basically if he is really telling the truth about his background - but it was pretty obvious which one was which. In fact, the film had some serious problems developing its characters to the point we really didn't connect with them at all. But as an action film, the film did salvage the experience. The powers themselves were great and the concept of it lasting only for 5 minutes brought in some freshness into the idea of superpowers and added great action sequences. The visual effects also came through quite well. But the real conundrum is if "Project Power" was able to scratch that blockbuster itch. And the quick answer is no. While it may have great action, it still felt extremely average overall.
Rating: 2 and a half reels

Why you should watch it:
- the visual effects were great
- the action works well with its concept of 5-minute long superpowers

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- this is as generic and average as you can get
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