What to watch: Project Power

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 Former soldier Art
(Jamie Foxx) needs the
help of drug dealer Robin
(Dominique Fishback) to
find his daughter in Project Power. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)
Former soldier Art (Jamie Foxx) needs the help of drug dealer Robin (Dominique Fishback) to find his daughter in Project Power. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a cop using an illegal
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a cop using an illegal drug to fight criminals. (PHOTO: NETFLIX)

Rating: 3/5

Sci-fi action.

It’s early morning and a freighter docks in the New Orleans harbour. A middleman, Biggie (Rodrigo Santoro from 300), oversees the unloading of crates full of pills, which he offers to a group of “young entrepreneurs” for distribution.

Among them is Newt (Colson Baker, aka rapper Machine Gun Kelly) and teenager Robin (Dominique Fishback), who’s desperately trying to pay her mom’s medical bills.

The illicit drug, called Power, bestows superpowers on whoever takes it. You can be anything from bulletproof to invisible or elastic – but only for five minutes. And in some cases, the pill can be deadly.

Robin forms an alliance with policeman Frank Shaver (Inception’s Joseph GordonLevitt) who takes the pills to give him the upper handover criminals. But she finds herself in deep trouble when she crosses paths with former soldier Art (Jamie Foxx), who has a history of taking Power and is tracking down his daughter’s kidnappers.

Mattson Tomlin, co-writer of the new Batman movie featuring Robert Pattinson, wrote the script. Though many critics have complained about the unoriginality of the premise, comparing it to Limitless (2011), Gordon-Levitt, Foxx and Fishback are its highlights. The latter manages to steal many scenes as the fearless Robin.

There’s plenty of action, while generous doses of humour provide welcome escapism from the pandemic. – LARA ATSON

2020. 113 MIN. 16.

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