Review: Project Power (15)

Arnojya Shree reviews Netflix's newest super-powered offering

Arnojya Shree
16th August 2020
Are you bored with the inaction in your life? Do you want to get amped up in your chair at home? Do you want two hours packed with adrenaline rush back-to-back? Great! Project Power has your back then.

The film is literally packed so much adventure that it refuses to give you time to sober up between its action sequences. Yet, at the same time, the narrative is pretty substantial and involves topics like drugs, teenagers, corrupt government and a team of three dashing people fighting their war against the world!

Project Power is the brand-new Netflix film directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the duo behind Nerve (2016). The main stars of this action-packed, thrilling adventure are Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained, Baby Driver) as Art, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) as Frank and Dominique Fishback (The Hate U Give, The Deuce) as Robin. The film portrays Robin as a teen-school girl dealing with the drugs and maintains the boundaries by keeping it safe for watching purposes.

Blatantly realistic, the film revolves around Art - an ex-soldier - taking the help of Frank - an NOPD cop - and Robin to find out his daughter and reach the people behind the spread of a genetics-modifying pill, which provides superpowers for a few minutes. The film has a fantastic supporting cast with Rodrigo Santoro (Westworld, Love Actually) as Biggie and Machine Gun Kelly (Nerve, Bird Box) as Newt. Although their appearances are short, the actors own the screen when they take over, never letting the spotlight off them.

Yet in all its grotesque glory, the film feels like a light watch

The film has exceptional cinematography with absolutely stunning colours blasting in your face, multiple slow-motion sequences, yet explicit violent scenes mirroring the grave narrative of the film. Even with hefty topics, the film, however, doesn’t feel too severe and weigh much on your consciousness. Yet in all its grotesque glory, the film feels like a light watch, just perfect for a weekend.

At the same time, it maintains the balance by reminding the viewers about the dangerous situations which plague our everyday life. Most importantly, the film points towards an absolutely corrupt system which gives more power to the powerful and turns indifferent against those who are different – a little too prevalent trend and relatable to our own realities.

Rating: 3/5

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