When sheriff Barnum investigates the death of an elderly rural resident, he discovers a teenage grandson living in the basement. Raised by his grandparents, he has experienced the world only through books, never leaving the family farm. He is sent to a state home for boys where he has trouble fitting in socially. His odd appearance and unusual abilities cause the small town residents to fear and ridicule him. However, not all are afraid. Some begin to view his potential and gifts with wonderment. Written by
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During the hospital scene where Ripley confronts the Sheriff about the classroom incident, we hear a voice on the intercom paging "Dr. Tarantini", "Dr. McGreal", "Dr. Cain" and "Dr. Grodnik". Tom Tarantini and Sean Cain are both actors in the film, Mimi N. McGreal is a production assistant, and Daniel Grodnik is the film's producer. See more »
In the final confrontation with John, the button on his jeans are magnetically drawn to Jeremy, but the identical buttons on his denim jacket are somehow unaffected. See more »
Frustratingly follows an acute by-the-numbers fashion
There so many good things in this film, so many elements that come together (emotional, visceral and otherwise), that it's an outright shame "Powder" isn't a better picture. An albino youngster--psychic, telekinetic, and more brilliant than anyone on Earth--is found orphaned in a rural home and is brought out into the cold, cruel world for the first time in his life. Writer-director Victor Salva wrings every ounce of emotion from the tender scenes, but he lays the schoolyard bully stuff on mighty thick. The terrific finale is nearly overshadowed by the nasty events that precede it (which are not only puzzling, but overwrought). That's the trouble, I think: "Powder" is a careful, gentle, insightful, sincere little movie derailed every now and again by heavy-handedness, and a plot that follows every cliché down the path to predictability. Still in all, a moving finish, and all the acting is quite solid. **1/2 from ****
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