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Project Power (2020)

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When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local cop must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation.

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Mattson Tomlin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Art
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Frank
Dominique Fishback ... Robin
Rodrigo Santoro ... Biggie
Courtney B. Vance ... Captain Craine
Amy Landecker ... Gardner
Machine Gun Kelly ... Newt (as Colson Baker)
Tait Fletcher ... Wallace
Allen Maldonado ... Landry
Andrene Ward-Hammond ... Irene
Kyanna Simone Simpson ... Tracy (as Kyanna Simpson)
C.J. LeBlanc ... Miggs (as CJ LeBlanc)
CG Lewis ... Tommy
Joseph Poliquin ... Indo
Jazzy De Lisser ... Candy aka Frozen Woman
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Storyline

On the streets of New Orleans, word begins to spread about a mysterious new pill that unlocks superpowers unique to each user. The catch: You don't know what will happen until you take it. While some develop bulletproof skin, invisibility, and super strength, others exhibit a deadlier reaction. But when the pill escalates crime within the city to dangerous levels, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to fight power with power and risk taking the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it. Written by Netflix

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What would you risk for 5 minutes of pure power?


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Rated R for violence, bloody images, drug content and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dominique Fishback who played Robin, a high school kid, was twenty-nine years old when the movie was released and a university graduate. See more »

Goofs

Art talks about one particular shrimp with powerful arms that move so fast, they vaporize the water around it. He says it is the Pistol Shrimp, but that's actually the Mantis Shrimp. See more »

Quotes

Robin: On the streets, they're talking about it. But they don't talk about how one hit could kill you.
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Gotta Lotta
Written by Lil' Wayne (as Dwayne Carter), Antonio Nunzio Catania (as Antonio Catania), 2 Chainz (as Tauheed Epps), Mannie Fresh (as Byron Thomas) and Scatman John (as John Larkin)
Performed by 2 Chainz featuring Lil' Wayne
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings/Cash Money Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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In a summer of no blockbusters, Project Power is a flashy if ironically under-powered diversion.
14 August 2020 | by nsharath009See all my reviews

From the genetic mutation of the X-Men, to the radioactive spider-bite of Spider-Man, to the cosmic blast absorbed by the Fantastic Four, the moment superheroes receive their powers on page or screen tends to be an irrevocable, life-altering event that forever changes their very DNA. Not so in Project Power. Netflix's action-thriller offers an intriguing tweak to the superhero mythos - here, those who take a 'Power' pill are gifted supernatural abilities for just five minutes per hit and they don't know what hidden ability they hold until they take one.

Despite finding a fresh angle on one of cinema's most oversaturated genres, Project Power never fully capitalises on that potential. Like the streaming service's other summer genre exercise The Old Guard, its hooky premise is trapped in a generic plot involving a shadowy organisation led by a cabal of boring baddies.

Project Power has considerable style yet a disappointing lack of substance - but an attention-grabbing performance from Dominique Fishback and an intriguing twist on superpowers give it just enough juice.


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English

Release Date:

14 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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