Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.
On the docket today, the new Netflix Original film Project Power.
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.
Thank you to Netflix for the opportunity to review this film.
I had some high hopes for this film. I love some Jamie Foxx and pairing him with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and having it an action film, I was all in just on the poster alone.
Netflix has this run of what I like to call “Popcorn flicks”, which are action films that have action and very little substance. We saw that with Extraction, Spencer Confidential, and even a little bit in Love Birds. So, I was hoping that Project Power would provide a little bit of both.
We get our first interaction early on with the “pill” as Art (Jamie Foxx) goes to find the supplier but finds a man absorbed by the pill instead. The interaction here was strange because as we see Art fighting a man on fire, he doesn’t catch fire himself? Also, the explosion scene was horrendous.
From that moment on, this film was a ton of fun, kicking it off with this fantastic chase scene which was shot well, paying attention to detail that made it work so well. I love the setting the alarm by Frank (JGL) when he took the pill as we understand that the pill only lasts five minutes. While I had a few issues with the hand to hand combat at times, but other than that, the action was a whole lot of fun in this.
Transition into the star of the show, no not Jamie Foxx or JGL, I am talking about Dominique Fishback. Her personality popped from go, and mixing in the rapping and her top-notch acting, she stole the show every time she was on the screen. It was a delight to see her in a prominent role in the film, and I can’t wait to see more from her in the future.
The storytelling was wonderful in this when we get to the meat of the film. Joost/Schulman does a great job of layering what the method being why Art needed to get to the bottom of everything, as well as giving us Frank’s motives as well. They did a remarkable job of bringing this bad boy together in the end. They did a great job of tieing up the loose ends, showcasing their star power during this, and hammering home the importance of our objective.
Project Power is the popcorn flick of the summer. It’s packed with a good script, good acting, and well-timed action.
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