The Valero Verdict: Project Power


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.

The Verdict:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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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