Director: Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Colson Baker, Rodrigo Santoro, Amy Landecker, Allen Maldonado
When I first saw the trailer for Netflix’s Project Power, I was surprised to see the cast consisting of Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon Levitt.
The award-winning actors coming together in an action thriller film? I just knew I had to watch it.
Netflix’s previous action films have had shaky reviews.
(I’m talking about Extraction which was boring and that yellow filter was painful to watch).
So, I watched Project Power with low expectations.
Action films can become quite boring and predictable.
But I was pleasantly surprised.
Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a New Orleans cop, DC Frank Shaver who will do whatever it takes to protect his city.
Along with Jamie Foxx who plays a former ex-soldier called the Major and Dominique Fishback who plays a street-smart teen Robin Reilly.
They make a really bad-ass trio as they hunt for the source behind a dangerous new pill.
Netflix has undoubtedly created a great action film
The exceptionally talented cast and unique plot gave it an edge from other action films.
Here is a world where popping an bio-engineered illuminated pill can give you a random superpower for five minutes.
That time limitation had me at the edge of my leather sofa.
Project Power is full of perfectly executed stunts and amazing CGI (which almost looks a bit too realistic).
The script was incredibly well-written.
Each character had emotional depth.
The mini twists gave the film depth and honestly? I was blown away by the end.
Project Power also touched on some important topics
For me, this film was not only an action thriller.
Project Power also contained a level of social commentary.
While it may not be obvious at first, Project Power powerfully discussed issues surrounding drug abuse in poor areas and police corruption.
That’s what makes this film way more Project Powerf-ful (did you see what I did there?)
Project Power could’ve worked better as a TV series
I would’ve loved to see this film as a short TV series drama.
Something similar to Luke Cage.
At some points in Project Power, it felt like they were cramming several storylines into one bit.
It was quite overwhelming to watch.
Also, some of the plots weren’t particularly explored in much detail.
I would’ve liked to learn more about DC Frank and Robin Reilly. I loved DC Frank’s relationship with Robin, it was sarcastic but sweet.
Could Netflix release another Project Power film?
Project Power has great potential to add another film to the series.
The film is well-written and the all-star cast did well to capture the essence of their roles.
The excellent CGI added an almost comic-like effect to the film.
The stunts kept my heart pumping and left me feeling wowed.
It is sure to be a hit with audiences.
After watching, I demand Netflix get started on another film because I want to know more!
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