July 24, 2021

‘Project Power’ features Jamie Foxx in a fast-paced mashup

One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you burst into flames like the Human Torch in “Project Power,” one of those Netflix action movies that probably would make some money if released into theaters. The undercooked plot works just well enough to fuel this vehicle for Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mashing up old movies in a fast-paced package.

Hitting the ground running (and punching and shooting), the story operates on two tracks before they inevitably come together through a teenager, Robin (Dominique Fishback of HBO’s “The Deuce”), caught up in both.
Essentially, shadowy forces have begun distributing an illicit drug that provides a temporary burst of superpowers in five-minute increments. The formula is a trifle unstable in a “Forrest Gump” sort-of way, meaning users can’t be entirely sure as to precisely what benefits they’re going to get.
Gordon-Levitt plays Frank, a New Orleans cop who has begun secretly taking the drug — which he acquires from Robin, who’s dealing it — seeking to level the playing field against the sudden onslaught of super-powered criminals. Foxx is The Major, whose motivations for trying to locate the source of the pills — leaving bodies in his wake — remains more personal, if not a whole lot more inventive.

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