On the trail of Star Wars This is how Project Power should inspire the Netflix audience

On the trail of “Star Wars”: This is how “Project Power” should inspire the Netflix audience

Since yesterday, August 14th, Netflix subscribers have been able to see the somewhat different superhero film on the streaming platform. And leading actor Jamie Foxx thinks: “Project Power” has exactly what the “Star Wars” films are about.

Haven’t you always wanted to have some kind of superpower – even if it was only for five minutes? This is exactly what New Orleans citizens can do in Project Power (on Netflix since August 14) thanks to a wonder drug that was secretly circulated during a field study. The problem:

You only know what superpower you get after you’ve taken the drug – and if you’re unlucky, the trip will not end well for you.

As the trailer for the film shows, the different skills bring a thunderstorm of special effects that would also come across quite well in the cinema. As actor Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) reveals in an interview, the film is essentially something completely different – just like the first “Star Wars” films …

Han Solo, Luke and Leia made Star Wars great

In an interview with CinemaBlend, the Oscar winner compared his new film with the old “Star Wars” trilogy, in which lightsaber fights are no more than a side effect. “Before it gets supernatural, it has to be natural first,” says Foxx, who always puts the action behind.

“’Star Wars’ isn’t great because of the lightsabers, it’s because of Luke Skywalker. Because of Han Solo. Because of this group of people – Princess Leia – who you would even watch as they order food VexMovies. Because it would still be interesting. “

“’Star Wars’ isn’t great because of the lightsabers, it’s because of Luke Skywalker. Because of Han Solo. Because of this group of people – Princess Leia – who you would even watch as they order food VexMovies. Because it would still be interesting. “

Of course, it is nothing new that action scenes mainly work when the characters are believable, and you are excited and feared with them. But can the “Nerve” makers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman manage to do so with their new film as well as George Lucas once did?

“Project Power”: Strong characters alone are not enough

In fact, the start of the film works very well due to some strong character moments when we get to know the ex-soldier and caring father Art (Foxx), the dependent cop Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the teenage girl Robin (Dominique Fishback) who deals to earn money for her mother’s medication. The entry may not work as well as in “Star Wars”, but it is good enough to want to learn more about the characters.

That gets done more and more in the course of the film, however, because “Project Power” only reminds of adrenaline fireworks like “Crank” or “Shoot‘ Em Up ”, but in the end, typical for Netflix, it is simply too long. In some idle moments the viewer has enough time to think about the events and to stumble from one logic hole to the next. In our review, it didn’t get more than 2 stars in the end:

The review of “Project Power”

So when Jamie Foxx says that at the core of “Project Power”, similar to “Star Wars”, it’s mainly about three people about whom you would like to learn more and whose relationship with each other is assuming a very special dynamic, he doesn’t quite have it wrong. Because Foxx, Levitt and Fishback make a very likeable trio, where the chemistry is just right. That alone is not enough, however, to turn “Project Power” into a film experience that stands out from the Netflix crowd.

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