Project Power Film Review

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Project Power has some good things going for it that makes it an enjoyable film in terms of visuals, solid performances from Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and an energizing musical score. However, it’s flimsy screenplay is disappointing and I found it lacked suspense and didn’t have much growth and excitement. In regards to that, the creators could have improved on this but chose the path of least resistance and chalked it up to become a story of individuals who immediately possess buried superhuman strength from a “power pill”, into a clique action flick that gets its positive qualities from the charisma of its stars and fast pace of film making. 

The three main characters are likable and I’d say anti-heroes in a society that has been heavily exposed to a government manufactured “superhuman power drug” that takes over the host in damaging effects. This is reminiscent of the crack epidemic in the 1980s when the U.S. and C.I.A. filled the streets of L.A. and other major cities with a drug that has demoralizing effects to the black/brown populations, but the thing here is that while this was happening Reagan and the U.S. government was starting a “War on Drugs” to combat an issue they had some responsibility in, the villains in this film and I’m going to that word loosely manufactured this “power drug” from the Jamie Foxx’s characters daughter Tracy was the source for the “power pill”. Art (Jamie Foxx) a war veteran suffering PTSD searching for his daughter who is a hostage of the Organization Project Power. With the help of a young streetwise drug dealer Robin (Dominique Fishback) and Frank Shaver (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), they set off to save his daughter and get to the truth and confront the source behind Project Power. 

The Power Pill creates a lot of destruction even if for the betterment of the public in this case Gordon-Levitt character a cop who becomes bulletproof after the consumption. On the other hand, it can become hazardous with villainous attributes i.e. Machine Gun Kelly’s inferno covered makes the human torch look amateur and a criminal on the run that can camouflage into anything. From my perspective, I found that the drug probably tapped into the ego/personality/desires to determine how they reacted and were affected by the drug’s effects. Visually the transformations were captivating and could be unsettling for some, especially the first one. Reason being, it can jarring due to hyperactive editing with scenes shifting fast from transformation to ultimate destruction. 

All in all, Project Power isn’t on the same scale nor popularity of Marvel and DC universe films but it is an enjoyable film for what it delivers. The power in this film is the characters and performances from Foxx and Levitt but it’s weakened by a premise that makes this project average. 

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My rating for the film :3/5, Grade : C

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The Other Guard (Film review)

The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron as Andy the leader of a covert team of immortal mercenaries is an intriguing film especially with its strength in character development and choreography. In regards to the character development, scenes where the action subsides and characters have the freedom to converse is immersive for the backstory shows vulnerability and remorse that they sometimes cannot overcome even though they’re indestructible. I found Andy’s (Theron) backstory brought humanity and grounded her character since she always exemplified danger and constant fighting that led to her repeated deaths. 

Greg Ruka delivers a screenplay that is action packed with backstories filled with lore that are well-explored and enticing, but it could have used more depth. This film was a major shift for director Gina Prince- Bythewood (Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees) but she presented a crisp, energetic atmosphere that captured the excitement when watching a fight scene or slowing down the pace when observing candid dialogue between the characters. I found the musical score and soundtrack for the film lackluster, especially the out of place electro-pop songs that reduce the impact of certain scenes. 

All in all, The Old Guard is an entertaining film and there’s plenty to enjoy, especially the fiery but relentless and loyal attitude of Kiki Layne’s character Nile. I believe the characterization and cinematography held more weight compared to the film’s plot and that’s something that needs to be improved if there is a sequel. 

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My rating for the film : 3/5

Grade : B-

Da 5 Bloods Film review

Spike Lee’s newest film “Da 5 Bloods” opens up with Muhammad Ali being interviewed in 1978 and it closes with one of the last speeches Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a year exactly before his death in 1968. Lee used these two figures during the civil rights movement in the 1960s to point out their commonality and opposition towards the Vietnam war. Ali had four years of his boxing prime taken away from and his heavyweight championships stripped from him. Even though he had to relinquish his materialistic triumphs in the ring, he believed that the real championship was to bring forth liberation to black people and the oppressed and disfranchised. 

“Da 5 Bloods”, depicts the trauma and psychological effects that black men faced during the Vietnam war and exalting the unacknowledged heroism of black Americans. The film tells the story of four Vietnam War veterans and lifelong friends. Over the years they’ve become distant but not estranged. They reunite and regroup in Ho Chi Minh City with a dual mission, the first one was to recover the body of their former commanding officer Norman (Chadwick Boseman). The second task was to collect a stash of gold bars that they buried after the firefight in which Norman was killed. These veterans have interesting and contrasting personalities which makes it an enjoyable movie, there’s the jokester Melvin (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) the level – headed medic Otis (Clarke Peters), the one who achieved the most post-war success but it all went downhill after a revelation (Norm Lewis). To round out this quartet, the commanding and hot-headed Paul is played by Delroy Lindo. Lindo delivers an outstanding performance and plays the deeply psychologically damaged Paul incredibly well in scenes that provoke his anger and tension  towards his fellow brothers in arms, but there is a reason behind that all and it is shown towards the end where he has a breakdown cursing about God and deliverance to himself. “I am a man”, “I will choose how I die” he shouts. Paul admired Norman, the team’s commanding soldier who died in the hands of Paul, and ever since then he’s had PTSD and agony years after Norman’s death. Paul’s trauma is slowly revealed as the film progresses and you’ll start to empathize more with why he acts the way he does. In addition, his son David (Jonathan Majors) has joined the four veterans and looks to reconnect with his father who has resented his existence since his wife died giving birth to David, but as the film progresses they do their best to make amends in an adverse environment. 

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“Da 5 Bloods” runs over two hours, two hours and thirty-four minutes to be exact, but it’s worth every minute. The action and there’s tons of it is intense, furious, and moves the plot along well until the ending. I felt the timeline shifts from the present day to their time in the Vietnam war transitioned smoothly and didn’t interrupt the momentum. The inclusion of real documentary footage of the war added depth to the story’s fictional characters and how it impacted the lives of black American soldiers that felt there was going to be no tomorrow unless they kept fighting a war away in a foreign land for a country (USA) that waged a war on them since slavery. As stated before I think that the film’s runtime of over two hours will exhaust some viewers with the amount of information packing Lee and his writers added to the film with the social commentary and examination of black men heroism in wartime that is often overlooked in world history. Spike Lee has had his hits and misses in the last 30 plus years of directing, but I will say that he has directed an impressive film with enough urgency and riveting freshness during this time where racial tensions are at an all- time high and solutions to pain are usually a challenge to the afflicted.

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The Last Dance (Chicago Bulls documentary review)

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Last month the much anticipated ESPN documentary series “The Last Dance” which documents the 1998 Chicago Bulls season was released, and I must say that it’s been a captivating series that had the longtime basketball fanatic and player in me eager to watch the following weekends episodes once it premiered. I will say that much of the events that happened to the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan is knowledge I’ve already known or knew a bit about but this series added more clarity and with the different perspectives to hear from such as Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Steve Kerr and more of the Bull champions and contemporaries, it never becomes dull. These guys added more depth to stories that were familiar to me but with their perspectives, viewers can go behind the scenes and explore aspects of the Bulls legacy that was under wraps. They explain the debacles that occurred throughout the 1998 season and it brings everything full circle when it focuses on a central player in the episode’s plot line and explaining their affect on the team overall. In addition, the man who was usually the focal point and had a lot of stories revolve around him was Michael Jordan. In regards to that, Jordan gave candid interviews about his experiences beginning from his college days at North Carolina and winning the NCAA championship to being drafted to mediocre Bulls of that time. It becomes a roller coaster ride for the viewer from there on out. Furthermore, one of the stand out time frames of the Chicago Bulls franchise and what made them grow and flourish were the wars with the late 1980’s Detroit Pistons. The Pistons would do whatever they could to annihilate the spirit and damage Michael Jordan to the point where he had trouble finding ways to overcome the excruciating obstacle. However, with the right coach, a new offense, and an improved mindset and stronger body the Detroit Pistons went from being his nightmare to opening his dreams once he and the Bulls defeated them. From 1991 to 1998 Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls ruled the 1990’s except for a few years with two other champions (94 Rockets,95 Rockets,99 Spurs). The Chicago Bulls fame and especially Michael Jordan became worldwide and with that exposure, it became the catalyst for basketball to become popular in foreign nations.

The Last Dance has its joyous moments but it does have the somber side of it when it deals with the death of Michael Jordan’s father and how the media scrutinized and speculated that his father’s death was connected to Jordan’s extracurricular activities. With some time away from the game and three more championships later it was the aftermath of 1996 Bulls championships which landed on Father’s day that made that championship year even sweeter. The night of the victory Jordan released the pent up sadness and grief for his father that he held onto since his retirement and it was a moment of silence for the series. I don’t want to divulge any longer on everything that happened because what I say is level surface information compared to how deep the documentary digs into. I will say that director Jason Heir did an outstanding job when it came to compiling footage and interviews that corresponded to the episode’s theme and story line. The musical score was appropriate to the decade such as old school golden age hip hop of the 1980’s to the hardcore hip hop of the 1990s. This was an incredible documentary to show and captivate a new generation of basketball fans and add some new twists to the nostalgia older fans who are familiar with the dynasty of 90’s Chicago Bulls. Tomorrow will conclude the series with episode 9 and 10 on ESPN. Leave a like and comment if you’d like to chime in on the documentary series if you’ve seen it or have any questions. Also give my blog and follow my page so you can stay up to date for future posts. As always peace and keep it real.

My rating for the film 5/5, Grade : A

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