Warning: This article contains spoilers for Project Power on Netflix. Read at your own risk.
Project Power, which came out on Netflix today, proves that superhero films are a true staple of summertime—even when it’s the middle of a pandemic. Directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, and written by Mattson Tomlin, this original sci-fi thriller revolves around one simple premise: A pill that, when taken, gives the user special powers for five minutes at a time. It’s kind of like Limitless, but in Project Power, the ability you get from the drug varies from person to person. You never know what your power will be until you try it—and it could be fatal to you.
Enter a young teen girl named Robin (Dominique Fishback). Robin is dealing this super drug to make money for her diabetic mother, but she’s also secretly working with a cop named Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who uses the drug because his power is being bullet-proof, which comes in handy at his job. But Frank soon learns that the New Orleans police department is corrupt and working for the people making the pills.
Meanwhile, Robin is kidnapped by a man who calls himself The Major (Jamie Foxx), who we later learn is named Art. Art talks a big game, but all he really wants is to find his daughter, Tracy. Tracy, we learn, had superpowers even without taking the drug. The mysterious pill-makers, led by someone named Biggie, kidnapped Tracy to do tests to help them create a formula for mass production. Robin, hearing this, feels sorry for Art and decides to help him track down the supplier of the pill and find his daughter.
And that’s what you missed on Project Power! Now let’s get into that Project Power ending, explained, and the possibility of a Project Power sequel.
How does Project Power end? What is the Project Power ending, explained?
It turns out the people behind the pills want to send Art away on a boat called Genesis. A lady in a pantsuit named Gardner (Amy Landecker) explains that Tracy is the next Henrietta Lacks and that her cells could contribute to major medical advancements. Frank and Robin sneak onto the boat to rescue Art. Using the security cameras, Robin finds where Tracy is locked in the ship and helps her escape. Tracy seems kind of out of it, probably because she’s been being experimented on.
When the evil doctor kidnaps Robin at the last second, Art finally takes his pill. His power, it seems, is to generally “f*ck shit up.” The doctor and all the guards die in a massive explosion/annihilation. Robin, somehow, is spared. Art appears dead too, but Tracy uses her powers, which are healing powers, to save him. Art and Tracy leave town together, now on the run. It’s not clear whether the problems this drug has caused are gone for good, but as Art tells Frank when he’s leaving town, “It’s over for me.” Before he goes, Art pays Robin the $5,000 he promised her, along with a can of tomato soup—possibly the very same can that was in the store when Robin decided to stay to help Art. Robin gives her mom the soup, and the movie ends. Over the credits, we see Robin working on her lyrics.
Will there be a Project Power 2?
Netflix has not yet officially announced plans for a Project Power sequel. However, if the film does well for Netflix, it is possible we could someday see Project Power 2. While the ending pretty much wraps everything up, perhaps there are more stories to tell in this world. For instance: What is Robin’s power? We never got that answer, and I, for one, would like to know. Frank is bullet-proof, Art can destroy stuff, but Robin still has never tried the drug. Isn’t she just a little bit curious? I know I am! I’m curious enough to hit play on a sequel—so get going, Netflix.
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Source: New York Post
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