Project Power: Frank’s Superpower Explained

1 month ago

One of the heroes of Netflix's Project Power can withstand a bullet to the face, so how exactly do his powers work? Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays a New Orleans cop named Frank Shaver, who investigates an underworld drug operation while getting high on his own supply. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, Project Power mostly focuses on the world-changing powers of Art (Jamie Foxx) and his daughter Tracy (Kyanna Simone Simpson), but it's the efforts of the determined Art that link the subplots together.

Frank wants to protect his city, which is almost like a supporting character in Project Power. The Netflix film begins with the cop saving a teenager named Robin (Dominique Fishback), who is revealed to be his dealer. Frank is specifically interested in an unregulated drug named Power that transforms users into superheroes for five minutes. Because the odds are stacked against New Orleans and Frank, the NOPD officer consumes Power when situations turn violent. Project Power was written by Mattson Tomlin, who co-wrote the upcoming DCEU film The Batman, and includes the important twist that Power users don't know how the drug will affect them when taking it for the first time.

Frank's powers are thematically linked to the armadillo, a member of the animal kingdom with a protective shell. A mid-movie speech by the villain Biggie (Rodrigo Santoro) reveals that he wants funding for a Power-themed project that will allow humans to fully explore the potential of their DNA. Foxx's Art then interrupts the big speech and wilds out, as he was previously experimented on by Teleios, a company that created the drug. Project Power acknowledges that Art's supernatural abilities match those of the pistol shrimp and that his daughter inherited natural power. As for Frank, his powers are put on display early on during an armed robbery investigation. The cop takes a pill - which immediately kicks in - and he sets his watch timer for five minutes. Exactly three minutes later, Frank takes a bullet to the face, which - under the influence of Power - does nothing as he has essentially grown the protective shell of an armadillo.

Frank later pops another Power pill while trying to get on board Teleios' ship, the Genesis. After doing "the Clint Eastwood thing" inspired by Dirty Harry, he's once again shot within three minutes of consuming the drug. From there, the movie's rules on superpowers become more complicated, as Frank's battle scenes don't seem to align with the five-minute Power premise. He first overpowers a lizard-like Teleois villain (just over five minutes after recovering from gunshot wounds) and then battles another guy as time ticks away on his watch. The filmmakers seemingly cover the appropriate groundwork for new rules that could be introduced in Project Power 2.

In the sequel, it just may be revealed that Frank's abuse of Power has changed the five-minute concept (at least for him). Thematically, this could work as a double-edged sword for the character's arc. Frank doesn't believe that he's doing anything wrong in Project Power since the focal drug isn't officially recognized by the government, yet his rogue mentality and reliance on Power could put others in harm moving forward. If repeated drug usage has indeed delayed Frank's armadillo-like abilities, he could become a true underground figure in Project Project 2; a former cop forced to the fringes of society.

Related Forums
Forum
Protesters Project The EndSARS Logo On Tinubu’s Oriental Hotel In Lagos (Photos)
3 days ago
Forum
#ENDSARS : It Will Be Difficult To Scrap SARS Because They Are Involved In Fighting Boko Haram — Frank Mba
1 week ago
Forum
Frank Lampard Has Reportedly Come To An Agreement With Antonio Rudiger
3 weeks ago
Forum
No fewer than 10 people lost their lives in fatal road accidents in Ogun and Anambra states on Monday. Six persons, including an infant, a five-year-old boy and a grandmother died in two separate crashes in Ogun, with 14 people injured. The first crash, which occurred on Ishara Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, led to the death of four persons. The accident, which involved a Mazda with number plate, XC 330 WWD, occurred around 2.20pm. The second crash, which happened at Sagamu, claimed two lives and involved a Toyota Camry with number plate, LSD 797 GJ. The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the two incidents. He said in the first accident, the four deceased passengers were a five-year-old boy, two male adults and one female adult. He explained that the crash happened after one of the tyres of their vehicle burst. “We learnt that the commercial bus, loaded with 16 passengers, including the driver, was on transit from Lagos to Ibadan, when the rear tyre burst due to speeding. “The four corpses were deposited at FOS Mortuary, Ipara-Remo, while the injured were admitted to Idera Hospital and Victory Hospital, Ibara Remo. “The vehicle was taken to Ishara Motor Traffic Division, Remo,” Akinbiyi added. He noted that the second accident was caused by reckless driving, adding that two pedestrians – a woman and her granddaughter – were killed. “According to an eyewitness, the Camry car was on top speed when it suddenly lost control, somersaulted and hit the aged mother and her granddaughter, who were in front of their house, which was by the roadside. “The aged woman and her granddaughter died on the spot, while the occupants of the vehicle, four of them, including the driver, were nowhere to be found. “Though they were reported to have been hospitalised at Idera Hospital, our post-crash investigation confirmed that they were not there,” Akinbiyi said.
3 weeks ago