In the Netflix action movie "Project Power," the potential for chaos or creation is all in one pill. Take one of those shiny capsules, and you’ll be given super powers for five minutes, whether it involves fire, camouflage, flexibility, or being bulletproof. Within the timeframe of this thriller directed byHenry JoostandAriel Schulman, the drug has become a hot commodity, tested on the underserved people in New Orleans, and sought after by the rich.
You can easily imagine the world of “Project Power” expanding to different lives and powers, but it starts here with Robin (多米尼克·菲什巴克从2018圣丹斯膜突破“夜幕降临“）。一个学生与即兴饶舌的礼物，她卖大街上的药丸，以帮助支付她母亲的医药费，有时收到一个名叫弗兰克警察的支持（Joseph Gordon-Levitt）谁想要使用为好避孕药。通过艺术的名义与流氓纠缠两弄，通过发挥Jamie Foxx，谁想要得到的人在电源处理链顶端更多个人原因。
Among its blockbuster spectacle—a Netflix Original with cinematography best seen on the biggest screen possible—the movie has an open fondness for human powers that aren't pill related. Gordon-Levitt runs around the movie in a jersey for New Orleans Saint史蒂夫·格利森, the subject of a powerful documentary ("格里森") about the NFL player living with Lou Gehrig's disease; Gordon-Levitt wears the jersey like a casual Superman outfit. And the words that Foxx’s character imparts to Fishback, about leaving your mark, are unmistakable, especially when being told to a young actor who deserves all of the versatility she wants to fill her career with.
Dominique, as the greenest member in the trio, what did you learn from your co-stars?
And I asked Jamie if it should be easy, if acting at any point became easy for him. And he said, ‘Do you watch basketball?' And I said, 'Sometimes.' And he said, 'Well, when Steph Curry runs down the court, he shoots a three, and it goes in. He doesn’t question himself as to why it went in, because he’s been doing it for so long.' It’s the same kind of goals for me that I’ve been doing it for so long, and that I really had it in me. Which is really a gift.
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: This movie just seemed like it would be a lot of fun, to be honest. I took a couple of years off acting when I became a dad, and I was lucky to get to spend some time with my babies. My first time back as an actor was this really intense, heavy drama called “7500,” but after something so serious I just wanted to do something fun. I read this script for “Project Power,” and I was like, 'These action scenes, and Jamie Foxx, and we’re going to New Orleans, this is going to be a blast.' And it really was.
JGL: I love that movie; I’m really proud of it. It’s a movie sort of about addictive technology, and focuses on a guy who is addicted to online pornography. Addictive technology has just become increasingly prominent in part of our world, and I think it’s going to become more that way, especially as technology gets more and more powerful. We’re really, I think, going to be facing a choice as a generation. Like, do I just hook up to this bliss machine and let the algorithms take me away? Or am I going to be in charge more of who I am, and how I spend my time? I think “Don Jon” was sort of talking about that in an earlier part of the decade, before the algorithms had become as advanced as they now have. Things are just growing so fast, technology is advancing so quickly now, it’s really sort of in many ways the story of our time.
JGL: Yeah, engagement is a funny word, right? Because one of my thinkers about this,Jaron Lanier说，“订婚仅仅是瘾委婉说法。”On HitRECord, we’re not just trying to engage, or get people to hit a button or scroll through more and more content to see more ads, we’re always trying to get people to be creative, and be creative together with other people. To me, that’s the optimistic view of what I hope the internet I think really can be, and really should be-人谁可以做到的东西放在一起，他们可能没有能够在自己的地方。
Dominique, you were talking about future projects—I was curious if you had a dream project, or a dream character? You can put it out there in the universe now.
DM: I used to really want to play Assata Shakur, but I think I’ve been in the ‘70s a bit long [laughs]. I did “The Deuce” and I did that Jay-Z video ("微笑"). And now I’m doing “Judas and the Black Messiah,” the Fred Hampton story. I think I would only want to do [the Shakur story] if she was involved, and I’d have to think about if I was being versatile. Not that they’re the same, but it kind of lends itself to a similar thing.
I’m a true romantic, I love “Romeo & Juliet.” I would love to play Juliet one day. On stage, and on film. That would be great.
Joseph, was it your idea for your character to wear the Steve Gleason jersey throughout the movie? What’s the story behind that?
It was not my idea, it was the filmmakers’ idea, Henry and Rel. But I really loved it, and I learned who Steve Gleason was. For those who don’t know, he was a football player for the New Orleans Saints, and is really a hero in that city. He’s paralyzed [due to Lou Gehrig's Disease] but managed to overcome that adversity and help a lot of people. He came to our set. He can’t talk like you and I can, he has this machine that uses his eyes to select which words he wants to have the machine speak for him, and it really helps you not take things for granted. It’s a miracle to be able to talk, and how often do we give thanks for our ability to speak, you know? He’s a real reminder of that, and I admire him a great deal. I feel proud to bear his jersey throughout the film.
Available on Netflix on 8/14.