We are all watching.
THE POWER OF FEW is writer-director Leone Maruccis’ Tarantino’esq indie-drama that surprisingly, manages to pull itself together towards the end. Christopher Walken‘s “Doke,” is a homeless character that spews banal and indiscernible dialogue–even suggests to a police officer that scientists clone Jesus–and overacting by Christian Slater, is expressively ineffective paired with random character interaction, and their mismanaged circumstances. However, viewers may need to exercise patience–mainly due to the severe underdevelopment of character stories–just isn’t enough for us to give a damn about their underlying circumstances.
The film is structured from multiple (actually disjointed) perspectives focusing on several of the films key characters beginning with Cory (Devon Gearhart) trying to get much needed medication for his ailing baby brother after his drug addled mother and despondent grandfather couldn’t come up with the money for the medication. At the same time, on the other side of town, a courier, Alexa (Q’orianka Kilcher), help a potential witness (Jessie Bradford) escape two gangsters (Anthony Anderson, and New Orleans rapper Juvenile) trying to kill him. Meanwhile, government agents Marti (Nicky Whelan) and Clyde (Slater) pursue a suspect in order to thwart a possible terrorist attack.
Despite the synchronicity of events, the film’s overall inconsistencies does complicate the majority of the scenes. In particular, the segment where Slater’s characters uses some form of Jedi mind trick to interrogate a suspected terrorist was not only laughable–it is implausible. Factor in his over zealous partner, Marti (Whelan) and what you have is an indescribable mash-up of unappealing over exhaustive performances.
Somehow, the theft of The Shroud of Turin is thrown in ominously, perhaps to suggest it’s religious significance is the reason for the characters’ discontent. Overall, these chaotic events culminate into a single destructive incident involving a drive by shooting, a botched robbery, a car crash and the theft of the Jesus cloth. However, after a ridiculous moment of philosophical wisdom from 12 year-old Fueisha (Tione Johnson) or “Few,” the intersecting vignettes change–miraculously for the better. Hence the title of the film The Power of Few.
Words powerful enough to pull together a marginally interesting film.
The Power of Few presents amazingly on Blu-Ray courtesy of Vivendi Entertainment with AVC encoded transfer in 1.78:1. The overall appearance of the scenes are brilliantly crisp appearance in widescreen format. The colors are specific, accurate and muted in the darker scenes however, are without saturation. The Blu-ray audio quality is also effective DTS-HD Master Audio 1.5 track sound quality. The disc extras include “The Making of Power of Few” interviews with the cast (Christian Slater, Christopher Walken, Anthony Anderson and Juvenile). “Community Outreach” features interviews with the extras in the film. Optional deleted scenes and the original theatrical trailer. English 5.1 DTS-HD audio for the blind and hearing impaired. English subtitles. Movie total run time 96 minutes.
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