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Movie Review: ‘The Power of Few’

– by Gig Patta

PowerofFew There is one catastrophic ending, but from multiple perspectives.

“The Power of Few” is told from different viewpoints leading up to a catastrophic in New Orleans. Several off-beat characters are either witnesses or victims to the ultimate demise of a drive-by shooting, a car crash and a convenience store robbery in that order.

The first viewpoint is about Cory (Devon Gearhart) who must go down to the convenience store to acquire medicine, but lacked the money to pay the pregnant proprietor Mala (Moon Bloodgood) and her aspiring actor/husband Shane (Derek Richardson).

Then the film shoots off to two government agents Clyde and Marti (Christian Slater and Nicky Whelan) in a taxi cab seeking out a possible terrorist and bomb in New Orleans.

Another perspective is from a motorcycle deliverywoman Alexa (Q’orianka Kilcher) hired to deliver a package, but saves Dom (Jesse Bradford) from assassination by local thugs Junkshow (Anthony Anderson) and Shamu (Juvenile).

The last point of view will come from two humorous homeless guys Doke (Christopher Walken) and Brown (Jordan Prentice) as they walk the streets of the city.

The movie didn’t break new ground with this creative film told from multiple perspectives. It has been tried before in countless movies. However, it did have a nice twist to the end when a character, a little girl named Few (Tione Johnson) is added to the mix just to turn the catastrophic ending into a happy one.

A major problem with the film is possibly trying to do too much with too many characters. Few of the characters are a bit far-fetched and unbelievable, such as Slater and Whelan’s secret government agents in a disguised taxi seeking a possible bomb only to discover a stolen artifact. Or even Kilcher’s delivery woman saving a man from a couple of gangbangers when she should’ve been delivering a package like she is hired to do.

The most entertaining part of the film was humorous interaction between the two homeless men. There is Walken’s portrayal as a former newscaster who desires to back in his glory days as a newsman. And then he let his imagination go wild after his friend pickpocketed a gun from a cop. However, Walken’s wig he was wearing throughout the movie was a little too much.

Marucci does demonstrate good story-telling by linking all the characters together towards the end and playing in minor roles in everyone’s perspectives. But, the scenes may be too repetitive in one perspective after another. At least the ending twist leaves the audience satisfied.

“The Power of Few” is currently playing in limited release in Los Angeles. It will expand to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Philadelphia on March 1st and then Boulder, Colo. On March 8th.

Grade: C

 

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