Critic Consensus: Powder has some interesting and potentially affecting ideas, but they're ultimately dust in the wind of a drama that strains far too obviously for uplift.
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Critic Reviews for Powder
Powder has all of the elements of a successful fantasy, and none of the insights. It's a movie where intriguing ideas lie there on the screen, jumbled and unrealized.
Performed to the hilt by Flanery and filmed with conviction by Victor Salva, the movie is finally too solemn to survive its pushy musical strings.
Pretentious, uninvolving headscratcher that aims to be tragic and uplifting and falls way short; the only thing it'll lift is your butt from your seat midway through the film.
Audience Reviews for Powder
A beautiful movie. One of my faves..
An average Sci Fi Drama film about a strange boy who has superpowers and who is an albino. Directed by Victor Salva, Powder boasts a strong cast but has an average story. The film is quite engaging and has effective dramatic elements. Sean Patrick Flanery stars as Jeremy "Powder" Reed. Starring opposite Flanery is Jeff Goldblum and Mary Steenbergen. The other cast members are also great in their roles. Director Victor Salva has made a good film with an impressive, but somewhat lacking concept. The cast however hold this film together, and their acting saves this film from being a dud. I enjoyed this film, and thought that the plot was interesting and pretty engaging. Of course the story could've of used a bit of improvement, but for what it is; Powder is a good film that has some intense moments. What makes Powder a good film is the acting from its actors combined with a unique story. Sure the story could've used a bit more development, but for what it is, the film has an engaging enough story to keep you entertained. The film also boasts some impressive special effects. Powder is a good film with an engaging story. Despite that at times the film has a few downsides, for the most part; it succeeds at delivering a good enough story to appeal to me. Not an excellent film, but quite good considering that the film was a bit clumsy in parts.
What I particularly enjoy about this thinly disguised retelling of the Christ tale is the ending wherein "the Savior", rather than sacrificing his life for the unknowing and uncaring masses instead runs for his very sanity away from them, from us ... what I see as a more realistic close, but then I'm told I'm cynical.
|Powder:||One of the most underrated films of all time. Science, religion, lessons of life and love, forgiveness and beauty. Powder changed the people of that town and this movie would change anyone who watched with an open mind and heart. The mind is like a parachute. It only works when it is open.|