What could go wrong even a generic film staring Jamie Foxx? Add in Joseph Gorden-Levitt, and some up and coming stars and even generic script should be a 6-7.
Well it all goes wrong, and it is insulting to black people.
The premise is simple, take a tablet and get a super power for the next 5 mins. The power can be anything or the tablet might even kill you. This idea is very simple, but they spend a lot of time in the film explaining how some of the feats might genetically be possible. It would be like x-men pausing every time they introduce a new power to show us how technically such a power might be possible. Just suspend our disbelief and tell us its magic, it wont stop our enjoyment of the film, but stopping to pander to us that its all possible is tiresome. The pacing is off, the story starts to fall apart, the acting is just about passable most of the time. Its basically a garbage script done very badly.
But the worst part about the film is how insulting it is.
If youre a black drug dealing child, dont worry, you can drop out of school and become a rapper and maybe be as successful as Cardi-b.. This kind of message is just so insulting. Black people listen to more than just rap, they can do well at school, they dont have to drop out to do sports or rap or drug deal. They can do something more than that. It's just so bad.
It seems obvious to me that Jamie Foxx got involved to try help a black film, then JGL got involved, and neither of them had any interest in the script but it was a project for them to do a "Black movie", its just a shame they all think that they need to make a young black person cool by making them a rapping drug dealing drop out.
Anyway avoid, if you want a "Black" super hero film go watch Blade, its still one of the best films made from a marvel comic. Not cause the actor is black but because the film is awesome from start to finish.