Critics 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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A strange young man changes the lives of those around him in this emotional and mystical drama. The man in question is Powder, a hairless, albino youth who has strange kinetic powers. After his grandfather's death, he is sent to a school where his abilities get him into trouble.


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Audience Reviews for Powder

  • Oct 30, 2012
    Somewhat sad romantic and mysterious. It's a film about a boy who is albino but highly intelligent, and as usual, faces discrimination from the society. It's an OK sci-fi film, with a lot of drama elements. Sean Patrick Flanery was really good at playing the titular role, but the production and script dragged him down.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2012
    Not particularly memorable...next
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2011
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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