This movie has an interesting premise, a pill that gives people a power unique to them for 5 minutes. That's a great place to start writing a screenplay, unfortunately it immediately goes off the rails from there. Some shady organization (Totally cliche btw) is handing out these pills for free to drug dealers so that they can do a clinical trial on all the people who take it?? How are they collecting their data? What value does that data even have? They never explain any of that.
And what's up with the guy early on who's power is that he goes up in flames, scarring himself and burning up his surroundings, yet he has a stash of pills and keeps taking them? Who in their right mind would take that pill if they know they're just going to get more burned/scarred? Think about that. I would personally rather just get arrested.
The three leads were all good but the female villains were totally unconvincing, especially the foreign politician lady. And what the hell does she want all the pills for? How exactly is that going to help her take control of her country? Huh?
And why was it so easy for Jamie Foxx get to into that ultra secret demo of the power pill, the one where the young woman basically freezes to death? Gee, that's a great power to have. Or maybe the point of the demo was that this would make a good bioweapon to infect people with? So much just didn't make sense in this turd.
Finally, the final act mostly happens on a slow movie cargo ship. Could there be a more boring location for a climax?
I remembering thinking this movie was funny the first time I saw it all those years ago but after seeing it again countless times over the years while flipping through the tv channels I now realize what a classic it is. There are soooo many funny scenes and gags in there. Randy Watson? Holy moly that was some funny sh*t. Great movie, can't wait for the sequel!
Two and half stars is all I can muster for this one. Lots of the early dialogue has nothing to do with the plot, it's just dialogue to fill the time. Watch Back to the Future and notice that virtually everything said or done in the first act has meaning later on. Not the case with this movie unfortunately. I kept waiting for a big payoff but it never came.