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Powder (1995)

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Victor Salva

For all its flaws,Powderis still worthwhile for attempting to be unique and well intentioned. The film's qualities were overshadowed after its 1995 release when it was revealed that writer-director Victor Salva had served 15 months in prison for molesting … see full wiki

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Director: Victor Salva
1 review about Powder (1995)

Not of This World

  • Dec 6, 2005
Many individuals feel like outcasts in this world--as if they're somehow "different" from the rest of humanity.

The central character of this movie is defintely an outcast. Called "Powder" because of his snow-white skin, this teenager was kept in his grandparent's basement his entire life. He is brought into the school system where kids ridicule, abuse, misunderstand, and even fear him. His science teacher (played by Jeff Goldblum) and the schoolmaster (played by Mary Steenburgen) discover that Powder can control electricity--and has profound wisdom and empathetic insight.

Powder is peaceful, tragic Christ-figure who is persecuted for being different and, perhaps, for being prophetic and "otherworldly" as well.

The ending is powerful and satisfying, especially given the gut-wrenching treatment that Powder endures. Some fascinating mystical themes in this movie include the transformation from the physical into pure spirit, the evolution of man, the capacity of Spirit, the power of love, and the archetypal metaphor of feeling "not of this world."

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