So, have you guys seen the movie “POWDER” ? If you have, then you knew that I’d be getting to this film eventually. This film is all about the very things this blog concerns itself with. Namely, ENERGY! The picture above will give you an idea. The movie, is tailor made for this blog. A woman is pregnant as she walks down the street one evening, and she is suddenly struck by lightening. The woman dies, but not before they save the child, who is born premature. The father cannot handle the situation so the child is raised by his Grandparents, on a farm. The child grows up never seeing television or meeting anyone from the outside world. The Grandparents keep him hidden when other people around (for the most part) but he does go outside each day to do his work on the farm. He is Albino white and completely devoid of hair. Hair will not grow on his body. So he is very unusual to look at. The lightening strike has caused in him, unusual amounts of energy to emanate from his body, making it impossible for him to be near anything electrical without disturbing the working parts of the machine. So, the TV won’t work when he’s around, the radio, the blender and so on.
So he spends all of his time in the basement reading books, which are his only means of understanding the world around him. Literally thousands of books are in his basement. He has developed his abilities to entertain his grandparents, hoping to receive love and affection from them. He learns to manipulate the extreme levels of energy emanating from his body. He can read your mind, or hear your thoughts. He can move objects that are made of metal. He can, literally, make the hair on your head stand up with static electricity. Then his grandparents die, and the social workers come, to take him away, the farm is in foreclosure, he becomes a ward of the state. Needless to say, everyone is shocked at his appearance, it’s a small town and word gets around that they’ve found some freak of nature living in the basement. His foray out into the world of people is where 90% of this movie takes place. The film questions the limits of the human mind and body, while also displaying society’s capacity for cruelty, and raises hopes that humanity will advance to a state of better understanding and promotion of metaphysical capability.
Now, before we go any further, there is something else you should know about this film. There is a huge backstory to the making of this film by Disney. The writer and director of this film, Victor Salva, is a convicted child molester. So before this movie ever got made their were people picketing at Disney, and parents wouldn’t let there children see it, and all the things you can imagine were swarming around this film. Basically, people were already standing in line to crucify this guy. Now I’m writing about this movie because of the movie itself, not about child molestation or anything of the sort. In fact, I think the critics and the movie goers alike, already had in their minds made up to “NOT LIKE” this movie. The truth of the matter is, something beautiful came out of this man, that every one hated, for good reasons. But that , to my mind, is prejudiced. If I hadn’t told you that piece of information, you would have never guessed, in a million years, that this film came out of this man. But I wanted you to know because I have something to say to Caryn James of The New York Times (at the time) who called it “lethally dull” and said, “This intensely self-important film has no idea how absurd and unconvincing it is!” Well, Caryn James obviously saw a different movie, or she simply has no understanding of Physics and Evolution then, she may have actually gotten something out of a film that will be so important, in the years to come, that her quotes in NY Times will become laughable. BIG MOUTH!! There, I got that off of my chest.
The star of this movie,(made in 1995) Sean Patrick Flanery, gives a stellar performance as “Powder”. Jeff Goldblum is perfectly cast as the high school Physics teacher. And Mary Steenburgen is her wonderful self as the one woman that Powder can count on. Powder is portrayed as having such a beautiful, uncorrupted, soul that the film is mesmerizing to watch, If you don’t believe in ESP or Telepathy this may be a stretch for you. But if you do, you will LOVE this movie. My blog concerns itself with Energy and mans ability to learn to manipulate that energy to the benefit of all mankind. This movie will give you potential answers, and one possible direction that evolution may, or may not, take us in, Regardless, it’s a fascinating look at one of the possibilities. For those of us who believe in the potential for humans to manifest metaphysical capabilities, this is a MUST SEE movie. Much in the vain of “LUCY” which comes out soon I’m told. I walked away from this movie feeling good that I was not the only person in the world expressing themselves where this subject matter was concerned. The critics destroyed this movie. And I hope one day that those critics that did, find themselves one day, on a crowded elevator, with a sudden onset of diarrhea, and the elevator gets stuck between floors……… I am Dartanion2………..and that’s the way I see it…………cheers……..t xx