Shockingly bad fantastical feel-good movie. Sean Patrick Flannery plays the title role, that
of a young hairless albino boy. His mother died at childbirth when she was struck by lightning,
and Powder himself seems to have some connection to electricity. He is raised by his
grandparents, and mostly kept out of sight, until they die. A local social worker, Jessie (Mary
Steenburgen) and the county sherriff (Lance Hendrickson) discover Powder, and bring him
into contact with society. Soon they discover he is a supergenius with psychokinetic powers, but
that doesn't keep the local bullies from picking on him (you'd think they'd be to scared to even
glance at him, but hey, they needed to advance the plot). Most of the movie revolves around
the following principle: People do something cruel or stupid -- Powder does something
magical and heartfelt -- People don't learn -- repeat. The dialogue is insipid and meaningless.
Jeff Goldblum adds a bit of color as a science teacher, but he seems to be replaying his
familiar tongue-tied genius. The film take bizaare, unexplained turns, seemingly so they
can repeat the routine and show another touchingly sweet scene with Powder acting nice
and everyone else acting mean. Not even a hint of explanation for any of the procedings is given in the script, but
by the end you'll be feeling too numb to notice.
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