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Reviewed August 19th, 1999 by Staff


Sean Patrick Flannery and Jeff Goldblum, star in this off beat drama about a lonely albino teenager who has many “gifts” and how he faces the reality that he is different.

Powder [Flannery] was electrocuted while still in his mother. His mother ended up dying as a result, but he lived. Taken in by his grandparents, he never went outside and his only formal education was from his grandmother who tutored him and from reading (and memorizing) books and magazines. As he grew up, he learned he never could go outside during a rain storm, because he attracted lightening, and couldn’t watch television nor be around any electronic devices.

After his grandfather dies, he is taken to a boy’s home. There his is made fun of because of how he looks: white as a ghost and the only body hair that he has is his eyelashes. Powder’s teacher [Goldblum] befriends him and discovers that Powder’s intelligence isn’t the only gift that he possesses.

This is more than a drama story. It has some powerful performances and an ending that is quite unforgettable.

The video is presented in 1:85.1 widescreen format and is not 16x9 enhanced. The transfer is almost perfect with only some of the scenes being grainy. Overall, colors are very sharp and blacks seem to be dead on.

The audio is presented in DD 5.1 and is impressive for the almost totally dialogue driven movie. This is not a movie to show off split surrounds or your sub, but still is a great upgrade from VHS.


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