Reminiscent of the sort of teen rock-star fantasies best left in the bedroom, "Powder" tritely depicts the rivalry between two bands.
Reminiscent of the sort of teen rock-star fantasies best left in the bedroom, “Powder” tritely depicts the rivalry between two bands. Crudely adapted by Kevin Sampson from his own, better novel, and poorly helmed by Mark Elliott (who collaborated with Sampson on “Awaydays”), this cringe-inducing drama makes many missteps, the worst of which is to constantly overhype as brilliant the mediocre music its protagonists produce. Opening in very limited release domestically Aug. 26, pic will blow away as quickly as dust on a dry day.
The frontman of struggling beat combo the Grams, Keva (wooden Liam Boyle) is supposedly fuming because rival group Transbad Saints has stolen a song he wrote and become successful. The Grams sign with a label owned by Guy (Jefferson Hall) and start an album, but Keva must suffer some clunky flashbacks and take some drugs before he can move forward. Musician James Walsh sings Keva’s vocals and contributes music, which should ensure that at least fans of Walsh’s own outfit, Starsailor, will show some interest. Tech credits are shaky, although the festival performance scenes nearly convince.