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Powder

October 4, 2015

PerA young boy is discovered living in the basement of a house where an old woman has died. The boy, Jeremy Reed (Sean Patrick Flanery), has the name “Powder” because of his luminous white skin. It turns out that Powder has spent his whole life never leaving the house. The basement is filled wall to wall with books that he has not only read, but memorized every word. This is only the first hint at his incredible powers. Powder can attract objects and bend them with his thoughts. He is able to conduct electrical energy around him. These actions makes other begin to fear him.

The one person who tries to help Powder is Jessie (Mary Steenburgen) and she arranges for him to take some aptitude and intelligence tests. After the tests, Powder comes into the room with the officials and they are all skeptical of him. He simply says to them that he knows they don’t believe he could score so well without cheating. As he begins to leave the room, all the lights in the room explode.

It becomes increasing clear that Powder will never “fit in” and so he runs away and goes back to the house where he was raised. Jessie, Donald Ripley (Jeff Goldblum) and the Sheriff Barnum go after him. There is an approaching thunder storm and as they chase Powder into the field, the lightening strikes get closer and closer. Suddenly, Powder is hit by a strike and is vaporized into thin air. Suddenly the storm stops and all is quiet. Powder is gone.

Powder: If you thought I was so intelligent would you ask me if I understood?

Donald Ripley: It has become appallingly clear that our technology has surpassed our humanity.
Powder: Albert Einstein.
Donald Ripley: When I look at you, I have hope that maybe one day our humanity will surpass our technology.

 

 

Lindsey Kelloway: What are people like, on the inside?
Powder: Inside most people there’s a feeling of being separate, separated from everything.
Linsey: And?
Powder: And they’re not. They’re part of absolutely everyone, and everything.

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