Lives intersect, but so do Tarantino-esque clichés, in "The Power of Few," a ham-fisted, timeline-altering variety pack of crime set in New Orleans.
Five vignettes take place over the same small chunk of temporal real estate, ending in a ripple effect of violence. A desperate young man (Devon Gearhart) needs medicine for his baby brother; two spies (Christian Slater, Nicky Whelan) hunt a possible terrorist; a flirty messenger (Q'orianka Kilcher, who also produced) rescues a man (Jesse Bradford) targeted by a gang member (Anthony Anderson); and Christopher Walken does Christopher Walken as a Philosophical Derelict.
Does the African American schoolgirl (Tione Johnson) wandering through all the stories hold the key? Her name is Few — look at the title.
Writer-director Leone Marucci has a scratch-worthy itch for plump visuals and flashy camera moves, but a limp way with dialogue and story, and — despite his cast — no grip on directing actors. He can't wait to get to the blow-your-mind stuff, to the detriment of all the filler you don't care about anyway.