I had a bad feeling about this movie from the beginning. First it stars Tom Arnold and Kevin Nealon, neither of which I find particularly funny. But then it had Christopher Titus and a young Evan Peters, so 50/50 shot of enjoying it. Little would I know my rating in this movie would also be about 50/50. It’s not horrible, it’s not great, it sort of just is.
Remarkable Power has several storylines that all come together in the end, mostly. Kevin Nealon is Jack West, a late night TV show host who finds out his show is being cancelled and his wife is cheating on him. West plots to get his revenge in both situations. Evan Peters plays Ross who moved away from his family to become a success. He is convinced that the solution to his problems are these success tapes sold on late night TV by JP Zahn, portrayed by the completely underutilized Christopher Titus.
Things begin to change for Ross when he bumps into Preston (Kip Pardue) one of the success stories on the infomercial. Things begin to happen for Ross after this meeting but not at all the way he planned. Add to the mix a private detective (Tom Arnold) a murder-scene photographer (Nora Zehetner) and Moses (Jack Plotnick), a Jewish drug dealer who uses a kosher chicken and waffles restaurant as a front. You would think this would make a decently quirky, fun, movie. You’d be wrong.
The biggest problem with this movie is there is a lot going on but until probably the last 15 – 20 minutes nothing is real exciting, save one scene in the beginning. When the pacing gets good, I just didn’t care about it anymore and found myself looking for things to do while watching this movie. Most of the actors are good but the dialogue and action just isn’t there most of the time.
There are so many more movies that do the multiple converging story lines really well. I wish this had been one of them.