22 user 3 critic

Power Play (2003)

A reporter attempts to figure out why there has been an energy crisis in the United States. Complicating matters are a series of aftershocks from a powerful earthquake, strangers firing ... See full summary »


Joseph Zito


Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

An elite commando unit must rescue a captured peacekeeping force from a ruthless international arms dealer.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Gary Daniels, Mike Norris, Bentley Mitchum
Abduction (1975)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Daughter of a wealthy family is kidnapped by left wing terrorists.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Judith-Marie Bergan, David Pendleton, Gregory Rozakis
Bloodrage (1980)
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A sexually frustrated young man kills hookers.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: James Johnson, Judith-Marie Bergan, Jerry McGee
Red Scorpion (1988)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A Soviet Special Forces soldier is sent on a mission to infiltrate an African rebel army and assassinate its leader, but the war machine they trained starts to think for himself.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A one-man army comes to the rescue of the United States when a spy attempts an invasion.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Chuck Norris, Richard Lynch, Melissa Prophet
The Prowler (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Vicky Dawson, Christopher Goutman, Lawrence Tierney
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Colonel Braddock launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he escaped from and free the Americans still held captive there.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton
Shadow People II (2013)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A radio talk show host unravels a conspiracy about encounters with mysterious beings known as The Shadow People and their role in the unexplained deaths of several hundred victims in the 1980s.

Director: Matthew Arnold
Stars: Dallas Roberts, Alison Eastwood, Mattie Liptak
They Are Among Us (TV Movie 2004)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

The film is about a town that is populated by aliens who have been pretending to be human for a long time in order to steal the earth's resources they need to live when the time comes.

Director: Jeffrey Obrow
Stars: Alison Eastwood, Michael Orr Hughes, Anne Apra
Short | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A music video which combines original footage featuring Cooper performing the song and Jason Voorhees menacing teenagers at a midnight showing of "Jason Lives".

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Alice Cooper, C.J. Graham
Buried Alive (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A college prank at an abandoned house accidentally awakens a frightening spirit.

Director: Robert Kurtzman
Stars: Terence Jay, Leah Rachel, Steve Sandvoss


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Walsh ... Matt Nash
Alison Eastwood ... Gabriella St.John
Tobin Bell ... Clemens
Brixton Karnes ... Travis Gentry
Frank Birney ... D.C.
Boti Bliss ... Sara Rose (as Boti Ann Bliss)
Prince Gharios ... Pallbearer (as Mauricio Guerios)
Mark Hutter ... Abbott
Sergio Kato ... Soldier
Jan Munroe ... McCullough
Martin Papazian ... Joel
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Dr. Eisley
Kimi Reichenberg ... Rita
Paulo Reis ... Zendon
Marcia Strassman ... Susan Breecher


A reporter attempts to figure out why there has been an energy crisis in the United States. Complicating matters are a series of aftershocks from a powerful earthquake, strangers firing weapons at him, and the disappearance of some workers attempting to investigate businesses who have harmed the environment. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

energy | power | disaster | See All (3) »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 April 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Out - Catastrofe a Los Angeles See more »

Filming Locations:

Curitiba, Paran√°, Brazil

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


During the car chase, two cars hit head to head and the bad guy's 4x4 hits them, is thrown in the air, and is clearly seen to come down hard on the front end. We see the front right wheel buckle and break off the axle. Moments later it's chasing our hero. See more »


Referenced in The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs: The Prowler (2018) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Think of a no-budget China Syndrome directed by a student filmmaker who idolizes John Woo. (spoilers)
28 July 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Think of a no-budget version of China Syndrome being directed by a film student who idolizes John Woo and you'll get 'Power Play.' The idea was good, but the execution, acting, and dialog absolutely killed it, not to mention ridiculous amounts of violence and disaster sequences that was used to compensate for lack of substance and development of the more interesting parts of the movie.

This is the story of a reporter investigating the disappearance of three members of a guerrilla activist group who mysteriously went missing after they broke into the offices of a power plant that is suspected to be causing a frenzy of earthquake. The rather cavalier reporter, going up against what should've been a more ruthless bunch of company execs, is chased around town (along with anyone he speaks to) in order to "clean" whatever conclusive evidence might remain of the plant's faults.

Unfortunately, there is no real sense of emergency because the characters interact with much hesitancy, coupled with idiotic dialog and a lot of horrible acting. Not to mention, the viewer, who may only be attracted to the movie for it's action genre appeal, is forced to endure a mounting body count and ridiculous amounts of violent shoot em-ups plus earthquake disaster scenes. All of the focus was put in the wrong place to apologetically compensate for the lack of direction and more interesting sequence of events that should've propelled the story. It might've been much better had the filmmakers focused more on a thriller, and paid greater attention to developing the corruption aspects of this story. Creepy villains, a naive reporter, and those who attempt to alert the reporter of the wrong-doing afoot. It is formulaic, but at least it would've been entertaining.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed