When you went in Project performance If you knew you were going to learn about the gun prawns, you must have known something the rest of us didn't. The film follows ex-soldier Art (Jamie Foxx), who teams up with teen retailer Robin (Dominique Fishback) and local cop Frank (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to stop pills from being spread and find his daughter that it was taken by the evil corporation behind it, Teleios. It turns out that the source of power within the pill comes from animals, with each person receiving an ability from their particular animal.
You can't choose your animal or ability, but as Art explains after asking his captor what the most powerful animal is, it's not always a bad thing. The animal of sorts is the pistol shrimp, which sounds ridiculous but is perhaps the most powerful animal on the planet. "Little little guy, look harmless, but hit yourself so fast the water evaporates around him. Eight thousand degrees hotter than the surface of the sun. The shock waves tear the flesh right off the bone. And when it's all over it's just Mr. . Shrimp sitting there and eating … whatever is left, "says Art.
We will later see how art uses the power to completely wipe out all the members of Teleios around him, leaving him close to death. But how close is what we see Project performance to a real pistol shrimp?
In fact, a pistol shrimp uses its claws to fire bubble projectiles to either kill or stun its prey. A marine biologist explained diversity that the bubble projectiles of a pistol shrimp "reach temperatures nearly as high as those on the surface of the sun," which is far from tearing the flesh off the bone.
But of course it wouldn't have been half as dramatic to see Foxx shoot bubble projectiles at his kidnappers as if he were completely decimating them with evaporated water. The powers in Project performance may have come from animals, but they don't exactly mimic them, which, as Biggie (Rodrigo Santoro) puts it, allows for "so much power, favor".