I've recently come across this sentence in which I've managed to understand all of the new words for me except for the last one - power. After looking it up in several dictionaries I still haven't figured out what its meaning here is.

Filming the movie on location in New York and San Francisco and on an elaborate backlot in Los Angeles adds a verisimilitude that the filmmakers hope will offer a different kind of power.

Thank you for your explanations.

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    In my humble opinion, the writer of that phrase likely meant to use the word "energy" instead of power.
    – Neil
    May 29, 2017 at 12:43
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    Who knows what the writer meant? The meaning is vacuous, vague, or unclear.
    – Drew
    May 29, 2017 at 18:01

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I believe the term power is referencing the impact to the viewer to suspend disbelief and be figuratively transported into the film.

I would point to the use of verisimilitude used earlier in the phrase to establish the intended impact of the "power".

Building off of that earlier phrase, I believe the power is akin to the phrase, "a powerful statement". In this context, power is used as a synonym to impactful, with strong meaning and emotional content.

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