So it’s time for a review I’ve been putting off for over a year now because I didn’t really want this film on my site ( how arrogant is that? ).
It’s not that I hate the film, I mean I don’t like it much, but HATE is a pretty strong word. I just like to keep this site in the ‘dark zone’ if you know what I mean?
Most Found Footage efforts are based on the Horror, Science Fiction and Thriller genres – that’s what I like about them!
This allows the films to build up a certain atmosphere that gets us on the edge of our seats and draws us in…
But Project X is a sort of teenage comedy-fest much like the American Pie franchise – not my sort of thing ( maybe I’m getting old? ).
Well it’s Found Footage so it belongs on here, let’s give it a go…
I only discovered yesterday that this film was actually created by director Todd Phillips – the guy behind the Hangover franchise ( which is actually quite good! ).
This surprised me as Project X seemed to lack a lot of substance and truly comic moments – it was just a load of high school shit thrown together at times!
I thought the man behind something as comically original as The Hangover would be able to do a lot more with this sort of blank canvas.
I’m pretty disappointed he wasn’t…
OK, don’t really know where to start here, but I’ll give it a go!
This film bases itself on a sort of rags-to-riches tale that follows three pretty hapless teenagers. They go through your typical nerd punishments from jocks and cheerleaders alike – the guys are pretty sad really!
So Costa ( Oliver Cooper ) decides he’s going to break the trend of bullying and uses the birthday of best friend Thomas ( Thomas Mann ) as a platform ( J.B. ( Jonathan Daniel Brown ) makes up the sad trio! ).
They throw a wicked house party for the birthday to try and get people to like them ( not the most original of teenage movie ideas ).
So the party starts off pretty cool and the boys are actually attracting quite a bit of attention – could this be the turning point in their teenage troubles?
Well no, that would make for a pretty shitty film really!
Of course, the party is overrun by hundreds of sex starved teenagers and things quickly get out of hand.
I couldn’t really shake the feeling of senselessness when watching this film – it offered me nothing really solid to build a positive experience on.
The acting’s great, the cinematography is awesome and the editing is top notch…still it failed to impress me!
I guess it just takes more than midgets and topless girls to get me excited these days ( there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write for this site! ).
I was young once – honest I was!
I also got up to some pretty hideous things in those days as well. It’s just that this film tends to paint a picture of youth having no positive qualities whatsoever…and I know that’s not true!
The characters were just not up to scratch and ended up failing miserably. It wasn’t the actors – it was definitely the characters!
If you think of Seann William Scott’s character ( Stifler ) in American Pie and compare it to the characters offered here you’ll see the difference. They try but ultimately they fail ( miserably ).
I’m afraid this just wasn’t my type of thing – maybe it’ll appeal to college students or something, it just won’t ever appeal to me!
Not one I can recommend ( unless you’ve sunk at least 6 beers ).