Review of Project X (2012)

5 Apr

Project X (2012) is a comedy/something/nothing film, which is filmed in the popular “found footage” style.

Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, who prior to this has worked as a music video director.

Written by Matt Drake (Tully (2000)) and Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), 21 Jump Street (2012)).

Starring: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies and others.

I really don’t know what to say about this movie, I had fun, but on the other hand it’s not a good movie. And I don’t mean it in a so-bad-it’s-good way.

First of all the technical aspect. It was only a matter of time before they would start making found footage movies in other genres. But the problem here is that it is a total gimmick. The camera man is intentionally a non-interactive character. The whole point of handing the camera to a character is that we are presented a subjective view of the events, but here since the character doesn’t show any attitude and the other characters treat him as just a camera, it becomes pointless to use this trick. There are points where other characters use Flip cameras or other handheld cameras and they actually serve a purpose and I really don’t see why that couldn’t just be inserted into a traditionally filmed movie. I didn’t for a second feel the illusion of this being an actual „found footage”. I’d call it MTV’s found footage, where you get crystal clear sound in the midst of a thousand people party and music cuts off immediately after something sudden happens and has various party-dance montages (not surprising given the director).

It is marketed as „Superbad on crack”, which is true in the sense that the three main characters are the same ones from Superbad, they also want to get chicks and all, but here they lose sight of any sense of morality or responsibility.

After it all the main characters remark, that it was the most epic party ever and they think it was worth it. No, it wasn’t. Although the consequences of this party are just thrown in there, like an afterthought. At the end of the movie the main character has destroyed his future and bankrupted his parents in one night. What does he get out of this? He gets the girl. He gets the girl, who has been his friend since childhood and he could’ve gotten her at any point anyway. I have no sympathy for him.

I just don’t like people who are so afraid to be different, that they would do anything to fit in. Ok, maybe I don’t understand it, because I have never been the kid others make fun of, I have never tried to pretend to be someone I’m not to fit in and so on, but trust me, being an interesting person gets you better friends than a huge party.

I felt sorry for the guys parents, but then again the father was a total douchebag. At the beginning of the movie he calls his son a loser and in the end is a bit proud of him. Well, if you think that your son becoming a successful, normal person is worth less than him throwing a huge party, banging chicks and whatever, then fuck you, you deserve it all.

I don’t want to go in all the details of what is wrong with this movie, but just know that this was really an epic party, with some hilarious moments of a midget punching balls and various finger-banging techniques explained, so if you just switch you’re brain off for the duration of it, you might enjoy it.

Overall, I had fun watching it, it’s a spectacle alright, but although I laughed at most of the jokes, I also felt depressed because it might be one of the most juvenile movies I’ve ever seen. If you like sex-comedies, recommended, if not, don’t bother. Project X is like some really hardcore porn, you watch it and think “oh, yeah, that’s awesome!”, but if it really came (no pun intended) to it, you’d be like “nah, I’ll pass”.

"I seem to have wondered into the wrong movie. Could've sworn it said "Project X" on the door."

5 Responses to “Review of Project X (2012)”

  1. Aloha Mister Hand April 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Good post!
    I thought this movie looked so dumb, as if kids aren’t stupid enough already, let’s give them some more ideas! Haha, wow!

    • karlails April 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Thanks. Actually that is a good point. People keep blaming horror movies for inspiring real life violence (which is bullshit), but they don’t care about movies like this, after which, I bet a lot of teenagers are going “That was so awesome, I so wanna throw a party!”.

      • Aloha Mister Hand April 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

        Exactly! So true, it’s just another stupid bullshit double standard…good thing we know the difference!

        • karlails April 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

          “Yeah! Damn those double standarts!” I said, as I was chopping someone up with a machete, while wearing a hockey mask.

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