Directed by Nima Nourizadeh and produced by ‘The Hangover’ director Todd Phillips, ‘Project X’ begins with a simple premise. Three teens want to throw an epic 17th birthday party, so that they can escape social obscurity at their school.
Filmed home-video style, this is a comedy that spirals into an epic disaster movie of teenage proportions. I can only assume this is what would happen if the Cloverfield monster invited a few friends round for drinks.
With his naive parents out of town for the weekend, birthday-boy Thomas (Thomas Mann) allows his overly confident friend Costa (Oliver Cooper) to invite a few people – 50 maximum, to his house party. Along with their token chubby pal JB (Jonathan Brown), they set about securing booze, drugs and condoms for a night of hedonistic debauchery.
Before long, over 1500 party revellers have flooded Thomas’s garden and street. Chaos ensures (despite the best efforts of the security), and things, quite literally, go tits up.
There is however little to be had in the way of character development, or indeed plot. The home-video style also seems redundant at times, as elaborate underwater shots make the concept seem unlikely. The chances are though, that you’ll be too caught up in the chaos, ball-shots, taser guns, nudity and flamethrowers to care.
If ‘Project X’ was a holiday, it’d be a trip to Las Vegas. It’s morally corrupt, without limits, touts a disregard for the law and leaves you feeling a little bit dirty. But that doesn’t stop it from being one hell of a ride (especially if you have a weakness for midget jokes).
A guilty pleasure, this film won’t be to everyone’s tastes. But then, they probably wouldn’t get an invite to the party anyway...
Review by: Mark O'Connell
Date: 29th February 2012
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