Thursday, January 10, 2013
Project X (2012)
"This is an Asylum Film."
It's hard to believe that Superbad came out over five years ago. The story of three high schoolers who set out to party and get laid. Oh, wait... Project X... This review is for Project X. The story of three high schooler who set out to party and get laid. This feels like The Asylum pulling a mockbuster and ripping off Superbad, over five years too late. The plot is almost similar. Main character is an awkward nerdy type who is setting out to lose his virginity. Then you have the annoying type, but wait, they switched it around! The fat annoying character in Superbad is the somewhat chubby kid from New York! It's the perfect switch! And on top of that, they'll have the fat kid be more like the McLovin' character!
I'm being harsh on the film. But, there is some laughs. The film was not as funny as the trailers made it out to be. You can only push the same footage so many times before it becomes flat. I know that, because I did that. The few laughs here and there gave me some enjoyment, but, if you're looking for a better movie, watch Superbad. Movie gets a 2.5/5.
Presented in 1.85 along with some various other aspect ratios to make it feel like it's from multiple cameras, Project X sports an almost flawless HD transfer. However, when we go to a different aspect ratio, quality drops drastically. Police car cameras, cellphone cameras, and various other B-roll shots bring the quality down, like how B-roll footage brought down the video in Piranha 3DD. That's probably about two to five minutes total of the ninety minutes. I cannot complain with how the majority of the film looks. Video gets a 4/5.
Project X has the film in English DTS-HD MA 5.1. With the English audio, it's pretty good and vibrant, whenever it's the main HD footage that was shot from the group's camera operator. Whenever it changes cameras, the quality changes. Just like with the video. Audio gets a 4.5/5.
Only feature on here is "The Pasadena Three". A small behind the scenes the featurette where it talks about the casting and how Todd Phillips and the crew set up a website to find the actors for the film. Not really that great. Extra gets a .5/5.
If it wasn't for the few laughs that I had here and there throughout the film, the rating would be much lower. This feels like a recent Asylum film where it's a found footage film. You'd think that if you had a film produced from Todd Phillips who directed The Hangover, you'd get a better film. I only paid $4 for this on Black Friday. Don't pay more than that for this film. 3/5.