Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Miles Teller, Nichole Bloom, Alexis Knapp, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dax Flame
Directed By: Nima Nourizadeh
Found footage films are everywhere nowadays. You have alien monsters attacking New York, ghosts haunting couples, devils possessing girls and even boys discovering supernatural powers. In the same vein of the cinema verite style of first person POV, Project X joins the league of these films- except, it’s one crazy, insane, ridiculous, ludicrous, epic party.
Exaggerated? Yes. But this movie is everything and anything over the top. If you remember, a story from Australia came out regarding a house party gone bad when about a couple thousand kids came showing up because a of public invite from Facebook. The film follows high school friends Thomas (Thomas Mann), JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) and Costa (Oliver Cooper) on a mission to having the best damn party you could ever think of. At school, they’re ignored and considered as wallflowers. But all is to change during Thomas’ 17th birthday. His parents will be on an anniversary vacation. And Costa, ever the innocently obnoxious friend, secretly sends out massive texts throughout school.
The house progressively turns into a massive riot. It could potentially be the biggest block party in California. Guests seem to be pouring in. Drinks are bottomless. Drugs are highly accessible. And these kids are at the peak of their hormonal rages and party-mode energy. What happens in the party is a display of insane celebratory proportions. Two DJ’s are situated across each other in the backyard and the booze just keeps on pumping the crowd.
Director Nima Nourizadeh is incredible at showcasing every single ridiculousness possible going on. The stunts and effects are as real as it can get. They document the film like it’s an actual party. Reports say that DJ Jesse Marco was spinning even when the film isn’t rolling, potentially explaining high doses of energy the movie contains.
The plot is that simple. What makes this movie interesting are the three main kids. They never seem to be the most popular nor the biggest losers. They can disappear in the crowd easily. The comedy comes from the aggressive and pleasant ways in which they try to come off cooler. In one instance, Thomas freaks out when people start trashing and partying inside the house. A bus full of girls and the popular kids come parading in- forcing him to disregard his earlier feelings. Thomas Mann is a natural actor. Considering he didn’t really need to have a wide range for this role, he makes his dialogue and actions feel very natural. Everyone involved in the film succeed in making this movie feel authentic and fun. At times, you want to be part of the party. I guess that’s what the director wants from his audience. It’s nowhere close to “Superbad” but it’s a damn good party to experience.
*** (3 Stars)