Project X

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"When the Air Force assigned Jimmy Garrett to a top secret project, he didn't know what he was in for. Neither did they."
  • PG
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 48 min
  • 6.2  (12,700)
  • 61

Project X is a 1987 science fiction movie starring Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, and Willie in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Jonathan Kaplan and revolves around an Air Force pilot named Jimmy Garrett (Matthew Broderick) who is assigned to work with a group of chimpanzees. The initial purpose of the project is to test the effects of radiation on the animals, but Jimmy soon learns that there's more to the project than meets the eye.

Jimmy is tasked with training the chimpanzees to fly planes. The idea is that in the event of a war, the military could use the chimpanzees to fly planes that would be too dangerous for humans to pilot. Jimmy is initially wary of the project, but his curiosity gets the better of him. He becomes close with the chimpanzees and begins to develop a bond with them, particularly with a chimp named Virgil.

As Jimmy spends more time with the animals, he gradually uncovers the truth about the project. He learns that the chimpanzees have been exposed to high levels of radiation, and that their health is deteriorating rapidly. Jimmy becomes determined to save the chimpanzees, but he's up against a military establishment that is more concerned with the success of the project than with the well-being of the animals.

The movie presents a moving commentary on the ethics of animal testing, and the relationship between humans and animals. Jimmy's bond with the chimpanzees is heartwarming, and the film highlights the intelligence and emotional complexity of the animals. The movie also explores questions about the role of the military and the morality of using animals in war.

Matthew Broderick is excellent in the lead role, bringing a sense of empathy and vulnerability to the character. He's particularly impressive in his scenes with the chimpanzees, conveying a deep sense of connection with the animals. Helen Hunt is also great as Teri McDonald, a researcher who assists Jimmy in his efforts to save the chimpanzees.

The film also benefits from strong direction by Jonathan Kaplan. The movie has a somber and reflective tone that matches the gravity of the subject matter. The film's climax is particularly powerful, as Jimmy is forced to make a difficult decision that could have huge repercussions for the chimpanzees.

Overall, Project X is a moving and thought-provoking film that explores important questions about our relationship with animals. It's a testament to the intelligence and emotional complexity of chimpanzees and raises important questions about the ethics of animal testing. The film is held together by strong performances by Broderick and Hunt, and Kaplan's direction gives the movie a somber, reflective tone that perfectly matches the subject matter.

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    6.2  (12,700)
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