The Philadelphia Experiment
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2 Stars as a so-called remake
The 2012 SyFy Channel Original movie "The Philadelphia Experiment" has one major factor working against it. It is called "The Philadelphia Experiment" to associate it with the popular 1984 feature film of the same name. People expecting a modern version of the older film will likely be unsatisfied with this interpretation. Why? In regards to story, the movies are quite different. They are linked through the title and the principle themes only (although Michael Pare, star of the original, pops in for a brief role). Furthermore, this is a television production that lacks the big budget finesse and effects that might be associated with a feature film. That's the negative. And most of the backlash and vitriol I've heard about this film stems from these two components. However, if you frequently watch SyFy fare, I'd like to defend this production as one of their more sophisticated efforts. It still might not be a terrific movie by conventional standards. But compared to other films on the network, it is much better than you might expect. If they had released it with an alternate title, I think it might have been received far more favorably.
In case you don't know, The Philadelphia Experiment refers to an actual WWII project. In the simplest terms, the theory was that you could affect a ship at its molecular level using radiation and gravity to make it invisible. I'm no scientist, however, so please don't berate me for this rather simplistic explanation. It is rumored that a real battleship met with disastrous results under this program and it has subsequently been covered up by governmental agencies.Read more ›
In modern times, a private company contracted to the military recreates the magnetic flux from the first experiment (actually I thought it was radar, but who cares). They managed to make the WWII destroyer appear in Pennsylvania. Lt. Bill Gardner from 1943 (Nicholas Lea) leaves the ship in 2012...in the same town where he lived. His granddaughter's boyfriend happens to enter the ship and get trapped on it. This coincidence was less believable than the magnetic field which can transport huge objects through space and time. Oh BTW for some poorly explained reason, the government wants Bill dead which leads to ridiculous conflict between people who both want to make the problem go away.
The special effects were CG and at times worse than others. The film incorporates the myth the men were trapped inside metal bulkheads. Bill adjusts to modern times fairly well, something they could of had more fun with, if they hired a comedy writer.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
The, 55-year-old, BAD guy in THIS movie has "bulked-up", and actually looks better
than his 1943-counterpart in the 1984 movie. All-in-all, the Computer Generated
Special Effects in a mini-budget TV-special cannot --- fairly --- be compared with
even ONE minute of seamless CGI in a 10 Minute Preview of "Men In Black 3".
While the rendering of the ship was devoid of barnacles and running-rust, it was
an entertaining "what-if" with the required TWIST of time and space at the finale.
I own BOTH films. Got a Blu-Ray double disc case, cut the liner for the DVD down to
fit in the BLUE box. Both of THESE keeper-movies are together --- for ALL time.
I enjoyed BOTH of these better than, for example, The Philadelphia Experiment 2.
I am pleased with my purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting theory to what could have happened if this experiment had gone both ways, and I enjoyed the So well I bought it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Michael P. Reed Sr.
Interesting variation on the original. The original's star Michael Pare (who played the hero David Herdeg), plays a rather despicable guy in the new version.Published 13 days ago by Red
Don't blame this stinker on a low budget. True artists can shine even on a shoestring.
Bad writing, directing, acting, costuming, makeup, Shaky-Cam™—about the only way I... Read more
Some films just shouldn't be re-made, however Hollywood seldom agrees with that statement. In the case of the Philadelphia Experiment, there was oddly a consensus not to remake it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Todd Smith
Pretty good movie. You don't have to but I suggest you watch the old movie first for some back story. Also, I liked the old movie better (1984).Published 2 months ago by deliwelipeli
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