The Manhattan Project
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A generic recipe for any decent movie might run along these lines: Take some interesting and/or sympathetic characters, put them in a situation that challenges them and their attitudes, and see what they do. Here we have the light-hearted high school genius (who stumbles upon a secret nuclear weapons lab in his town, and wonders what to do about it); his socially-conscious political-activist girlfriend; and a government scientist for whom ultra-purification of Plutonium is an abstract, intellectual challenge (until he finds himself in a situation where the end product might kill actual people that he knows).
People who dislike this movie generally have a complaint either with its plausibility, or its tone. OK, plausibility first. The weapons lab is "hidden in plain sight." An obvious high security presence would call unwanted attention to it; instead, it is disguised as a medical facility. (When I was in high school, my band teacher had some tape recorders that he used for students to record and listen to themselves in the practice room, etc. He kept these thrown in a big cardboard box, right out in the open, and each unit had scrawled on it: BROKEN. Not a single one was ever stolen. Same strategy here.) And the techniques that our young student hero uses to break into the lab are all well-established earlier in the film, including the fact that he can throw a mean Frisbee.
Yes, it requires some suspension of disbelief, but no more so than most other movies. At least an attempt is made to explain the events and make them seem logical.Read more ›
It's why I watched it, because of there version of the story.
When it gets to the night they start, it really draws you in, until the end.
Thriller meter 3/3
High energy meter 3/3
Suspense meter 3/3
Story meter 3/3
Only in a movie.
How does a simple home and family spawn such a child. Capable of knowledge that doesn't exist in real life. The era it takes place, showed signs of Departments ability to track activity, With video surveillance today, really shuts this behavior down, unless they live on a farm in the middle of no where.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review is about the 2016 DVD release from Kino Lorber specifically. While it's a no-frills release only having a theatrical trailer and subtitle options, the quality of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles
Pretty solid film, actually. A bit fanciful, a bit smart-alecky, a bit witty, and sufficiently dramatic. Definitely re-watchable if you own it.Published 2 months ago by John S Harris
High school teen takes a stand against injustice by building a nuclear bomb... what's not to love?Published 6 months ago by David W Andolina
Loved it as a kid when it came out and still love it.... and still relevant.Published 11 months ago by Nathan J. Bargar
The Manhattan Project is an excellent movie which developed characters, and an interesting plot. Well done.Published 13 months ago by Online shopper
One of my most favorite old movies! I loved it so much, I tracked down the propmaker, and tried to buy it!! (He still has it but declined. Partypooper). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Shawn Hughes
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