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Project X is the story of a couple of high school losers composed of Thomas (Thomas Mann), Costa (Oliver Cooper), JB (Jonathan Brown), and Dax (Dax Flame). Ha, I just noticed that everyone used their real names, with exception to Costa. Neat. The gruesome foursome are losers who go to an anonymous high school in Pasadena and are just aching to become popular by any means necessary. Actually, it's the group leader Costa, who wants them to become popular and the only way to do that is throw the biggest and baddest party of all time. It also helps that it's Thomas' birthday, so what a perfect way to try it out than on his special day.
The first part of the film sets up the boys and their middle-upper class existence, typical school day, and them going out to the gangster side of town to collect some "party favors" before burning bridges with their dealer. From there on it's back to Thomas' house to set up for the party. Everyone and anyone are welcome. Unless they are not cool, not hot, and not high school freshmen.
Along the way we are introduced to Kirby (Kirby Bliss Blanton) who likes Thomas, but Thomas is to chicken-shit to make a move, so that bit of awkwardness gets drawn out to the end while the super hot girl gets introduced into the story and makes for a pretty cool plot complication.
I should stop myself right now from continuing on with the basic summary of Project X. There is no need to try and sell it as more than what it is. It's a party movie that has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Okay, I lied. The women are hot and the music rocks! I've read that the Costa character is one of the most hated things about the film due to his crass style. Seriously? I thought he was cool. It's the other pussies that could have brought the film down if Costa wasn't there to steer the ship to course.
I saw Project X at a 21 and over screening (alcohol was served) and it was a great time. When I watched the Blu-ray with some friends, it still remained fun, even more so due to them not having seen it with me at the show. It's the party that we wish we could go to that are never around when you need them. Yeah, yeah, so the neighbors won't be able to sleep, the noise is too much, etc. What do you expect? It's a party movie, not real life. In real life parties like this are held in controlled environments like a hall or club, not in a residential area that can accommodate 1500 people.
Project X should be enjoyed with as many people as possible, but I suspect that if you're in the older demographic, it won't be your kind of movie. Hey, I'm older too, but I still party hard, so a film like this with its out-of-this-world situations should have been around when I was their age.
Anyways, with the Blu-ray you now have TWO ways of living vicariously through our protagonists. There's the rated R theatrical version and there's the #XTENDEDCUT of the film that restores more nudity, sexual, and drug references throughout. I prefer the latter version, with exception to the tacked on end scene with Jillian and Costa. If you haven't seen the film I won't spoil it for you, but I don't think it was in the theatrical version, if memory serves me correctly.
With all that being said, go forth and wreak havoc.
Project X is presented in 1080p, 1.85:1 (16X9) widescreen. Here's a film that plays on the whole "found footage" trend, so don't expect to be blown away by the video presentation. It's like watching a low quality DVD. Contrast is boosted, flesh tones can appear washed out as does the color and whatnot. The only elements that shine are fire (during the flamethrower attack), but other than that, it's a pretty bland video presentation, but that's the aesthetic, I suppose.
Project X is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless surround and it's a reference track, I'll say it now. From the opening track to the relentless onslaught of tracks throughout the film, you will definitely feel like you are one of the many party guests. Dialogue is crystal clear, so you will be able to hear every vulgarity spoken by our main characters as well as the party guests. The LFE is thunderous and really shakes the house when the trance tunes go off. The surround channels handle all of the ambient chatter without a problem. I can still hear the beats in my head. Oontz, oontz, oontz, oontz!
Project X has a couple of useless extras that only get elevated somewhat due the Blu-ray having the theatrical cut of the film and the #xtendedcut of the film, as well. There's a featurette that tallies up the hypothetical damages caused by the out of control party and a really short fluff behind-the-scenes piece.
- Theatrical and #XTENDEDCUT of the film
- Damage tally featurette
- Behind-the-Scenes featurette
Project X is disposable entertainment at its finest. No, there's no message, redemption, or lesson learned in the film. It is what it is: One of the best party movies of all time. Reference audio quality and BOTH cuts of the film highlight an otherwise lackluster Blu-ray release. Party on.