The Manhattan Project (1986)

PG-13   |    |  Sci-Fi, Thriller


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A high school prodigy builds an atomic bomb with stolen plutonium to win the 45th National Science Fair and expose a nuclear weapons lab posing as nuclear medicine in Ithaca NY.

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  • Christopher Collet and Cynthia Nixon in The Manhattan Project (1986)
  • Christopher Collet and Cynthia Nixon in The Manhattan Project (1986)
  • Christopher Collet and Cynthia Nixon in The Manhattan Project (1986)
  • Christopher Collet and Cynthia Nixon in The Manhattan Project (1986)
  • Christopher Collet and Cynthia Nixon in The Manhattan Project (1986)
  • John Lithgow and Christopher Collet in The Manhattan Project (1986)

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18 August 2002 | fineanimal
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| Can't suspend that much disbelief
If the beauty of film is that it encourages us to briefly suspend our disbelief and enjoy experiencing a different world, The Manhattan Project simply demands too much suspension of disbelief to make this possible.

Almost every plot point in The Manhattan Project is an absolute impossibility in real life, even though the dramatic power of this film ostensibly derives from the notion that something remotely like this could really happen. From nuclear radiation triggering detectors without hurting people, to a single rent-a-cop defending an entire nuclear weapons lab, to one teenager doing in a month what took Oppenheimer and company years, to the U.S. military letting national security breaches walk away into the sunset, there is just no way to focus on the story when faced with so many intellectual insults.

On the bright side, the science in the movie is presented well and seems fairly accurate, so it does seem like the filmmakers at least tried to make something special out of an insufficient screenplay. The Manhattan Project is not a terrible movie, but it does suffer from too many inexcusable lapses to be called good. Just like the most realistic character in the movie, this film is a bomb.

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