Does it seem dated, or does it still work for modern audiences? Militant beings from the distant past, including a T. . Michael John Stockwell is a gifted car mechanic but not much of a student. A teen steals a police patrol car to save a friend in trouble. If he did, he might not have turned it on. Another teen pays some thugs to mess up his rival's car. What he finds is an alien energy device that rips holes in both time and space, infesting the school with everything from dinosaurs to the Viet Cong.
Michael and friend Vince Fisher Stevens unearth an alien engine that had been discovered by the military back in the 1950s. Many scary special effects mimic the images of those roiling paranormal energies enveloping Manhattan in. He has no idea that it belonged to a shot down alien space craft and that it contains not only the power to generate time warps, it can also destroy the world. Writer-director Jonathan Betuel tries to mine some of the same veins as Weird Science and Real Genius all three films were released in 1985 but with less success--mostly due to a slapdash script. Stockwell at 24 and Stevens at 22 both do their best to play high school seniors, but they seem a bit mature for the irresponsible hijinks at the heart of the story. Do you think the government has had actual encounters with aliens? They crash into a road sign, but no one is injured.
Synopsis In this sci-fi comedy, a high school hood, Michael Harlan, procrastinates on his science project until the day before it is due. Dennis Hopper as a hippie-dippie science teacher chews the scenary with gusto--and at one point shows up wearing the costume he wore in Easy Rider. There are plenty of scary effects and violence; younger kids may find it too intense. Kids drive 120 miles per hour to beat alien forces to a power source. Though it's a comedy, you can expect to see shootings, a stabbing, a vicious dinosaur, breaking and entering, vandalism, cigar smoking, and beer drinking. Hopper is over the top as a teacher who longs to get high and to protest something, the way he did back in the '60s. At the last minute, he and his friend Ellie Danielle von Zerneck break into an old Air Force base looking for anything he can dust off and hand in as a project to his ex-hippie teacher.
Hastily seeking to rectify his predicament, the youth begins scouring an abandoned military dump and runs across a strange looking machine with a large crystal orb. Parents need to know that My Science Project is a 1985 fantasy that invokes the spirit of the 1984 hit , this time focusing on the release of uncontrollable alien energies rather than evil paranormal ones. The film veers from being The Breakfast Club to WarGames to Rambo, leaping over plot holes all the way. The writing is simplistic and juvenile, and kids may struggle with its dated look, but there are still a few entertaining moments here. What message does that send about people who try to make change in the world? It's a goofy film, but it could be fun for an '80s-themed family movie night, assuming kids are able to handle the potentially scary moments.
As the hero, John Stockwell is too low-key for his own good, but Danielle Von Zerneck is appealing as his emerging love interest, and Fisher Stevens and Raphael Sbarge do their best to inject some life into the material. There are a few sexual references. Turning it on opens a door to a dangerous time-space warp, threatening life on earth as we know it. Michael learns that friends are more important than cars. He is one science project away from high school graduation, but he still hasn't figured out what that project will be. Faced with not graduating unless he completes his science project, a high school gear-head sneaks into a nearby Air Force base, looking for some gizmo he can pass off as his own invention.
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