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The Manhattan Project
My Rating:
(out of 5 stars)
3 Stars
The Manhattan Project Poster
Primary Location: First Saw:On Video Saw at/with: With Jessica
Rating: PG-13 Year: 1986 Category: Drama
Director: Marshall Brickman Time: 117 min. Writer: Thomas Baum & Marshall Brickman

Mine: Good cast elivates a routine story. The kids are fun and Lithgow is good as always.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis: Precocious teenager breaks into top-secret plant, steals some plutonium, and builds his own nuclear reactor, ostensibly to make a point but also to show off. Slick, extremely well-acted film is blatantly irresponsible and has us cheering for the kid as he outwits the dopey grownups and nearly blows up the world!
User Reviews:
Mauricio A.'s rating:
4 Stars
(out of 5 stars)
I'm surprised how few people have heard of The Manhattan Project. I first remember my mom rented it for me some time ago as I was a science buff and thought I'd appreciate it. Well appreciate it I did, and being someone who has a strange fascination with nuclear weaponry, I thought, hey, this is great! Although the storyline is pretty much 100% improbable (plutonium is INFINITELY more well guarded than it was shown to be in the movie), the general facts was close to what one should be according to unclassified docs (the moviemakers did their research) but only a weirdo like me would pick this out).

Let's not talk about me. John Lithgow was great in this movie, typical quirky style showed through, and it was onee of the first movies I saw John Lithgow in (I think the first was 2010). I never saw Christopher Collet again, but I believe Cynthia Nixon (his girlfriend Jenny in the movie) is in a show now.

The acting wasn't bad, IMO, and although I ain't too picky, I actually didn't think it was bad at all. If you're a geek and you like geeky movies, this one's for you. It's actually fun, and if you're not too picky about facts, then it will be pretty cool.
If you are one of those "we want to know where our tax dollars are going" kind of persons (like me!) then watch The Manhattan Project as it's nice to see the 'bad guy' come out on top (at least for a while) and actually get around to investigating his suspicions and finding out the truth.

Mauricio A.
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