Project London (2013)
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Save the World? It's All a Matter of Will
Arizona Higgins (Josh Truax) is in a desperate battle against the giant automatons sent from the evil Joint Command, who invaded Earth for experiments. He is defending his son, Nebraska, who was showing his little brother, Chris (Bryan Hanner), where he works when he is set upon by the machines sent to capture him. In a final act, Nebraska exerts a force that destroys the machines, and also himself in the process. He manages to escape, but is captured anyway. A mysterious woman (Jennifer Page) posts his bail, and they coincidentally meet up in a bar. The people who are after Nebraska catch up with him, but manages to escape with the woman. She takes him to a group of people called the London Resistance, where she explains what is actually going on, and why Nebraska is important to their cause.
PROJECT LONDON, a zero-budget sci-fi actioner based on an original idea by Ian Hubert, is an ambitious film years in the making. Funded solely by crowdsourcing, the film features dazzling visual effects, rivalling anything out of Cupertino Valley. The visuals are seamlessly integrated into the action, and they look truly organic.
But the film is not about eye-popping special effects, but of the story and the characters. We have Nebraska, son of Arizona, who were part of alien experiments that gave them electro-telekinetic powers. There is Xing Xing Fix (Page), a loose cannon who can think on her feet, Benin Belabora (Geoffery Simmons), the planner of the group. And then there's Jerry (Branson Anderson), a gas-masked mute, who possesses unique powers, and has zero concept of personal space. The nasties are spearheaded by Chicago (John Fantasia) the leader of the red-tied Joint Command.
Story-wise, the action is very fast-paced; frenetic would be a better word, and in the beginning of the film, kind of hard to keep up with. But once you settle into story, get into the visuals, and process the exposition, the action keeps up the same pace, but you, as the viewer, can settle in and enjoy the action. And the action keeps up all the way to the very end.
On my personal rating scale of with "5" being drop everything and see the movie now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the movie staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "4.5," using my Patented Bell Curve for Independent Films. PROJECT LONDON is a film whose quality belies its non-existent budget. It is dazzling, with a likable cast that pulls you into the story, and takes you on their adventure. It is playing at several film festivals at this time, and this reviewer sincerely hopes PROJECT LONDON gets the theatrical release it deserves.
The film is unrated, but is geared for a PG-13 demographic. It has zero sex, nudity, language but some mild violence. If you are lucky enough to catch it at a festival - go.
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