Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Stars: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Brady Hender, Nick Nervies, Alexis Knapp
Listen to a rough sketch of the plot and you’ll hardly raise an eyebrow: A trio of high-school losers – shy, nominal hero Thomas (Mann), motormouthed enabler Costa (Cooper) and chubby hanger-on JB (Brown) – decide to throw a ‘game-changer’ of a house party when the parents go away. How, then, does Project X, as generic as its title sounds, somehow raise the roof, even incinerate it? The movie pushes its reckless rager into an apocalyptic fury, with suburban blocks on fire, property damage in the millions and riot cops fleeing. Amazingly, the story is based on a real 2008 event from Australia.
It’s a style of anarchy that can be thrilling in itself; Project X bears the Blair Witch handheld stamp, shot by its participants, which adds to the YouTubeness of it all. Make no mistake: these kids have zero agenda save awesomeness, popularity and getting with that hot, topless girl. So ascribe a dollop of Occupy Wall Street rage to the film at your own risk. The brainless reality is a lot scarier. Deeply irresponsible, this a film that will give parents seizures – and give teens a big old smile. Joshua Rothkopf
Weekly box office: Dhs1,217,396
Weekly admissions: 30,517
Total box office: Dhs1,217,396
Total admissions: 30,517