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In 'The Philadelphia Experiment', a secret government research project tries reviving the World War II "Philadelphia Experiment," which was an attempt to create a cloaking device to render warships invisible. When the experiment succeeds, it brings back the original ship (the Eldridge) that disappeared during the first test in 1943 - which brings death and destruction to the 21st century. It's up to the sole survivor (Lea) of the first experiment and his granddaughter (Ullerup) to stop it. Written by
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Scientists in 2012 try to renew a 1940s experiment in Philadelphia that made a US Navy Warship, The USS Eldridge DE 173 disappear and reappear at will. The purpose in the early 1940s experiment was to create a cloaking device so that mines would not "see" the ship (remember, we were at war at this time).
In this movie, the scientists use a late model car for the experiment to see if they can cloak it. The problem occurs when the generators at the facility link to the generators on the Eldridge and make it appear and disappear. We are told in here that the Eldridge had completely disappeared back in the 1940s. In this movie, the Eldridge appears on a local airfield, on top of a building in Chicago, in a desert. and later back at the facility where we started (but we knew that would happen, right? Work with me).
Many including our government say the Philadelphia Experiment was a hoax. Go to Wikipedia and read up on everything.
But, here we are dealing with a movie produced and shown for our entertainment. And, very entertaining it was. Of course, this is not a comedy but some Hollywood comedic techniques (silly and stupid) are used. Witness the contractors in charge of this experiment who want to bomb the ship to stop its jumping to other locations causing panic and destruction. The ship is protected by an electrical shield that cannot be penetrated. See, silly and stupid in trying to bomb it.
Nicholas Lea as Bill Gardner is the key to the resolution of this problem and he does a fine job. Gardner was the Navy Lieutenant aboard the Eldridge when it started jumping from location to location. Nice to see Malcolm McDowell as Morton Salinger, one of the original scientists back in the 1940s ; and he is always a welcome sight in any movie. Ryan Robbins as Faulkner, the only sane, logical scientist who headed the experiment does an outstanding job in trying to do the right thing. Gina Holden as Kathryn Moore, the evil head of the contractors and she was totally evil (good job at it though). Emilie Ullerup as Molly, Bill Gardner's granddaughter, who uses a computer to help unravel Salinger's solution to the problem. And, then there is Michael Pare as Hagan, the contractor's hit man so to speak. Mr. Pare was one of the stars in the original 1984 movie of the same title, but in here he is a bad guy. Bummer.
The pacing is just right and the acting performances of all is quite good.
Oh, just so you know, hoax or not, the government gave the Eldridge to the Greek Royal Navy and its new designation is: HNS Leon D-54 . Hey, I looked it up.
You may enjoy the scene at the end when Molly enters her house and asks if anyone is home. (7/10)
Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.
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