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The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Nicholas Lea ... Bill Gardner
Michael Paré ... Hagan
Ryan Robbins ... Richard Falkner
Emilie Ullerup ... Molly Gardner
Gina Holden ... Kathryn Moore
John Reardon ... Deputy Carl Reed
Malcolm McDowell ... Morton Salinger
Marsha Regis ... Rami
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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 SyFy Official Press Release

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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »






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28 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Malcolm McDowell and Michael Paré have previously co-starred together in two sci-fi movies: Roland Emmerich's action thriller Moon 44 (1990) and Peter Jackson's drama 2103: The Deadly Wake (1997). See more »


When originally aired on Syfy, every instance of a character saying "Damn it!" was closed captioned as "Damming!" without exception. See more »


Remake of The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) See more »


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Better Than I Expected
30 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Decent remake of the 1984 film mainly just takes the basic plot and takes it into a new direction so those who loved the original movie and its love story can rest easy. In this version, a government agency is doing work on the original Philadelphia Experiment when something goes wrong and the ship Eldridge ends up floating around in time. The sole survivor (Nicholas Lea) ends up getting off the ship in 2012 and teams up with his granddaughter (Emilie Ullerup) to try and find out what's going on and how to stop it. I actually thought that the first hour of this film was better than anything in the original movie but sadly the final thirty-minutes start to go overboard but in the end we're still left with a fairly impressive movie and especially considering it aired on SyFy. What I enjoyed most about the first half is simply the confusion of the Bill Gardner character as he tries to figure out what went wrong in the 1943 experiment and how it has gotten him placed in 2012. I thought the early scenes between him and his granddaughter were quite entertaining and I thought the action scenes that followed with the two were well directed. The problem happens when the super secret government people start to show up with murder in their eyes and this is when the first loses its brain and fall off track. I'd say the superhuman powers that Gardner receives is also something that didn't work too well. I thought both Lea and Ullerup were extremely good in their roles and their performances made the film all the more enjoyable. Malcolm McDowell has a quite cameo but is a lot of fun and the original star Michael Pare is also on hand here so that should thrill fans of the 1984 film. I had just watched the original film days before this one and I said that the material was so strong that it really needed a bigger budget to fully capture everything it could. That didn't really happen with this movie as there's still something better that could come from the material but this here is still worth viewing.

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