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The Phoenix Project (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 16 January 2015 (USA)
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Four scientists craft a machine to reanimate deceased organisms.

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Tyler Graham Pavey (as Tyler Pavey)

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Tyler Graham Pavey (as Tyler Pavey)
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Corey Rieger ... Perry Frank
Andrew Simpson Andrew Simpson ... Devin Fischer
David Pesta David Pesta ... Ampersand Garner
Orson Ossman ... Carter Watts
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Four scientists craft a machine to reanimate deceased organisms.

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The end is just the beginning

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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English

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16 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Проект Феникс See more »

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The Ironwood Gang See more »
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The film was shot in 19 days. See more »

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Instead of the usual animal cruelty disclaimer, the last line of the credits states "Two animals were saved in the making of this film." See more »

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Putting the Science back in Science Fiction
17 February 2015 | by Drive-in_ZeppelinSee all my reviews

I love me a slow, dull movie where the characters are more concerned with just standing around talking about things rather than having big action sequences. No I'm being completely serious, I love my sci-fi long and drawn out with a haunting indie score. Just look at Solaris or Stalker.

Not a movie meant for your average movie-goer though

The Phoenix Project is a modern day homage to Frankenstein and one that would make Mary Shelley proud. It's exactly what I needed to in a low budget sci-fi and one that will leave you feeling a little hollow but encapsulated by its bleakness.

When four scientists move into a home to begin a project of raising the dead via their ingenious machine, tensions flare as the project becomes more about personal ambitions, career obsessions and underlying motivations rather than simply breathing new life into a dead mouse. Directed by Tyler Pavey, this film as previously mentioned isn't flashy. You'll get no scenes akin to Dr. Frankenstein screaming 'IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! MY GOD IT'S ALIVEEEEEEEEEE!'. You'll get no monster terrorizing the countryside.You'll get four dudes doing science in a garage and you'll like it consarnit!

This movie is concerned with the relationships between the scientists as they deal with the frustrations of scientific advancement, the tensions associated with limited grant money and getting their tests exactly right, and most importantly the flair of temperaments from living in such close proximity to each other throughout the project.

I believe the alternative title is something like 'Technology with unexpected consequences' and that's basically the best way to summarize the film. It's a film that questions morality in scientific advancement and reveals the unintended ramifications of trying to blaze new trails.

Decently acted, the four main characters show extreme levels of chemistry on screen as the story waxes and wanes through collusion, comradery, and eventually collapse. The story is character development at its finest as we see a spectrum of emotions from all four scientists as they each have to confront their personal demons and are pushed to the brink in order to achieve immortality both in terms of their scientific contributions and more literally with the success of their reanimation project.

If you like minimalist science fiction you'll love this film. If you adored the story of Frankenstein for reasons other than the monster you'll love this film. It's a character driven plot with masterful levels of human drama and it all takes place in a 2,500 sqft home. I encourage you to watch the credits in their entirety and just let that level of creepiness sink in if you still wish it were more like Frankenstein.

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