Date: 12 August 2012 – Classic Rock Radio (UK)
Uncle G’s FUN Movie Reviews
Spotlight: The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)
By Gary “Uncle G” Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (UK)
My wife did me a solid and taped this for me. Syfy original Saturday Night Movie. I thought it was a nice gesture on her part. Between us, I honestly wasn’t that interested, before she did that.
I remember the hype from when the original Big Hollywood movie came out. That was back in the year, 1984. I finally watched the film on late-night cable TV, many years later, and really only because actress Nancy Allen was in it. I always thought she was hot. Not that I’d drink her bath water. Played a lot of meaty roles over the years. Loved her in Robocop (1987), and many others.
I believe our recorder for TV shows and such, can only store so much. So it’s not unlimited space. Yet at the same time, we can still archive a boatload of stuff. I do have around 40 episodes of Tales From The Darkside housed. This is the 1980s TV anthology series that had “Night of the Living Dead” director George Romero’s involvement in it. What I taped aired on Syfy Channel, around last Christmas. I’ll watch them all in one sitting (haha), one of these days. Better to view it in the evening. And speaking of the Syfy Channel, it’s…
So about halfway into this new Philadelphia Experiment, I realized I was seriously digging it. Sitting at the edge of my seat. I bet I liked this more than I did the theatrical release. For that, well done!! Very impressive! Compliments of a solid story, visuals, and like-able acting.
Wasn’t I surprised when actor Malcolm McDowell popped into the story? The role is more akin to a cameo. One day’s work for the actor (I’m guessing). As usual, Mr. McDowell plays his part, very well. I liked the character. Malcolm’s performance was a tad cheesy. Goes with the flow of things, so yet another well-done role on Mr. McDowell’s resume’.
Nicholas Lea did a good job in the starring role. He did a few episodes on V when they tried reviving that sci-fi series, not that long ago. He’s better known for portraying the character Alex Krycek on “The X-Files”.
Playing Lea’s granddaughter was actress Emilie Ullerup. She did a bang-up job as well.
Time travel, good (if not at times carried away) acting, and a storyline that didn’t raise too many questions you couldn’t enjoy. Add to that cool TV effects. In other words, if this was a BIG Hollywood film, I’d expect the looks to stand out even more. Seeing how this was more along the lines of a movie of the week style TV flick, I think they did damn well. Directed by Paul Ziller. Written by Andy Briggs. Music by Michael Neilson.
Using the famous one to a ten-star system, I’d give the Syfy Channel’s action/adventure flick, The Philadelphia Experiment, 8 solid stars.
In closing, not a bad way to spend a Saturday night. Thanks to my better half. I owe you one.
Official Trailer – The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)
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