The Philadelphia Experiment Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ August 3, 2011
Highly enjoyable adventure which is supposedly based on the real events of 1943 involving the USS Eldridge. Of course there is no evidence to support the stories but the spooky possibility of it all is still fun to think about and actually adds to the films enjoyment.

Yes it looks pretty kooky now with lots of errors and dodgy effects but like many old films that's part of the fun. Actually the effects for the time vortex aren't too bad and the shots of the vortex hole in the sky with lots of swirling cloud around it are quite good still.

The acting is very basic and hokey with chief of cheese Mr Pare and one of the Queens of the 80's Nancy Allen both in a very soppy love plot. Lots of military types running around being ordered by lots of scientist types in white coats...its all very cute.

Its really the perfect boys own adventure with a love interest, daring heroism, mystery and a happy ending which can't fail to make you will also make you wanna jump through time vortexes too.
Super Reviewer
March 3, 2007
Time travel story that's strangely devoid of the usual humour and charm that's associated with this kind of thing. Dull and rather pointless; the similar The Final Countdown is far better.
Super Reviewer
December 4, 2006
Wildly implausible sci-fi tale - good action, romance and, of course, fun.
Super Reviewer
July 17, 2013
Likeable little sci-fi, love story thing.
Super Reviewer
½ October 21, 2009
As sci-fi goes, it's a very good "what if" story which doesn't try to do anything too flashy.
March 5, 2008
An excellent time travel film that manages to get away with some dated and inexpensive-looking effects due to an interesting plot, some well-developed characters and great payoffs for time travel geeks. One of the better time travel films I've seen, one that embraces its B-movie nonsense while staying emotionally true to its characters.
½ October 5, 2009
Rather dated, improbable, stiffly acted, ridiculous at times and the plot is filled with holes, some of them gapingly large, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movie for some reason. I was never bored.
August 3, 2009
This movie's biggest flaw is the absolute and utter lack of acting talent in it's main characters and lack of chemistry between them. It does have an interesting story but the terrible acting just drags it down way too much.
June 8, 2007
A very good premise that wasn't executed properly. A bit dumb at times, but a decent movie. If you're a conspiracy theorist this is a wet dream for you.
½ May 1, 2007
Saliors aboard a destroyer back in WWII are used as a time traveling experiment and as the experiment goes wrong, two sailors jump ship to escape. When they do they are hurled to the 1980's and are forced to find out what happened to their shipmates. During their 80's stay, they are pursued by a back cloud which is the time portal they escaped. Good plot, and a bit of time flip flop but to to confusing. Good movie.
April 3, 2007
A surprisingly good movie starring a somewhat underrated Michael Pare. His second best film next to Eddie and the Cruisers.
March 7, 2007
A good time travel film about a World War II soldiers who travel through time to 1984. Michael Pare and Nancy Allen star in this cult classic film. A great story and great effects.
½ October 17, 2006
Kind of cheesy but also thought provoking and suspenseful. Michael Pare' deserves a special award as one of the best good/bad actors of the 80's
August 10, 2006
Fun 80's sci-fi with the added bonus of the actual experiment really did happen. Details are it is still classified to this day. :-p
June 27, 2014
nice flick that worked pretty well
½ June 25, 2014
A really lame attempt to provide time travel drama that just doesn't make sense. It also has the most out of place knee-jerk anti-authority attitude I've ever seen, with the "hero" flat out killing a Fed who's trying to bring him in. Then twenty minutes later he gets caught anyway and, surprise surprise, it turns out that they were trying to help him get back to where he belonged and save the world. As was pretty obvious from the start. I could understand that attitude if it was a '70s counter-culture hippie that got whipped through time, but this guy is a fairly straight-laced '40s navy brat. Why the automatic assumption that the government is evil?
½ August 3, 2013
A pretty bad movie, bad script, bad acting. In different hands might have worked.
June 25, 2013
Very bad acting! Especially the lead woman from the U.S . Destruction team project! Yuck!
February 22, 2013
An enjoyable bit of make-believe
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