I really like the idea behind this movie, a group of geniuses gatheredtogether to solve the world's problems not for the credit, but becauseits the right thing to do. It was interesting to see Kellie Martin takeon the adult role. She did well, but that makeup job made her look likeshe was pushing 40 and she's only 34. Patricia Richardson was good, butunderutilized. Same for LeVar Burton. The special effects were reallyawesome. There were a couple of things that bugged me. While I realizeit was necessary, all that science talk would start to lose me attimes. The other was for the guy that played Edwin. When they arerunning the experiments on the nanobot, and the Asian guy keeps messingwith the test subject's heart by first lowering it, and then making itgo really fast, Edwin objects to it seeming to indicate that he's not akiller. However, when it's placed in Brody, he seems to have no problemwith letting him die if need be. Overall, though I did really enjoy it.It's a good movie to sit down and watch with the family, and not haveto worry about it being overly violent, with lots of bad language, andsexual content.User: mpgmpg123
I disagree with some of the other reviewers here. I watched this lastnight and hope it turns into a series. It was very cute, very light, anice family TV movie in the spirit of Spy Kids. Was it the greatestthing I have ever seen, no. Was it the worst thing, no. It was nice tosee TV vets Patricia Richardson and LeVar Burton, 33 years now sinceRoots, believe it or not. Kellie Martin is a bit young to play themother of teen ager, but she did it very well as always. She alwaysshows class and grace in her roles and did very well in this cutefamily movie. It is what they refer to as a "back door" pilot and so ifit did well they might turn it into a series. It would be betterprobably as a series of TV movies, similar to Mystery Woman, anotherMartin series. Nice to see something family oriented nowadays.User:
I thought that the movie was entertaining. I have read the otherreviews and I do agree with some of the things. The technical termscould be toned down. I was mostly happy to see Kellie Martin again. Itwas good to see some faces that I have not seen before. I guess thatyou would have to like fantasy/sci-fi to enjoy this movie. It is agreat family show and I guess it could be easily be made more appealingto older audiences. I was a little annoyed with all of the Wal-Mart andXbox commercials. I do not go to Wal-Mart, nor do I have an Xbox. IfNBC does make it into a series they will have to make some adjustments.I hope that at least a part two is created.User: vchimpanzee
At the start of the movie, Brody and Samantha are flying a plane overNew York City. One gets the impression they're not supposed to be doingthis.
Let's back up a few days. Claire is a teacher, but at one time shedesigned a revolutionary technology called "nanobots", tiny computerswhich could be used by one person to control the body of another. Veryvaluable to the military--for both sides. You wouldn't want to be asoldier if the enemy had the technology and could use it on you.
But Edwin disapproved of the quality of Claire's work and she was outof the program, known as The Jensen Project. Now she's married topediatrician and immunologist Matt (who was also in The JensenProject), and they have a teenage son Brody who is a genius like hisparents. You won't believe how his technological expertise allows himto skip school (but not without consequences when he's found out!) Andwhat he does when on his own is similar to playing video games, butmuch more advanced. He doesn't hate learning; he's just bored in atraditional education environment.
Ingrid shows up with shocking news. Edwin has quit The Jensen Projectand destroyed evidence his work. He is now developing nanobottechnology for the enemy, who communicates with him through Mr. Cho.That's not to say he wants to be evil, but Mr. Cho has terrible thingsplanned for Edwin if he doesn't obey.
Only two people can save the world now! Guess who they are? NaturallyBrody comes along, and while exploring this fantastic secretinstallation he meets Samantha, a brilliant teenage scientist who hasbeen on her own for years. Possible romance? Maybe.
The action gets pretty exciting, for a family movie. Maybe I shouldn'tsay action, because it's not that much of an action movie. However,there are moral dilemmas that must be dealt with or the world is inserious trouble.
This is a family film. There are a few scenes of unethical testing ofharmful technology. And, yes, even Brody is put in jeopardy. Butthere's nothing that serious here. A little minor violence here andthere.
The acting isn't particularly outstanding, but it's okay. Alyssa Diazis the standout as the genius teen with an attitude. I was a littledisappointed in Patricia Richardson because in her first scene she hasthe personality of a robot. She develops emotions fairly quickly andimproves for the most part, though. That's the only real weakness Icould see.
Kellie Martin sure looks young to be a teenager's mother--except whereher facial expressions and the lighting show off her wrinkles. Well, atleast we know she hasn't had work done. Her hair and clothes are quitepretty, and sometimes her face is too. She does a good job acting.
The real achievement here is visual effects. No computer screens--theinformation just hangs in the air. People walk through walls and evenfireplaces. And there's plenty more. Nothing groundbreaking, I'm sure,on a TV-movie budget, but interesting to watch all the same.
It was worth seeing.
Everything was so fake. The dialogue sounded fake and they mentioncorny technology names too often. Not to give anything away, but Ifound it ridiculous that they had so much advanced technology, and thewhole plot is saved by a simple device that everyone uses now.
Only watch it if you want some laughs at how ridiculous it is.
Out of ten stars, I would give it a, 2/10
One other thing bad about the movie: The Sound mixing was terrible.There was music constantly playing but it was not balanced with thedialogue so it was very difficult to understand what they were sayingat times.
My ratings out of 5:
Acting 1/5 (only for Kellie Martin)
Dialogue 0/5 (never mind how infernally fast actors spoke when dealingwith comic-book technology so we couldn't understand)
Set design 3/5
I quit after about 40 minutes. Pathetic and ghastly and manipulative.Too much speed-talking. Too much background music (bad pop) for whoknows what reason. The premise was quite good. The execution was as badand as cynical as it could be.