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  • Summary: It's Steve's birthday, and things can't seem to get better. After receiving a much awaited promotion, Steve returns home expecting to find his wife Alexandra and his two children waiting to surprise him. Instead, he discovers an abandoned house and a mysterious video tape that he is forcedIt's Steve's birthday, and things can't seem to get better. After receiving a much awaited promotion, Steve returns home expecting to find his wife Alexandra and his two children waiting to surprise him. Instead, he discovers an abandoned house and a mysterious video tape that he is forced to watch. (Film Movement) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 90
    Incredible because for a 100 minute movie, Alexandra's Project passes like 30. Incredible also that most of those 100 minutes take place in a single living room. It's the tension and performances that pull you through, never letting your attention stray from what's going down on-screen.
  2. Actress Helen Buday is coolly persuasive in the seesaw role of an unbalanced housewife who jerks from despair to anger.
  3. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    The punishment seems out of all proportion to the "crimes" committed, so that the film becomes no simplistic pro-feminist tract but is, on the contrary, more complex and disturbing.
  4. Macpherson keep things creepy and mystifying. But that damn videotape takes the edge off the mood both visually and dramatically.
  5. 60
    But de Heer's high-concept feminist tract loses some of its integrity over time, as it slowly devolves into a seedy, voyeuristic thriller that takes all too much pleasure in turning the screws.
  6. Reviewed by: John McMurtrie
    25
    But the film suffers from a major and unforgivable flaw, one that grows more implausible and ridiculous over time.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2010
    10
    Alexandra's Project works for me strictly as a source of entertainment. There is a 'plot' such as it is, and characters that are well-playedAlexandra's Project works for me strictly as a source of entertainment. There is a 'plot' such as it is, and characters that are well-played by the main actors, as confirmed by the fact that the film's action was able
    to hold my close attention throughout. But the plot has a major flaw, in failing to justify the actions of the wife. During the film there is the constant knawing question: Are the wife's actions in any way justified by the actions of the husband. For me, the answer is no. And if there are genuine reasons for her dissatisfaction, she made no apparent effort to discuss them with her husband. That being the case, I can
    only conclude that there are mental issues that make the wife far less simpathetic than she might otherwise be. For me, the film is rare, in having a severely flawed plot, but still interesting enough to watch in its entirety.
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  2. Nov 30, 2012
    8
    Alexandra's project is suspensful, visually engaging and skillfully illustrates a terrifying example of what happens in the ordinaryAlexandra's project is suspensful, visually engaging and skillfully illustrates a terrifying example of what happens in the ordinary experience of marriage when one party feels trapped, exploited and unable to express themself. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Expand
  3. LisaS
    Jun 2, 2009
    3
    I watch and totally support and love independent films only. Rarely do I watch a movie produced and directed by a major commercialized I watch and totally support and love independent films only. Rarely do I watch a movie produced and directed by a major commercialized production compay. But this film, 'Alexandra's Project', was by & far the worst indie movie I've ever seen. Suspense with no ending is not for me. The best comment I can make about this film is that somehow, I managed to watch it from start fo finish. All the time anticipating and hoping that the conclusion would at least nicely wrap up or add some meaning to this complete waste of a time production. It didn't...the ending was worst than the movie itself. The main character (Steve) is a pretty horrible actor. The female actor not so bad. Decent . Expand
  4. TedK.
    Aug 2, 2009
    1
    I am generally a huge fan of independent movies, and decided to watch the movie on a whim after reading a brief plot description. What a I am generally a huge fan of independent movies, and decided to watch the movie on a whim after reading a brief plot description. What a horrible mistake. This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen in my life. It was bizarre and disturbing, with no clear point to the story -- a horrid exploration of mentally unbalanced, ugly people who look awful in the nude. Please, if you value your time, do not go anywhere near this movie. It is one of the worst ever made. Expand