95 minutes / 2010
Claire and Matt Thomspon seem like a couple of average parents, who, along with their 15-year-old son are enjoying a not-so-unusual family life. But 16 years ago the couple had been a part of a community of super geniuses, The Jensen Project, only to leave under a cloud when Claire’s last project epically failed.
Now this “Project” wants them back. Claire’s old mentor, Edwin, has taken a mad scientist turn and his plans for world domination include nanobots. Only the Thompsons might have the know-how to stop his nefarious scheme.
Their son, Brody – a techy sort, gifted with his parents’ smarts – is coming too. But this secret scientist side of his parents is all new to him, and he’s got quite the adjustments to make. Fortunately, soon after his arrival at the Project, he hits it off with Samantha, another brainiac, though a younger, prettier sort. When the two of them hear what the evil Edwin is up to, they join forces to become both a help and a headache for Brady’s parents, stealing a hovercraft/plane to go take on Edwin themselves.
There’s really nothing to be concerned with, other than a little teenage rebellion (that includes them stealing the hover plane), and some bloodless fisticuff-type violence. There’s a minor romance angle between the two teen leads, but they don’t even kiss. And, of course, an evil scientist trying to take over the world does bring with it a certain level of tension that the very youngest might have some troubles with.
Maybe the more significant warning is only that in the real world there is an actual “Jensen Project” which aims to end sexual violence. So you might not want to have your kids search for where to stream it, or buy it on DVD.
A dozen years back Walmart got into the family movie business, producing 5 or 6 films. The Jensen Project is one of the best, with some decent special effects, and lots of familiar faces including Levar Burton (Geordi on Star Trek the Next Generation) and Patricia Richardson (Tim the Tool Man’s wife on Home Improvement). This is only the quality-level of a TV movie, but like one of the better old-school Disney TV movies, this action/sci-fi adventure is something the whole family can enjoy together.
Check out the trailer below.