In Project X, now available on home videocassette, Matthew plays Jimmy Garrett, a young air force pilot who’s been relieved of flying privileges after using his aircraft as a rendezvous for dates.
He’s assigned to Project X, a top-secret military experiment, and it’s only until after meeting superintelligent chimp Virgil that he learns the truth: The project is really a reckless experiment that’s endangering intelligent creatures.
Jimmy learns the secret through Virgil’s special skill — he can use sign language to communicate with humans. Now Jimmy is faced with a serious decision. Should he follow military instructions and take part, or should he follow his conscience and give up the project?
There’s not a dull moment in this drama, which also stars Helen Hunt (Peggy Sue Got Married) as the university researcher who teaches Virgil how to sign. Project X, available through CBS/Fox Video, is also Matthew’s reunion with the producers of his earlier film, War Games.
Project X is a bittersweet tale that shouldn’t be missed. It’s serious monkey business.