Last night we watched Project Almanac, a Sci-Fi Thriller directed by Dean Israelite and starring Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Allen Evangelista, Sam Lerner and Virginia Gardner, it is produced by the genius Michael Bay.
The Plot in short: As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and personal gain. But as the future falls apart with disasters, and each of them disappear little by little, they must travel back to the past to make sure they never invent the machine or face the destruction of humanity.
We went to see the movies without even really watching the Trailer as we liked the topic. Time travel had fascinated the cinema many times and in very different forms: Just recently Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar brought breathtaking images of the relativity theory, where a fathers journey end in different “curved” timelines being younger than his daughter. Another great example is the success of the Back to the Future trilogy. As well in Project Almanac a classic time machine is used to transport the main characters from one to the other time zone. Basically I found even the story had similarities to Back to the Future 2 where Biff Tannen uses the Sports Almanac to to improve his own future. In one scene you got a further similarity when one group member attempts to connect two power cables together in order to make the time travel machine work, but finds out that they’re not long enough and therefore don’t reach.
I as well loved the reference to Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure that one of the characters was watching on a laptop. The film concerns two teenagers who utilize a time machine to complete a history project, how ironic.
What I really did not like was the that the style of Project Almanac is the typical subjectivity and shaky camera aesthetics of the so-called “found footage“ genre. That is just not my thing and I would have preferred the classic way. Nevertheless I really liked the story itself. Would it not be for the found footage part I would give it 4 stars.
Verdict: If you are OK with the found footage genre this is a pretty cool movie to watch and be entertained. If you are not a friend of shaky cameras just leave it.
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You can watch the Trailer below: