Thursday, January 29, 2015

MINI-REVIEW: Project Almanac

Project Almanac

Jonny Weston,
Sofia Black-D'Elia


January 30, 2015

Dean Israelite

Paramount Pictures,
Insurge Pictures

1 hour 46 minutes



It's hard to believe that it's taken this long to make a found-footage movie about time travel, but alas, we finally have one.  Dean Israelite's "Project Almanac" takes the found footage aspect of films like "Paranormal Activity" and "Chronicle" and puts the time traveling story-lines of films like "Looper" and "About Time" in it as the basis.  The plot of five teens creating time travel and causing effects, both good and bad, to the world's timeline has been done countless times before.  However, what makes this film stand out among the others is its inventive and original ways of messing with time and the people around the central characters, as well as some likable enough leads to help keep the story going.  Sure, some of the movie doesn't fully add up, and there are some angles and ways of editing all of this "found-footage" that seems extremely implausible, but at the end of the day "Project Almanac" is a fun, cool, and even smart movie that is sure to gain an audience with teens and sci-fi fanatics.  Not much else to say except that I totally recommend it.  It's not groundbreaking or genre-defying, but it is an entertaining film that is great to watch with a bucket of popcorn, some friends, and brains slightly turned off.

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