Project Almanac

Project Almanac

Dean Israelite

Project Almanac is centered around a group of high school friends who discover a time machine in one of their basements. They use the device to travel back in time, initially making small changes in their lives. However, as they continue to manipulate events in their past, they begin to realize that their actions have unintended consequences that ripple through time, causing a domino effect that they must race to fix.

Project Almanac is a found footage film that follows a group of teenagers who discover blueprints for a time machine created by the protagonist's deceased father. They successfully build the machine and use it to perform a series of time-traveling adventures, ultimately using their knowledge of the future to change their present circumstances. However, they soon realize that their meddling with the past has unintended and potentially catastrophic consequences.

The film explores themes of the dangers of time travel, the ethics of changing the past, and the complexity of paradoxes that arise from altering the timeline. The story is told through the lens of the teenagers' cameras, adding a sense of urgency and immediacy to the action. While the film has been criticized for its shaky cam style and reliance on clichés, it remains an entertaining and engaging look at the potential consequences of playing with time.

Project Almanac features strong performances from its young cast, particularly Jonny Weston as the brilliant and impulsive David Raskin, and Sofia Black-D'Elia as his love interest, Jessie Pierce. The film's use of practical effects and clever editing techniques to create the illusion of time travel adds to the sense of wonder and excitement that drives the story. Overall, Project Almanac is a fun and thought-provoking addition to the time travel sub-genre that is sure to entertain fans of science fiction and adventure.

January 28, 2015
Dean Israelite
Jason Pagan & Andrew Deutschman
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