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Plot: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
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I have always been drawn to stories of time travel. The best book I have read was Time and Again, by Jack Finney. I am sorry they never made a movie out of it, probably because it was more subtle with less action than other sci-fi stories for most of the book. But there are plenty of time travel movies out there, like this one.
The fact that teenagers are using the device to travel in time, plus the fact that – at first – they can’t travel back more than a few weeks, obviously was put in place to limit their ability to travel whenever they want. So instead of trying to prevent a horrific world event, for instance, they are jumping back in time to tweak their own lives and mistakes. If you have watched many time travel movies, it isn’t a spoiler for me to say things don’t go exactly as planned.
There are a few clever plot twists here, and I mostly liked the chemistry between the lead characters. The dialogue became a bit wooden here and there, but overall the writing wasn’t bad. I have to say my biggest gripe was with the hand-held camera routine. I almost wonder if they used it just to honor another movie with the word “Project” in the title, if you are wondering ‘witch’ movie I am referring to. But whatever the reason, it didn’t really work for me.Their reasons for always lugging the camera around, even when there was just one character, fell flat for me. For the loss in camera work quality, there wasn’t enough of a gain in plot or character interaction. But it didn’t cause me to give up on it, just to wish it lived up to its potential. I am not going to comment on the ending and risk giving anything away, except to say that it felt a bit anti-climactic to me.
Look…one can never have enough time travel movies for our escapist needs, correct? After all, the possibilities are endless in terms of how filmmakers could explore the surreal dynamics of different dimensions thus allowing audiences to suspend their disbelief and engage in the wonderment of SF exuberance. So the question remains: can first-time director Dan Israelite instill some fresh distinction into the ubiquitous genre with the teen-oriented time travel vehicle ‘Project Almanac’? Well, let’s just say that superior spectacles such as ‘Looper’ and this year’s engaging ‘Predestination’ have nothing to worry about in terms of giving way to Israelite’s featherweight found footage fantasy. In fact, ‘Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ looks appetizing and inspired in comparison. Relentlessly sketchy and as exhilarating as a PBS-televised high school science project during summer vacation, ‘Project Almanac’ fails to bounce sufficiently with its erratic presentation of cockeyed camerawork and crew of stock character whiz kids along for the surreal joyride.
Israelite and screenwriters Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman concoct a breezy kiddie escapist flick where the scientific impishness feels somewhat upbeat and the young cast seem to be engaged in the time-traveling adventure that giddily plays out. However, whatever spry momentum that ‘Project Almanac’ manages to achieve is undermined by the distracting shaky hand-held camera movements and choppy jump cuts that turn this sci-fi caper into a disjointed B-movie bubble. Furthermore, the inclusive found footage material is overblown and exhausting. The gimmick, when used sparingly, was a treasured touch to heighten the anticipated tension. But ‘Project Almanac’ is not the only guilty party to spoil the essence of such a ‘trick of the trade’. The reality is that contemporary cinema–especially in horror and sci-fi–resort to these technical tactics to the point of no return.
It is no surprise that the arbitrary jittery cosmetics behind ‘Project Almanac’ is under the producing credit of Michael Bay whose reputation for exorbitant twitchy filmmaking has been documented in previous pulsating actioners. Brilliant high school science mastermind David Raskin (Jonny Weston) has ambitions for attending prestigious MIT and needs the appropriate experimental project to be conducted in his attic for acceptance to his choice of prestigious schooling. The finances are tight and David is chasing after a scholarship that should ease the economic burden on his widowed mother (David’s scientific father had recently died).
So David is a chip off the old block like his late father. Daddy Dearest, however, did provide some incentive for his son to to realise his MIT dreams. David had discovered an unfinished experiment of his dad’s – a mysterious machine that has the capability of relocating individuals through time. This discovery is in the company of his ‘herd of nerd’ friends plus his younger sister Christina (Ginny Gardner) along to record the curious contraption that will eventually take them all on a back-and-forth odyssey where they can pop into time traveling moments that range from dealing with school bullies to being placed in front of chemistry class testing sheets.
Interestingly, ‘Project Almanac’ never seizes the opportunity to think big in its time-traveling exploration. Instead, the movie mopes around with trivial tidbits such as petty scholarly set-ups and never really delves into grand confrontational entanglements that one would expect young impressionable brainiacs to face while awkwardly placing them in sensitive settings that all the book learning in the classroom cannot solve. The concept of this so-called time machine that David found in the basement by the skilled hands of his deceased old man should have predictably brought both father and son briefly together immediately in the name of their beloved interest in science, an irony nearly overlooked that could have been both poignant and profound. The nonsense of the kids cheating through invading the lottery result and retaking tests is a mere slap-on-the-hand cautionary tale that comes off somewhat corny and predictable.
Sadly, ‘Project Almanac’ morphs into teen soap opera territory and sinks the minimal sci-fi flavoring it had for a nonsensical diversion punctuated by the aforementioned shoddy camera fluctuation and lack of time-traveling zest beyond small-time incidental dilemmas. Weston’s David Raskin had the potential to be the second coming of ‘Back To The Future’s Marty McFly but the lame plot and punchless exploits handcuffs him from answering the call.
Project Almanac (2015)
1 hr. 46 mins.
Starring: Jonny Weston, Allen Evangelista, Sam Lerner, Ginny Gardner and Sofia Black-D’Elia
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Genre: Science Fiction/Teen Time Travel Adventurer/Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Critic’s rating: ** stars (out of four stars)
Won’t Reinvent The Genre, But It Is Entertaining
I liked Project Almanac. It didn’t necessarily excite me. And I did scratch my head a few times. But ultimately, I liked it. It had an interesting, if slow moving, story. It stayed grounded, or at least tried to, and did it’s very best to legitimize time travel as a possibility, even if it doesn’t do a very good job of actually explaining the whole thing. Certainly some things are silly, like explaining being able to control the time machine with a cell phone as cell phones ‘having enough power to put a rocket in space’, but these don’t really take away from a lot of the fun dealing with the time travel element.
The story is pretty simple, but actually feels heart felt. David, a genius level teenager newly accepted to MIT, finds himself short on the money to pay his tuition there. This inadvertently leads him to discover an unfinished time machine his absent father left hidden in his basement. While it takes a while for the time travel elements to ramp up, there is fun to be had in seeing these kids build, experiment, and ultimately successfully travel through time. The film does a good job in allowing us to escape certain illogical elements, like how a group of teens with a fairly limited budget could create a fully functioning time machine, much less create one when no one else on earth seemingly could. David and his buddy Adam are already established as being geniuses from the moment the film begins. So, it’s not much of a leap that together they could figure out how to complete the already crafted instructions and blueprints sitting in front of them. You could even say there’s legitimacy to the use of the found footage style they went for. They even comment on the use of the camera, which at least shows they recognize that it’s there.
However, despite some explanation that helps solidify the camera’s constant presence, the film , like so many found footage films, would have benefited from simply being shot like a typical narrative. The film even goes the lengths to, strangely enough, be somewhere in between. We see edits that don’t make sense for someone whose recording and we have music play over things like a montage. It’s just bizarre to see and hear these things play out over a film that is supposed to pretend to be found off camcorder footage. And these production elements aren’t bad, they’re just out of place and show the film could have benefited from simply eschewing the found footage style all together. There’s also some head scratching moments throughout that can be eye-roll-inducing, but I tend to be able to suspend my disbelief, so it didn’t bother me as much.
The film overall isn’t one I’d probably tell people to run out and see. But I’d certainly tell them it’s not a bad film. Far from it, it’s a surprise in the sub genre of found footage. And while it doesn’t reach the heights of Chronicle, which I consider to be the peak of found footage, I do think it’s one of the better found footage films.
How can a movie be so wrong, so awful, so hoodwinked
I am an engineer, I do the sort of things these guys “do”. The first 5 minutes into this movie I knew it was going to be so ffing idiotic. “the phone call is interrupting the wifi”…..someone please punch the writer in the face. Phone calls and wifi are on completely separate frequencies. Yet this guy is supposedly going to operate a time machine with that level of knowledge. MIT would think this was a joke video. It actually pains me to watch this show of idiocy
This is the kind of movie that caters to the technologically retarded who go “ooooh shiny”. I mean the guy literally just spouts jargon that has nothing to do with anything. “Hey how do i fix this?” “Oh you put the flux capacitor in the defibrillator and press the hypotenuse button”
“we are going to take it to its max altitude” “its not responding”.. smash smash smash on the keyboard keys, yeah because that’s going to work…
So to sum it up, if you know anything about technology this movie is unwatchable because everything is wrong, even the stuff in real life that everyone has is being used and explained as if my 90 year old technophobe grandmother had just skimmed a manual on particle physics.
This movie should be in the genre cringe comedy.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Dean Israelite
Writer Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman
Actors Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista
Production Company Platinum Dunes
Sound Mix Datasat, Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround 7.1, SDDS, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Red Epic, Cooke S4 Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate), DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Redcode RAW
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Redcode RAW (4K) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema