Movie Review: ‘Project Almanac’

Photo from United International Pictures

Project Almanac, a found footage-time travel story mashed up with high school dramedy, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Its redeeming value is the shock and suspense brought about when reckless youth starts playing God, sending ripples to the fabric of time.

The story revolves around a brilliant high school student and his friends uncovering blueprints for a time machine, inadvertently putting lives in danger. Though Michael Bay is credited as a producer, don’t expect larger-than-life special effects in the movie. For me, it works because it jives with the film’s theme of ingenuity.

The motives of the characters in travelling back in time are shallow. But that may be expected from youngsters nowadays. They are not superheroes but teens, who like anyone else, mess up.

Project Almanac is an interesting movie to kill your time-no pun intended. But you may have to be a time travel story nerd to fully appreciate it. If you are, the discussion with fellow geeks about causality and time paradox is enjoyable after watching the movie.

With Earl, The Fanboy SEO during the press preview of Project Almanac
Project Almanac stars Jonny Weston (“Taken 3”), Sofia Black-D’Elia (TV's “Gossip Girl”), Sam Lerner (TV's “Suburgatory”), Ginny Gardner (TV's “Glee”) and our very own Fil-Am actor Allen Evangelista (TV's “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”). Produced by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, the film is written by Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Now showing in the Philippines, Project Almanac is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Here's the trailer of the movie:

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