January 30, 2015 (Theatrical)
Jason Pagan, Andrew Stark
Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, Amy Landecker, Michelle DeFraites, Ginny Gardner, Sam Lerner
Found-footage hijinks ensue when a group of teenagers find plans for a time machine, build one, and start attempting to fix mistakes from the past.
Why You Should Care About Project Almanac
Heads up–Project Almanac is yet another teen-centric found footage film. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the premise is actually pretty intriguing, if not wholly original.
Low-budget time travel/alternate reality sci-fi has had a lot of success in the indie circuit in recent years (see: Primer, Timecrimes, and Coherence). Granted, Project Almanac isn’t an independent film–it has the power of Paramount and Michael Bay behind it–but it’s still refreshing to see filmmakers tackling big ideas with limited resources.
Project Almanac is Dean Israelite’s directorial debut, but Hollywood seems to have high hopes for him. He has been tapped to direct a remake of WarGames, which could either be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on who you ask.
Some early reviews have surfaced around the Internet, and they’re mostly positive. Alex Billington from Firstshowing.net gives Project Almanac a score of 8 out of 10, saying that it “it intelligently tackles time travel and eschews any of the annoying Hollywood cliches…that typically water down the film.”
Writing for Indiewire, Drew Taylor rates the film with a “B,” calling it a “a rare time travel movie that does try to cover some new ground, even while shaking off that nagging feeling of déjà vu.”
Project Almanac Theatrical Trailer