Project Almanac Review
Synopsis:A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.
Project Almanac (2015) is an American science fiction found footage thriller horror movie. It is 106 minutes long and was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia; Grant Park, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois and in Drew High School, Riverdale, Georgia. Project Almanac was originally titled Cinema One (2014), Almanac (2014), and Welcome to Yesterday (2014). Director Dean Israelite (Acholiland (2009), The Department of Nothing (2007), Magician (2006)) did a magnificent job. Project Almanac is the fifth movie for Dean to direct and his talent in the movie industry shines.
David Raskin (Jonny Weston - Chasing Mavericks (2012), Taken 3 (2014), John Dies at the End (2012)) is a 17 senior in high school in the year 2014. He is an aspiring inventor who was accepted to MIT, but David cannot afford the tuition. David became sad when he found out that his mother Kathy Raskin (Amy Landecker - A Serious Man (2009), Project Almanac (2014), Enough Said (2013), Dan in Real Life (2007)) wants to sell their house so that she can pay his tuition. David asked his sister Christina (Virginia Gardner - The Goldbergs (2013), Good Kids (2015), Glee (2009)) and his friends to help him go through his father Ben belongings. His father Ben Raskin (Gary Weeks - The Spectacular Now (2013), Deadland (2009), 29 Reasons to Run (2006)) was an inventor who died on David’s seventh birthday in a car crash. David is hoping to find something that will help him get scholarships so that his mom does not have to sell the house.
The movie takes a turn here as David finds a video of his birthday from years ago and finds a reflection of himself as being 17-year-old on the video. The group found blueprints of a temporal relocation device that David’s father had designed for the United States Army. They decide to build a time machine using the blueprints they found. They stole hydrogen canisters from their school for the machine and used other materials they found at home. I gave the movie my entire attention when David, Christina, Adam Le (Allen Evangelista - The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008), Mozart and the Whale (2005), Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)) and Quinn travel back in time. They broke into Quinn Goldberg’s (Sam Lerner - Monster House (2006), Envy (2004), Nobody Walks (2012)) house and almost did something that could have changed his future. Go watch the movie to see what happens next.
I enjoyed watching this movie and would love to see Director Dean bring us more awesome PG-13 movies with kids starring in it. I do not like most found footage movies, but this one will be on my watch again list when it comes out on DVD. The movie met most of my expectations. The lighting effects, set, sound, cast, cinematography and storyline were all spectacular.
About Project Almanac (2014)
Original Title: Almanac, Cinema One, Welcome to Yesterday
Runtime: 106 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Total Avg. Votes: 27
Writers: Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman
Director: Dean Israelite