Project Almanac (2014) Movie Review

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Project Almanac (2014)

2014 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
106 minutes / 1h 46min

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Project Almanac Plot Synopsis:

As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and for personal gain. But as their future falls apart with disasters, and they come to realize the irreversible ripple effects caused by their time travels, they must decide to fix this once and for all.

Project Almanac (2014) Review

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.

  • Project Almanac Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 6.34
  • IMDB: 6.4
  • MetaCritic: 4.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.6

About Project Almanac 2014

Title: Project Almanac
Year: 2014
Runtime: 106 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.17/5 stars from 69,575 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 69,575
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Project Almanac Cast Starring: Johnny Otto, Jeff Glover, Anthony Reynolds, Gary Grubbs, Gary Weeks, Scott Ledbetter, Fred Galle, Jeff Matthew Glover, Taylor McPherson, Jonny Weston, Adam C. Johnson, Cody Mason, Gabriela Hernandez, Frederick Carpenter, Gabriela Fraile, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Levi Krevinghaus, Sam Lerner, Andrew Benator, Amy Landecker, Katie Garfield, Curry Stone, Samantha Gorman, Gabriela Spencer, Macsen Lintz, Onira Tares, Xander Merciers, André Nemec, Orel De La Mota, Ben McKee
Project Almanac Writers: Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman
Project Almanac Director: Dean Israelite
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA