Project Almanac (2015) Review


Verdict: Pretty cool

Cool cinematography and effects with good acting but typical characters.

Review

David Raskin (Jonny Weston) and his sister Christina (Virginia Gardner) find their dad’s old camera in the attic. While playing back footage from his seventh birthday, David notices something weird in the mirror – an image of himself today. Together with his friends Quinn (Sam Lerner) and Adam (Allen Evangelista) they find a time travel prototype in the basement where his dad used to work. Jessie (Sofia Black-D’Elia) soon joins the group. Directed by Dean Israelite.

Watching the trailer, I didn’t have much of an expectation going in, but it was surprisingly enjoyable. Filmed in a found footage way (in which it seems as though the characters are filming with a handheld camera) created a suspenseful kind of atmosphere which I would say worked well with the film.

The acting was pretty good too, Weston as the main character does a pretty good job and his character’s shyness and awkwardness at times is believable that you end up rooting for him. Also, the chemistry between the whole group is really prominent and their banter and interactions are very free and easy. However, there isn’t much detail given about the different characters, and mainly focuses on how they are enjoying life.

The story is something that has been done before, but it wasn’t presented as something repetitive or stale. Having a group of friends instead of one or two time travelling does make a difference. Being teenagers, they mainly travel back in time to change things teens would think of, like being bullied, winning the lottery or redoing a horrible class presentation. There was this one thing with the periodic table where Quinn gets overconfident and pompous which I guess is understandable but was typical. Plus I don’t really understand how learning the periodic table can be anything but memorization… I also did not like the fact that David being the protagonist had to be the typical white hero, it’s just so overdone.

Overall, an engaging film with likeable and relatable characters who had great chemistry with each other. I also liked the found footage style, plus the effects and directing was well done.

To sum-up:
PROS: Good acting, cinematography, directing, effects, chemistry
CONS: Typical white hero, not much character depth

I give this a 7/10.

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