Project Almanac

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6.31 h 46 min2015X-RayPG-13
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.
Directors
Dean Israelite
Starring
Jonny WestonSofia Black-D'EliaSam Lerner
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Allen Evangelista
Producers
Josh AppelbaumMichael BayVicki Dee RockAndrew FormBrad FullerPatrick McIntireAndré Nemec
Studio
Paramount
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

5778 global ratings

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John RobinsonReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Time Traveling Thrill Ride !!
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If you like movies,or shows about time travel you should love Project Almanac, from beginning to end it's a fast paced thrill ride. I like movies that; if you ever wondered what it would be like if you had the opportunity to have a do over you'll love this movie. It's centered around a group of high school kids; a brain, his sister the less popular girl, another girl that's more good looking that turns out to be the romantic interest of the brainy kid, then you have the other two friends of the brainy kid that's not in the popular crowd. This movie almost reminds me of the Breakfast Club with the element of time travel. Lots of funny time travel situations as in do-overs, and other time travel situations that make you think if you go back in the past and change one thing, what will it be like, what kind of new time line will it create, so there is a little of the Butterfly Effect in this movie. Hope you can enjoy it as I did, and let me know if you liked my review, thanks.
19 people found this helpful
CJ NavanReviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing Storyline and Herky-Jerky Camera Technique
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Based on other reviews, it sounded like a decent or even great movie. The trailers show all the best scenes! From the beginning and throughout the entire movie, the camera was herky-jerky shot from a cast member's perspective (like Blairwitch Project). I really hate that format, so I would have skipped this movie, if I had known about that. Apart from the filming technique, the storyline was flat. After 15-20 minutes, it was clear that it would not improve. True to immature teenage characters, the choices they make for time travel are shallow and unimaginative; the main character's supposed superior intelligence is undermined greatly by what he focuses on. I can't really give examples without spoiling the plot, but I will say that "The Butterly Effect" had a far superior storyline in every respect when you think of time travel movies and consequences of choices (even though the mechanism of time travel is hard to swallow). The acting was what you would expect from "B" level unknowns. OK for a $1.00 rental, but not one I would ever want to watch again and never would have bought, if I had been more skeptical of the (in my opinion) far too generous reviews that made this out to be more than a good movie. In my opinion, it's mediocre in every way.
3 people found this helpful
James C GirasaReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unexpectedly Good Time Travel Movie - Remembering Infocom
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Ok, I'm really giving this 4 stars. I feel like the 3.1/2 stars this movie is rated at is a bit low for this movie so I'm giving it a higher rating to try and raise the average.

Thousands of reviews here so I'm not going to review the movie or go into any details. I'm just giving it my rating.

PLEASANTLY SURPRISED:

I was pleasantly surprised at this 'teen' time travel movie. For movies like this I usually just go ahead and suspend disbelief and try to enjoy it. And at that, I did thoroughly enjoy it. I thought almost everything was good. The acting was decent enough considering that they were essentially unknowns. The special effects were very good too. Most importantly, this movie is fun to watch.

A CALL OUT TO INFOCOM:

If anybody watching this is old enough to remember the old 'Infocom' text adventure games like 'Zork' and the 'Enchanter' series, a scene or two in this movie involving time travel might remind you of some of those early 'adventures.' I won't bother explaining, if you are old enough to know what I'm talking about then you will know what I'm talking about. It really makes me wonder if anybody involved with the script played those games.

Highly recommended for a an entertaining 90 or so minutes.
6 people found this helpful
Gregory JonesReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Movies like the "Butterfly Effect"
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This movie has a nuance surrounding time travel theory. Movies like the "Butterfly Effect", "Hot Tub Time Machine", "The sound of thunder" and others have elements that all have a plausible essence, but this movie aligned with more of the theories I research. I am biased because I must admit I'm a BIG GEEK and study time theory & relativity and most movies leave me with "they got that wrong" feeling. This movie created feelings that the movie finally got it right! Not giving the movie away or telling to much about it, if you time travel and leave something behind it would appear in the future and then more than one "element with the same mass" would exist in the same time and place , thus a "time loop" is created and after the first time "time manipulation" occurs nothing can be "undone fully" not matter the attempt to make something never occur, even the time traveling, it exist forever after the initial time traveling episode if placed in a singular time line. From a geek stand point this was awesome!!! On an entertainment, comical, and drama aspect I would give it a five also. Love is a powerful thing, the need for acceptance and a second chance to alter your future can drive you to lunacy, or attempt to sacrifice your happiness for something that shouldn't be, because if it was meant to happen it would have happened. This movie made me think about my life, my kids lives, and the entire world in a sense, we are all connected, and the love for one thing and change future or destroy it.

Overall, this movie had all the elements I wanted it to have, but I hated the filmography. The "first person" camera holding is getting a bit played out. I additionally am a movie buff, and my interest span all genres, and the need for an old fashion well shot and directed movie is what I yearn for. I felt this movie would have had a more "artistic" element had it been shot in a more "fantasy" method of filmography. Movies like "Legend", "The Howling", "Krull", and the first "Troll" movie had a look and feel of a fantasy adventure. Time travel is a fantasy element, although some of the technological advances are making it close to possible. While it still for the most part is still something we can only theorize & dream about, I would love to see a full feature film with a fantasy feel that invokes emotions by the look of the movie. Something that takes your mind to a place during the movie sparked by the essence of the movie moving your soul. This movie had the plot to satisfy this quota, but the single person shot distracted from the true story line in my opinion.

All together it something a family could watch on movie night, and regardless of the "cell phone/camcorder feel it's still a great movie"!
11 people found this helpful
nycReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Time Travel with Key Questions Answered
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I normally do not like movies filmed like it was a home movie by using a whole lot of camera movements because they tend to make me nauseous the way you feel when watching someone else play XBox and you are not playing it. However, I understand why it was necessary in this film because it was the only way to tell the story through the narration of the characters and to create the time warp phenomenon via a low budget method but still look real. The movie touched on a few key items of all time-traveling films and they are: 1) Can it be real; 2) What would the purposes be to travel back or forward in time? To cheat (time, the system, life)? To become rich? To fall in love? To bring back someone you miss?, and 3) Cause and Affect (will it change history?). This movie had a decent cast and the story was good and believable. I would have liked it more if they used a professional format to film this movie and if they developed the family relationship a bit more such as with the mother and father that would make him want to go back so badly that he would want to save his father using time travel. The family relationship could have built up some more if a bit of humor existed between the main character and his mother and father.
3 people found this helpful
MDeanGMUReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Time Travel a la The Blair Witch Project - tried and trued themes viewed through a different lens
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First and foremost, what makes this movie unique compared to other time travel movies, and pushes it from 3 or 4 stars to 5, is the director's ability to tie together an entire story using the "found footage film technique" a la The Blair Witch Project, 1999. Besides that, if you love the theory of time travel and the movies that try and expose some of the challenges that time travel would create as I do, you'll like this movie. The "invention" itself is more than far-fetched, along with the idea that a high school student builds it in his basement with parts from Home Depot, but the issues the travelers deal with are fairly well done. Though the issues are a recurring theme in Time Travel movies, i.e. "what if I travel back in time and interact with myself", it is still fun to see someone else's take on these common questions. The acting is believable and impressive considering a relatively unknown cast with maybe the exception of Sofia Black-D'Elia (The Mick on FOX, Ben Hur) and Sam Lerner (The Goldbergs, interestingly his character name in this movie is Quin Goldberg).
4 people found this helpful
ChainsawReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Impressive despite being filmed in the style of Cloverfield or Blair Witch.
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I didn't like how the movie was filmed/told through the eyes of a home video camera with a member of the cast filming it however despite that fact I found this to be a very impressive time travel movie. There are many time travel movies out there that I have found to be disappointing. This time travel movie will not disappoint you.

The research that must have went into the time travel script must have been staggering. Most of the popularly theorized mechanics of time travel seemed to be in this movie like paradoxes, entropic cascade failure, and even elements of the butterfly effect (another underrated classic by the way). And the way the science behind it all and the way it was presented definitely worked for this movie.

I felt the acting was pretty good also. Definitely a movie I'll probably watch again every couple of years or so. I highly recommend it.
MicheleBReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Take dramamine before watching this love affair with a shaky cam
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Went into this realizing it was a movie aimed at teens, but I thought it might be a nice lighter sci fi distraction. This movie disappoints on every level. Start with the visual. The shaky cam was everywhere. Even where it shouldn't have been used, such as the scenes in the basement lab, where it was demonstrated in the early minutes of the film that the boys had a tripod. The shaky cam was used to create a sense of excitement and immediacy. Probably a good move, since the science and actual work the boys were doing not only wasn't clear, it wasn't consistent within the movie. Big mistake. The kids - who have dream of MIT - use the time travel device to go to Lollapalooza. Yes, really. And then to fix a relationship with a girl for the protagonist. Yes, really. And then to keep trying to fix continually increasing mistakes they generate. Yes, really. And this so-called experiment was supposed to help the protagonist get a scholarship. And just in case you last through all that, the ending bears almost no relationship to the rest of the movie.
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