Project Almanac Movie Review
This past week I was invited to see an early screening of the new upcoming teen time traveling thriller, Project Almanac. Going in I didn’t have much prior knowledge about the film, or very big expectations for that matter. I figured it was just going to be another teen-gimmick movie, and in some respects it was. But what caught my attention was the fact that it was what I WISHED every “found footage” movie was like. It did so many things right, which balanced out a few elements that felt over done.
The film is shot as though the characters themselves are filming it. Was it over played at some points? Yes. Would it have been beneficial to have a nice steady cam going during some of the scenes? Of course. But unlike other movies that have attempted to add this feature, Project Almanac succeeds in not letting it deter you away from the actual story.
The characters are oddly likable. You have the “popular girl” and the “science nerds” but their actions and characteristics are far more grounded in reality than other films aimed at the adolescent age group. I genuinely connected and enjoyed watching them deal with their discoveries.
If you’ve ever heard or seen the movie Chronicle, and been disappointed, I suggest you give this film a try. I think this film accomplishes what other movies have tried so very hard to do. It’s everything you wanted Chronicle to be, and more. Project Almanac is a throughly entertaining, funny, and thought provoking film that you HAVE to see before passing judgement.