Project Almanac

Project Almanac

Project Almanac

Found-footage sci-fi about a group of teens who happen upon David's (Jonny Weston, Chasing Mavericks) old video tape of his seventh birthday. But when the footage shows what looks like teenage David in the background, the mystery leads them to his late father's blueprints for a time-travelling machine – labelled ‘Project Almanac’.

Having failed to gain scholarship for MIT, David is more motivated than ever to construct what would be a scientific marvel. With the help of his sister and his two pals, they successfully build a functioning time-travel device, only to use it for high school pranks and attending music festivals in the past. But the constant manipulation of time results in disastrous ripple effects for the present, prompting David to untangle a delicate temporal web while avoiding paradoxes and singularities.

2014Rating: M, Coarse language and sexual references106 minsUSA
AdventureScience FictionThriller

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

“Why are you filming this?” and “How has that shirt not been washed?” are two of many questions you’re likely to ask in this plot-hole-digging, found-footage sci-fi about tech-savvy teens who discover plans to build a time machine. When the ‘hot chick’ stumbles onto what they’ve been doing, she reckons they should skip the testing precautions and use the device on themselves. Thanks to raging hormones and adolescent dumb-assery, they oblige.

2.0

What a lousy mix

It's a mix of various elements and obviously you could see many films in it ( from Back to Future to Spring Break to The Butterfly Effect). The mix is not very convincing but lousy and meaningless.

2.0

wish I could go back in time and not see this

Wanted to walk out and nearly fell asleep

1.0

Project Jumpy Camera

Project Almanac I was going in for something & got much of what I expected. A mash up of several movies I’ve already seen: ‘Chronicle’, ‘Looper’ (all 'Back to the Future’ series), 'Safety Not Guaranteed', ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Butterfly Effect’ with stylings of ‘Super 8’ and ‘Cloverfield’…. Good film, just felt like I’d already seen it (bad time travel...

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A time-travel premise goes nowhere fast in this latest take on the increasingly tired found-footage genre.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It’s far more excited about the shallow possibilities of cheating the fourth dimension than the infinitely scarier ones of messing it all up.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Despite the uncomfortable sexism and altogether predictable nature of the film, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't modestly entertaining.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

If it didn't bungle it all with a shrug of an ending, it would be easier to recommend.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With "Looper" and the fantastic recent release "Predestination" using the same plot device to explore existentialism, the potboiler Project Almanac feels like a leap backward.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Along the way Almanac is forced to cheat so much with its ostensibly self-shot material that one has to ask why the format was chosen.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

“Why are you filming this?” and “How has that shirt not been washed?” are two of many questions you’re likely to ask in this plot-hole-digging, found-footage sci-fi about tech-savvy teens who discover plans to build a time machine. When the ‘hot chick’ stumbles onto what they’ve been doing, she reckons they should skip the testing precautions and use the device on themselves. Thanks to raging hormones and adolescent dumb-assery, they oblige.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A time-travel premise goes nowhere fast in this latest take on the increasingly tired found-footage genre.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

It’s far more excited about the shallow possibilities of cheating the fourth dimension than the infinitely scarier ones of messing it all up.

2.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Despite the uncomfortable sexism and altogether predictable nature of the film, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't modestly entertaining.

3.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

If it didn't bungle it all with a shrug of an ending, it would be easier to recommend.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

With "Looper" and the fantastic recent release "Predestination" using the same plot device to explore existentialism, the potboiler Project Almanac feels like a leap backward.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Along the way Almanac is forced to cheat so much with its ostensibly self-shot material that one has to ask why the format was chosen.

What a lousy mix

It's a mix of various elements and obviously you could see many films in it ( from Back to Future to Spring Break to The Butterfly Effect). The mix is not very convincing but lousy and meaningless.

2.0

wish I could go back in time and not see this

Wanted to walk out and nearly fell asleep

1.0

Project Jumpy Camera

Project Almanac I was going in for something & got much of what I expected. A mash up of several movies I’ve already seen: ‘Chronicle’, ‘Looper’ (all 'Back to the Future’ series), 'Safety Not Guaranteed', ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Butterfly Effect’ with stylings of ‘Super 8’ and ‘Cloverfield’…. Good film, just felt like I’d already seen it (bad time travel...

2.0