It’s no secret, I love time travel movies. I also happen to love found footage movies. So I was beyond delighted to see the trailers for Project Almanac which seemed to combine these two subgenres. I am always intrigued not only by the premise of time travel movies but how screenwriters deal with the implications involved in writing one. Setting up the rules, trying to keep track of changes and then filming them while trying to keep the continuity intact. Not an easy task but one that Project Almanac was more than up for.
High school senior David Raskin (Jonny Weston) has just discovered something incredible in his basement from his deceased father’s files from when he worked with DARPA. Plans for a time machine. David is a brilliant science student and along with some friends they decide to try and build the machine and see if it works. Not only does the machine finally work but it allows David and his friends to go back and experience key moments from their past and make them turn out differently. But as they go back more frequently, things in the present start to show signs of changing. And sometimes not for the better.
Project Almanac is a fantastic sci fi time travel flick that rates up there with the best of them. The characters are all likable and when they start messing with the machine, they go back and do things all of us would think of doing. Righting wrongs, having that great party weekend you never had, making all the right decisions with that girl you like. But when David starts getting addicted to the process, continually trying to fix mistakes he is making along the way, things really spiral out of control and just keep getting worse. It is these paradoxes that time travel presents that make Project Almanac so good. You are constantly wishing this guy would get it right but we can understand the compulsive desire to correct your mistakes, especially when it comes to love. Project Almanac is full of great twists, great effects and great characters. If you dig time travel movies you have to check this one out.