Project X meets The Butterfly Effect in this story of time-travelling teens, sponsored by Microsoft and Maserati. It wouldn’t be a Michael Bay production without obscene product placement and lots of staring at girls’ legs.
The film gets by on the strength of its central cast, who have a surprisingly believable chemistry, but the script is wafer-thin. So desperate are the writers not to confuse the audience that any sense of drama or stakes is lost.
Some nice nods to classic time travel movies serve only to remind you of a dozen better films you could have been watching.
Ultimately forgettable despite some novel ideas, Project Almanac loses a point for also being a found-footage movie; a stupid gimmick that only adds the risk of causing a migraine.
CAST: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner
DIRECTOR: Dean Israelite
WRITERS: Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan
SYNOPSIS: A group of teenagers discover hidden plans for a time machine. However, once they’ve constructed it things quickly start to spiral out of control.