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Published March 11th 2015
Project Almanac
Project Almanac film poster

I walked into the cinema expecting a time travel film with high school kids and that's exactly what I got. A quick read of the film synopsis had me thinking it was about high school seniors (year 12s) making a time machine as a project for a college admission (because they must be trying to get into an American Ivy League College). It all sounds okay and the film is actually not the trainwreck I expected.

Survive the first 15 minutes and you're all good. The start suffers from headache-inducing handheld camera action. The setup is typical where you are introduced to the gang who have all been friends forever. Which makes sense because if someone annoyingly stuck a camera into your face and followed your every single move, it would take that kind of a friendship to stop you calling the police.

When the camera is found in the attic, the film starts to find its footing. Throw in a basement laboratory and a secret prototype, and the inevitable happens. TIME MACHINE!

The smart teens originally had great plans for their new found device but it's limited to only being able to go back few hours. The highlight of the film is the fun they have when they improve the machine's capabilities. How does winning the lottery sound?

As we all know from Spiderman, "with great power comes great responsibility". The teens learn about the ripple effect and alas the film falls back into the standard time machine tropes. For teens smart enough to know how to make one, you would have thought they'd have watched a few films on the subject.

Project Almanac is not The Time Machine (2002 adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel). It's straightforward and doesn't lose anyone with plot twists. It's an enjoyable teen movie but not for those who like a bit more from their sci-fi.
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