Hand held camera video footage films are becoming a bit old hat now and have been rather done to death," Cloverfield", "The Blair Witch Project”, “Chronicle", the list goes on and on. Thankfully "Project Almanac" takes the idea a bit further making for a highly entertains couple of hours.

Produced by Michael Bay who is more widely known for his Transformer movies “Project Almanac" involves collage nerds and a time machine. Johnny Weston (Taken 3) is David a technical wizard who is also a bit of geek. When he is accepted to MIT he finds that his mother can't afford the money that it would cost to send him there and wanting to win a big scholarship by designing an experiment, he and his sister (Ginny Gardner) head to the loft where they find a vintage camcorder. Inside the recorder they find a film of David's 7th birthday party. The party just happens to be on the same day that his father died in a car crash. As the pair watch the recording they spot the present day David's image in a mirror on the wall in the party room.

David along with his two best friends, Adam (Allen Evangelista) and Quinn (Sam Lerner) then head into the basement where they find David's fathers unfinished time machine, David being the technical wizard that he is manages to finish the machine and the trio along with Davis sister and the prettiest girl in the school (Sofia Black-D'Elia), who David has a crush on, head of on a time travelling adventure. Before they go the group set up a number of rules, the main one being that they never time travel alone.

The group then use the power of the machine to travel back in time allowing them to change the past and to become heroes to their fellow students who once labelled them as geeks. Unfortunately they find out that you shouldn't play with time as when they change events in the past it has drastic consequences for events in the present.

First-time director Dean Israelite has some great fun with the possibilities that time travel allows, one of the characters wants to go back and kill Hitler, and unfortunately he's told that the time machine can only go back a few hours. The young cast is terrific in a fun packed film that has some great special effects and doesn't take itself too seriously. The one issue with the film is that after all the fun that's went before you get the impression that the writers struggled to come up with a decent ending, this aside "Project Almanac" is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of entertainment.




Project Almanac (12A)

Director: Dean Israelite
Starring: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Ginny Gardner, Sam Lerner


UK Release: Friday 20th February 2015

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