The Movie: 5/10
It’s fun enough to have a good movie watching time on a rainy afternoon. Does that tell you my overall impression of this cinematic adventure? It’s enough. It’s just good enough in the story department to hold my interest, well, ALMOST enough. A bunch of teenagers get their hands on a time machine, and then we get some frolicking and world shatteringly impactful festivities to follow. We are introduced to the genius teen at the beginning with his video bid to get into MIT. This is never followed up on in any way, except that he gets in and has not got enough money to pay for it….ahhh the time machine frolicking is starting to make sense.
I will split this movie into two reactions. First, it’s fun and mindless and mindless and mindless. 🙂 You won’t come out of it with stimulated brain cells, so if that’s your goal, mindlessness, this movie is right up your alley. Second, it’s lame and mindless and mindless and mindless. Yea, so it’s not two very different reactions after all. I did have some fun, and I am always on board with time travel ideas. Then again, it makes no sense a lot of the time, at least the holes in the story. It’s dummied way way down and those holes let in a lot of light which distracts me and makes it even less interesting.
The cast is OK, but there is a lot of high school acting going on, or at least what I have seen in the past several years of going to high school plays. If you watch a lot of Disney channel or Nickelodeon, these performances will seem familiar.
I know they wanted to do something somewhat profound, deep thinking, and all that, but it’s not. It’s flimsy but well made at the same time. Some of the special effects are pretty darn good. The thing is, substance over form wasn’t turning my crank that particular day.
Overall, it’s a good time, a bit of an adventure, and no brain cells will be challenged throughout the whole process.
- Alternate Opening (4 Minutes) – A different opening, not a better one.
- Deleted Scenes – 8 deleted scenes which include, “Adam Plays Baseball”, “Scholarships”, “Cafeteria Kiss”, “Fundraising”, “Adam Made The Team”, “Predicting The Pitch”, “Rooftop Fight” and “Quinn Confronts David”.
- Alternate Endings – 2 alternate endings neither as good as the one used in the movie.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 1/10
The cover of this movie is so boring I can’t even talk about it. I would not have it as a poster….that’s about all I can say.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Project Almanac is filmed using the now overused “Found Footage” technique which usually means it ends up looking a mess. This film however has the trademarks, shaky cam, crooked camera angles and fast pans but the blocky low res picture is replaced by a sharp 1080P professional image that makes you wonder what these kids are using to film this footage. Detail in all scenes is impeccable and black levels are very impressive. Project Almanac is presented using the AVC codec at 1080P resolution.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is far more impressive. The main event is the LFE channel which gets a lot of use during the film’s many time travel jumps. Surround speakers are also liberally used and speech is central and easy to understand. During the film’s Lolapaluza section the feel of being in a crowd listening to music is quite realistic.
Overall Score 5/10