Movie Review -- 'Project Almanac' Gets a Passing Grade
Posted by Erik Bergs on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM By Erik Bergs / February 2, 2015 Comment
an amateur teenager recording all the relevant action onto a high resolution, masterly-focused (and most importantly: expensive) camera (with perfect lighting) does require some suspension of disbelief. I want to brand the choice negatively, but I think (or hope) that found footage as a technique is on its deathbed; therefore a novel, albeit meaningless, use of the withering medium can't be all that bad. Project Almanac's tension and plot seem to be as smooth as a teenager getting behind the wheel for the first time; moments of great acceleration mix with confused braking and long stretches of idling for no apparent purpose. The audience still gets to the places we want to go, just with needless difficulty and length of time. MTV Films has its fingerprints all over the oddly music-focused dispositions of certain characters and an over-extensive concert scene. Michael Bay, as producer, even finds some way of pushing the slow motion pill and rotating shots into the found footage. The frequent lack of logic so abundant in the high school students actions is understandable enough and there's even a budding youthful romance. The only thing really unexpected in this film is the fact that it actually asks me, as an audience member, to piece together how a few scenes actually work; the film doesn't over-explain much if anything, which is appreciated. Sofia Black-D'Elia) whose role increases throughout the film. The protagonist: David Raskin (played by Jonny Weston, who the ten of us that saw Taken 3 would recognize) although a touch shy for a time-traveling MIT applicant, succeeds in bearing the weight of convoluted tension in a convincing performance. Overall, there isn't much to say about the nuts and bolts of the technology used in the story other than it runs into the frequent illogical snares of time-travel, but it remains pretty entertaining. It also made me feel old, but to explain why would needlessly spoil some of the plot. Though the target audience would be around 17-25 (among whom the film should be popular), I think older age brackets will find the film more than acceptable as something to enjoy during the cold temps ahead.
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