Don't take me back to Project Almanac.
Don't take me back to Project Almanac. Photo credit: Guy D'Alema

DVD REVIEW: Time travel on a budget fails to satisfy


Reviewer: Megan Mackander

Verdict: 2 stars 


THE idea of time travel is intriguing to me.

Pair with that the "butterfly effect theory" to a movie script and I'm hooked.

They are topics that are fascinating.

That was until MTV got its hands on the subject.

Project Almanac is a film with a great premise but poorly executed.

The teen time-machine movie is good for a B-grade film, with the stars all unknown.

Adorable yet nerdy David and his sister Christina find an old video camera in their inventor dad's attic.

He died 10 years earlier, but he left behind clues as to how to build a time machine and soon David and his brainy friends set about building the world-changing invention.

They eventually get it right and begin re-writing their own history.

They are careful at first not to alter the past but soon get carried away.

The premise has been done to death, but screenwriters Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan give it a fresh spin by using it as a vehicle for adolescent wish fulfilment.

The kids arrange for themselves to win the lottery, boost their popularity and their test scores.

All in all, it's pretty lame. I was sitting, waiting for more meaningful time-travel missions.

And why didn't David go back and stop his dad from dying in the car crash?

To add to the problems of this film, some idiot decided to video three-quarters of the scenes from the perspective of a hand-held camera, producing jiggly and unstable scenes.

The camera is a key item in the film and is vital to the boys discovering time travel could just be possible, but I just wish this movie was filmed in a more viewer-friendly fashion.

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