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Despite all the praise heaped on it on release, I was never really a fan of Josh Tranks found-footage superhero movie Chronicle. So when Project Almanac was initially announced as a “found-footage time travel movie” I was less than enthusiastic. Imagine my surprise then when the film turned out to not only be a fantastic time travel movie but also one of the best found-footage films Ever made. For me it’s even better than the grand-daddy of them all, The Blair Witch Project.
Project Almanac tells the story of David (Johnny Weston), a brilliant high school student whose skills get him a place at MIT; however a lack of funds means that he can’t attend the only school that will push him academically. »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Dean Israelite
Special Features: Alternate Opening / Deleted Scenes / Alternate Endings
Project Almanac is the debut feature film for director Dean Israelite, with production backing from Michael Bay, and he puts together a solid film with likeable characters who draw you into the story. Initially centered on David (the sturdy Johnny Weston), a good-looking high school lad who gets accepted into MIT and may well be a young mastermind, the film takes us into his life via the already classic ‘handheld/found-footage’ form as he and his friends discover the blueprints for a time machine.
There’s obvious early scripting that blatantly tells us David’s Father had passed away and that his Mother is struggling to get a job, so when David and his sister Christina (the criminally underused Virginia Gardner) find an »
- Dan Bullock
Project Almanac, 2015
Directed by Dean Israelite
A found-footage teen-flick, whereby our college-applying scientists find a clock-rewinding contraption in the basement…
Creating a time travel movie that doesn’t have any leaky gaps in its plot is a very tricky thing to pull off. Similarly creating a found-footage movie that doesn’t feel contrived or forced is also very difficult to get right. Combine the two together and Dean Israelite really had a hard task on his hands to make this found footage time travel movie make sense while never feeling too gimmicky. And to his credit, he mostly succeeds. But some sloppy writing choices and half baked ideas really hold back Project Almanac from what could have been a great sci-fi movie.
Firstly, you need to have your time travel rules written down so »
- Luke Owen
Director: Dean Israelite; Screenwriter: Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman; Starring: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-d'Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 12A
Bay produces this movie through his Platinum Dunes production company and, though first-time director Dean Israelite initially has fun with Project Almanac's nifty premise, the film's inevitable descent into 'Bayhem' prevents it from being anything other than fast-forgotten entertainment.
Jonny Weston leads the cast as David, a geeky high-schooler who discovers time machine blueprints left by his late father. With his pals Quinn (Sam Lerner), Allen (Adam Le), sister Christina (Virginia Gardner) and school crush Jessie (Sofia Black-d'Elia), they construct the device and start pinballing across the space-time continuum.
It's around the 40-minute mark before »
Director: Dean Israelite
Running Time: 106 minutes
Synopsis: After discovering his late father’s camcorder, genius David Raskin (Weston) is shocked to see his current teenage self in a video from his own 7th birthday party. He and his friends soon discover his father’s research into time-travel.
Found footage does time travel in this teen focused MTV film from Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes. That’s probably inspired an awful lot of groaning, and it’s not hard to understand why. Found footage has been abused by the film industry as an excuse for cheap films that yield great returns. We’re long past the point where anybody might mistake it for real, actual footage. The Blair Witch Project is one thing, but convincing people that time-travel exists? It’s not going to happen. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Today is better the second time around. In Project Almanac, a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.
Read Michael Haffner’s review here.
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- Movie Geeks
“American Sniper” is the real winner this Super Bowl weekend.
Clint Eastwood’s Iraq War drama will top the U.S. box office for the third consecutive weekend, easily overtaking a trio of new releases: “Project Almanac,” “Black or White” and “The Loft.” This is an unpopular weekend for new, big-budget entries as theater attendance is traditionally low on Sunday during the NFL championship game.
“Sniper” earned $10 million on Friday for a projected $30 million in its third weekend of wide release. If estimates hold, the film will be just under the $250 million mark by Sunday.
If the movie comes in above forecasts, as it tends to do, it could become the highest Super Bowl weekend grosser of all time. “Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” earned that record in 2008 when it debuted to $31.1 million.
After a record-breaking wide opening over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The plot focuses on David Raskin (Jonny Weston), a very bright high school senior intent on getting into MIT. One day, while investigating the basement of his home, he discovers that his dearly departed dad has left behind plans and blueprints for a time machine he had hoped to build. Looking to make good on his father’s wishes, David brings his friends and sister together to construct it. But in the process of trying to undo past mistakes, they come to discover that changing the past may lead to dire consequences for their future.
The press day for Project Almanac was held at the Sls Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, where Weston, along with Sofia Black D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista and Virginia Gardner were all in attendance. »
- Ben Kenber
Paramount’s time-travel drama “Project Almanac” has opened with a moderate $375,000 at approximately 2,300 U.S. locations in Thursday night shows.
“Almanac” will expand to 2,893 locations and is projected to wrap up Super Bowl weekend in the $10 million to $12 million range.
The Iraq War drama, starring Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, is headed into the weekend with $217.1 million in total domestic grosses following its $3.7 million Thursday. “American Sniper” has a good chance of passing the $250 million mark by the end of the weekend.
Warner Bros. is adding 180 locations this weekend, bringing its total to 3,885 — the highest screen count ever for an R-rated title.
- Dave McNary
The found footage genre is a peculiar one. It rests its laurels on building realism through the urgency and immediacy of the filmed footage. However, quite often, the characters in these films go to such extreme lengths to shoot this footage that one wonders why they are committing to capturing so much extraneous material. Every so often, a genre film will use the recordings in a chilling or original way. However, much of the time, having a character record all of the events on a video camera comes off as a contrived gimmick. The only way a film of this sort can be successful is if the story would not have worked as effectively with a regular, multi-camera staging.
The biggest problem with Project Almanac, a new sci-fi drama aimed at teens, is how rarely its writers convince us that the story should be told through the immediate presence of a video camera. »
- Jordan Adler
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The new movie stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-d’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, and Ginny Gardner. Directed by Dean Israelite. “Project Almanac” hits theaters on January 30, 2015.
The post Project Almanac Gets A Brand New Clip appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
I don't think I could even begin to attempt to explain how the time travel is supposed to work in director Dean Israelite's Project Almanac, but it's not as if it matters. A group of teenagers stumble on blueprints telling them how to make a time machine, they make it, use it to get rich, popular and to party at Lollapalooza. What's not to understand about thatc Of course, when things begin to go wrong, and one of them attempts to fix things on his own, it's no longer fun and games. Yes, the butterfly effects is in full... ahem... effect. Told using the found footage style of filmmaking, Project Almanac is never going to come together logically, but that doesn't stop it from being a harmless little time travel feature that does tend to wear thin and overstay its welcome once things begin to fall apart for the group of five teens. »
- Brad Brevet
Should that estimate hold, “American Sniper” will become the 87th film to pass the $250 million mark. That should happen during Super Bowl Sunday. That level of business would represent a decline of only 44% from the second weekend, signalling that the Bradley Cooper vehicle will continue generating solid business in coming weeks.
It would not be an enormous surprise should “American Sniper” wrap up the weekend with over $40 million. It’s overperformed significantly from studio projections on its first two weekends in the wake of six Oscar nominations.
“The playability of ‘American Sniper’ has not diminished one bit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “This film was never trying to be a blockbuster but it’s performing like one. »
- Dave McNary
With the Super Bowl kicking off Sunday, it seems somehow appropriate that we’re looking at another “American Sniper” blowout at the box office this weekend.
The NFL’s biggest game has seen more than its share of lopsided contests over the years, and if Las Vegas set odds on the movies, the breakout hit from Warner Bros. would be a 35-point favorite.
- Todd Cunningham
A few days ago we had the opportunity to sit down and talk to the cast of the upcoming thriller "Project Almanac."
The film follows a brilliant high school student David Raskin (Jonny Weston) and his friends (Sofia Black-d’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista) who uncover blueprints for a mysterious device leading to time travel with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.
Check out what the cast had to say about their latest project.
"Project Almanac" is in theaters January 30, 2015. »
- Fernando Esquivel
Produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes, “Project Almanac” is an agreeable and entertaining teen time-travel thriller that’s equal parts Ray Bradbury and John Hughes, as our five teen leads unlock the secrets of “temporal relocation” and then trample through the delicate space-time continuum in pursuit of riches, repair and romance. Directed by Dean Israelite in his feature-length debut, the big conceit of the script and story is that what we’re seeing is all footage recorded by the film’s characters throughout their adventures. It’s a stylistic and shooting decision that adds very little and ultimately distracts »
- James Rocchi
Let’s say you discover a time machine in your basement. Would you use it to go back and stop Hitler, or would you instead make tiny jumps to tweak the quality of your own life — like taking your friends to Lollapalooza, or perfecting the all-important kiss you flubbed the first time around? For the teens in the found-footage time-travel movie “Project Almanac,” the chance to rewrite history is wasted trying to perfect their high-school experience, which naturally leads to unforeseen consequences — for them, at least, although the aftermath will be plenty familiar to butterfly-effect believers — in a film that squanders its potential.
Nearly five years after Paramount announced its Insurge initiative — a plan to generate 10 pics in the ballpark of $100,000 a year, conceived in the wake of the 2007 microbudget phenom “Paranormal Activity” — the studio has finally unveiled its first title (not counting 2012’s shoestring pickup “The Devil Inside”). But »
- Peter Debruge
In theaters next weekend, Project Almanac finds a group of high school nerds discovering time travel, and using it for their own advancement in the world. Of course this goes horribly wrong, evoking fond memories of the Ashton Kutcher cult classic The Butterfly Effect. But how did they get to the point where they've ruined their lives, and the world has begun to spin off its axis? Paramount has unlocked two new clips, which help set up this sci-fi adventure that dares meddle with the space time continuum.
Project Almanac is a "found footage" sci-fi thriller that explores what happens when a group of teenagers discover they have the ability to travel in time. This team of geeks quickly find themselves in over their heads. The predestination paradox sets off a chain of events that will be hard to fix, if not impossible. Is it too late to mend everything they've undone? »
The trailer released in November for producer Michael Bay's Project Almanac showed the main characters watching footage of a plane crash on TV, which was caused by them using a time travel device. As it turns out, first-time director Dean Israelite used footage from an actual 1994 B-52 plane crash at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state, which killed four Air Force officers. Family members of two crash victims, Col. Robert Wolff and Lt. Col. Mark McGeehan, reached out to Air Force Times, saying they were "outraged" that the footage was used in a completely different context from what happened to their loved ones.
Paramount is responding by removing the footage from the film and all of the promotional materials, with a studio spokesperson confirming that this will not affect the January 30 release. Michael Bay also responded with a statement to Air Force Times on why he made the decision to cut the scene, »
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.
Project Almanac opens in theaters on January 30th.
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