15 items from 2015
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
In our latest horror/sci-fi round-up, we have details on two upcoming Jeremy Renner movies, a look at the Hannibal Season 3 poster recently posted by showrunner Bryan Fuller, details on Colin Trevorrow's next film after Jurassic World, and an update on the high school horror film, Lockdown (formerly known as Lockdown at Franklin High).
Captain America: Civil War & Story of Your Life: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Renner will appear as Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War. The plot's inclusion of the Superhero Registration Act means we should see a large number of superheroes in the sequel, with Chadwick Boseman's first appearance as Black Panther confirmed and Spider-Man's involvement likely. Captain America: Civil War will also star Chris Evans (Captain America), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Daniel Brühl in a role that's unknown at this time (though he's expected to play a »
- Derek Anderson
Fresh off the release of Paramount’s original sci-fi movie “Project Almanac,” scribes Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan have been hired to rewrite the high school monster movie “Lockdown at Franklin High” for Sony Pictures, Platinum Dunes and Benderspink, TheWrap has learned. Now known simply as “Lockdown,” the story follows a straight-edge teen girl and her rebellious outcast brother as they try to escape from their high school, which is under lockdown due to the threat of a ravenous monster that has been attacking students. Also Read: ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot: Drew Goddard in Talks to Write, Direct for Sony, Marvel Benderspink’s J.C. Spink, »
- Jeff Sneider
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 »
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
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
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
Pining for those long summer days and blood-splattered nights at Camp Crystal Lake? Looking forward to the next found footage entry in the Paranormal Activity franchise? If so, you’ll have to wait longer than expected, as Paramount Pictures has delayed the release of their new Friday the 13th movie and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, while also slating Rings, the next installment in The Ring franchise, to hit theaters on one of the vacated dates.
Deadline reports that the new Friday the 13th movie, which last May was rescheduled to come out this November 13th, has now been pushed back to a May 13th, 2016 release.
Casting and plot details for the next installment in the Friday the 13th franchise are still unknown, but David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal) is still expected to direct, with Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form producing.
Initially penciled in for a March 13th, »
- Derek Anderson
“The Ghost Dimension,” the sixth installment of the “Paranormal Activity” horror franchise, will now open on Oct. 23, 2015, pushed from its original March 13, 2015 date.
Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’
Gregory Plotkin directed the latest chapter in the supernatural franchise, which is produced by Jason Blum and original “Paranormal” director Oren Peli. Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark wrote the script. »
- Linda Ge
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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Dean Israelite makes his directorial debut with Project Almanac, a unique spin on the found footage genre. Produced by Michael Bay, a series of new TV spots offer a look at the pros and cons of meddling with one's destiny, as they break down the rules for time travel in this sci-fi thriller.
Project Almanac follows a group of high school kids who unlock the ability to travel in time. They quickly find themselves in over their heads, as these teens find inventive ways to make use of their new ability. Of course, there is a lot of danger that comes in meddling with the space time continuum, which these kids quickly learn on their own.
Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman ( Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) wrote Project Almanac, which brings a twist to the usual paradox associated with timelines and traveling between alternate dimensions. The cast of newcomers includes Sofia Black-d'Elia, »
In advance of its release at the end of this month, Paramount Pictures has posted five new TV spots for teen sci-fi thriller, Project Almanac. Directed by Dean Israelite and based on a script by Paranormal Activity 5 scribes Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark, the movie concerns the meddlesome antics of a group of youngsters who discover a time travel device and begin to utilize its capabilities for their own gain. Each 30-second tease expands on a specific area of the project, most of which involve life-changing repercussions.
Embracing the tired found footage style, the movie unravels through home video footage as the clutch of kids document their experiences. The genre itself is somewhat exhausted, but judging by the good word-of-mouth which emerged following a secret Comic-Con screening last year, Project Almanac has the potential to rise above its competitors. With this new handful of TV spots on offer, the »
- Gem Seddon
Paramount Pictures has released five TV spots for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Project Almanac, arriving in theaters nationwide January 30. The story centers on a brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger. The TV spots come just a few months after the new trailer debuted in November.
The thriller stars Sofia Black-d'Elia, Ginny Gardner, Jonny Weston, Amy Landecker, Katie Garfield, Cameron Corwin Fuller, Alexandra Bartee, Sam Lerner, Gary Grubbs and Michelle DeFraites. The film was originally slated to debut this past February, before being bumped to late January 2015, when the project was known as Welcome to Yesterday. Michael Bay produces Project Almanac through his Platinum Dunes production company.
15 items from 2015
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