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Project Almanac (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 30 January 2015 (USA)
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A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.

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Ben Raskin
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David, Age 7
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Dr. Lou
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Sarah Nathan
Curry Stone ...
Male Student
Jamila Thompson ...
Marina
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Liv
Hillary Harley ...
Blonde
Courtney Bowers ...
Jess' Friend
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Storyline

As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and for personal gain. But as their future falls apart with disasters, and they come to realize the irreversible ripple effects caused by their time travels, they must decide to fix this once and for all.

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To fix the past, would you risk your future? See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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30 January 2015 (USA)  »

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Almanac  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,500,000, 1 February 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,331,028, 22 March 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,248,241
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There has been 3 different titles for this movie: "Welcome to Yesterday", "Almanac", and "Project Almanac". See more »

Goofs

"The motion sensors are routed through my smart phone with an 802.11g, 64 gigahertz wireless." IEEE 802.11g-2003 is an old Wi-Fi standard that uses the 2.4GHz radio band. See more »

Quotes

Quinn Goldberg: The machine has given us everything.
David Raskin: It's not just about us. This thing is better than us!
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Connections

Featured in Smosh: Time Traveling Pickup Master (2015) See more »

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Caught Up
Written by Jessica Lauren Hernandez
Performed by Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas
Courtesy of Instant Records, Inc.
By arrangement with The Orchard
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Explorers meets Back to Future in Found Footage style.

This film seems to have really divided people on here but on the whole I really liked it.

Teenager David Raskin (A very good Jonny Weston, an actor clearly with a good career ahead of him) is a bit of a brain box at school. His best friend is an even bigger nerd than he is and not as brainy and of course he fancies one of the it girls, while his sister is being bullied by some others. Weston is a very good looking actor, so trying to pass him off as a science geek is really a bit of a stretch one of the films weakest flaws but one I was prepared to forgive. This group form an unlikely alliance when they discover via one of David's deceased Dad's experiments, they have invented time travel. They jump together and change various things in their recent past and also do some fairly typical teenage things like go and win the lottery. Someone on here was moaning saying people wouldn't do that, they would go back and see people they loved and so on - well I am fairly certain as a teenager I would do both.

Our lead character though cannot leave well enough alone and jumps once too often and the ripple effect begins to cause them problems.

Project Almanac is a found footage film and these normally alone will cause me not to watch them but I found the premise of this one intriguing enough to seek it out. It's helped by a reasonably good script which plays out like a good episode of the Twilight Zone but what really helps the film is the cast. Its pretty rare that a group of teenage actors should all be universally so good, but that is certainly the case here. Sofia Black-D'Elia who more recently starred in Born of War is especially good and one I predict big things for while Sam Lerner who plays the thankless role of the Annoying friend clearly has taken on board everything his actor father taught him. This really is a talented group of individuals.

The film reminded me of the 1980s cult film The Explorers and I found myself rooting for the hero towards the end because you wanted him to set everything right. I really enjoyed this film and stayed up really late when I was super tired to watch it. Thankfully I wasn't bored and I was with them until the end. Recommended, from me at least anyway.


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