Let me start off by saying that I had very low hopes for this film. Upon hearing that it was produced by Michael Bay and from Platinum Dunes, I was like "Oh that will just be another failure". I don't think there has eve been a film from Platinum Dunes or Produced by Michael Bay that was good, and I was not surprised when it got mediocre reviews. So I did not expect this film to be very good at all. However, I gave it a chance and I was pleasantly surprised.
The story, while similar to other time travel films, is quite creative and intriguing. We have these teenagers building a time machine and one of them is bent on traveling back to when he was a kid after seeing a home video where he saw his current self in it.
Unlike all the other Bay-produced films, the characters here are interesting and likeable. You actually care for David and his friends as they get together and time travel while stuff goes out of control.
I think Dean Israelite, as a first time director, did a petty good job directing. For a found footage film, It is well shot and the cinematography is pretty nice to look at. For a low budget film, the effects are pretty impressive. A lot of cools things happen and it is quite intense.
There is also a pop/rock band cameo appearance which I will not give away for those who have not seen the film.
There were a few problems that I had with the film. One of them is that the camera was too shaky and over the top. The other problem is that it is a bit cliche at times. Also, while it is well acted for the most part, some of the acting felt a bit uneven.
Overall, I enjoyed Project Almanac and I would recommend it to fans of science fiction and/or the "time travel" concept.
If "Primer meets Chronicle" sounds good to you, then you'll probably enjoy it.
Project Almanac is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and Digital HD.