Despite the plot's logic problems, the cast is absolutely terrific. These young kids have serious charisma and I enjoyed all of their performances. Sam Lerner has a great comedic career ahead of him in Hollywood and I thought that Weston and Evangelista were great as well. The girls, Virginia Gardner and Sofia Black-D'Elia, were good as well but neither really stood out to me. Those five principle players pretty much carry this entire film and there isn't much of a supporting cast. However, the main actors have more than enough charisma to keep this flick going.
I also found Project Almanac to be a constantly engaging film. I was never bored and the story, while familiar, was very entertaining. Director Dean Isrealite and screenwriters Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan provide some interesting scenarios for the characters to experience (like a VIP trip to Lollapalooza) and they manage to keep the film feeling fresh despite the fairly cliched story tropes.
Although the film plays it safe most of the time, the ending is appropriately baffling. Basically, in the last half hour everything gets really convoluted. Timelines change by the day and David keeps altering history and all the events that occur around him. The film seems to come to a satisfactory conclusion, but then throws a bizarre and somewhat unnecessary coda in there that questions your idea of everything that had just happened. I'm not really sure what went down at the end of this film, but I did enjoy that the film went for something different. I would have definitely liked a bit more clarity, yet the film didn't provide it.
The cast is great and the film is consistently fun, but is there much here? To be honest, not really. It's a decent flick. I know I'm damning this film with faint praise, but it's the truth. I don't have much to detract from the film and I also don't have a ton of positives. I didn't even truly have the motivation to write this review. I just didn't feel like I had much to add to the conversation.
Basically, Project Almanac is a fantastic rental. It's a movie that you'll watch and home and you'll be impressed by it. There's just not enough here for me to recommend that you see it in theaters. The actors are good, the script features some unique settings and solid dialogue and I enjoyed the puzzling ending, but most of this film is standing on well-worn ground. The moronic characters don't do much to improve things either and after a while, this film just gets repetitive. Project Almanac could launch many successful Hollywood careers, but it's only moderately successful in what it sets out to accomplish.
THE FINAL GRADE: B- (6.9/10)
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