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Opinion of the Week (Mar. 22‒28, 2015)
Review: Project Almanac (2015) 7
I liked the look of this movie, so I tried it out. It's a time travel movie, the first reason why I liked the look of it, and there are direct references within the movie to Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Groundhog Day, and other movies that involve time travel. Besides those movies, the two movies it feels most like are two movies from 2014, Edge of Tomorrow and Earth to Echo. Like Edge of Tomorrow, it's a thrillingly fast-paced movie, and part of me wishes that it was slightly slower paced, but it's not poorly paced. Like Earth to Echo, it's filmed in the found-footage style, which for me automatically reminds of Cloverfield and qualifies it for (early and preliminary) 2015 consideration for best cinematography. On the other hand, though the camera work is 100% done as if with a hand-held camera, less than 100% of it convinces that it's actually a character holding the camera. Though I like that it's a time travel movie and it doesn't feel like it relies on time travel movie clichés, its plot summary sounds like a very typical time travel movie plot. Some characters construct a time machine, and it gets out of control. There's more to it than that, including time travel's connection to mind reading, and the main character's hope to use time travel to succeed in romance is one of the important ways the plot gets twisted up. It's rated PG-13, and if it were a little more cleaned up and appropriate for a PG audience, like lots of time travel movies are, it probably would have had the best taste in my eyes. Around the beginning of the movie my hopes and/or expectations were somewhere around giving this movie an 8. I gave it a 7, which compared to my hopes makes it a little bit of a disappointment, but turning out to be an overall average movie, where my expectations should have been, it's not really a disappointment.
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