Project Almanac follows five friends who discover a time machine in protagonist David's basement. After putting it together, the five use the invention to reap the benefits of their lives. However, use of the machine leads to problem in David's life and he must fix the mistakes he has created in his timeline.
I will not say that Project Almanac's story is the worse plot I have seen for a movie of this genre. However the story behind this film is a combination of being bland and confusing. The majority of the story deals with the five teenagers using the time machine to their benefit. This past was not unexpected as anyone in the same situation would likely do the same. However, because the story deals with this factor, it leaves the conflict of the plot to be underwhelming. When it really comes down to it, the tension behind the concept had little impact in the overall world of the film. It does not help knowing how the story was going to end. David sees himself at his 10th Birthday Party; which leads him to the discovery of the time machine. While this was not a bad thing to have in the story, it felt like the film missed an opportunity with this plot point. The film does bring up this particular point, but the conflict would have been better if the characters were trying to avoid this point in time; only to discover that this moment is destined to happen. While a story can divulge from being what we want it to be, it does not help when the plot presented is not interesting.
The characters to this movie acted like teenagers with a time machine, and I cannot take away that their use of the device was unexpected. However, that does not change the fact that none of the characters were remotely compelling. While there was a sense of character in the cast, most of them felt underwhelming or just character types that I have seen before. The only character that had development was David, but that is not saying much. Most of David's character ranged from being cliched or just unethical. While David's development was understandable, his motivation dealt more with impressing love interest Jessie then anything else. Needless to say: there was just not much to David as well as the rest of Project Almanac's cast.
The fact of the matter is, while the film is different for the subgenre, Project Almanac has little to no impression. This is due to its underwhelming story and characters, as well as its questionable technical aspects. It may look like an interesting idea, but Project Almanac may have you trying jump back in time so you can stop yourself from watching this film.