Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 106 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film is about teenagers who construct their own time machine and use it to do-over and perfect their lives; there is a lot of cursing and crude jokes, including lots of jokes about sex; some kissing and objectification of young women (lingering shots of bare legs, a “hot girl” character who is lusted after); and violence and death as a result of their time-traveling actions (like a plane crashing and everyone onboard dying).
‘Project Almanac’ is yet another found-footage film with yet another failed premise. The sci-fi film about teenagers toying with time travel never develops its premise or characters enough, making it disappointingly run-of-the-mill.
By Roxana Hadadi
In the found-footage film “Project Almanac,” teenagers given the ability to travel through time do pretty much what you would expect: mess with the space/time continuum to get back at bullies, better their grades, go to parties they missed, and con the objects of their romantic affection into loving them back. It’s all light-hearted fun until everything starts going wrong, but in its execution, “Project Almanac” is far more like the teen-slasher “Final Destination” series than the more-reputable sci-fi films it references, like “Looper” or “The Terminator.” “Project Almanac” is too disappointing to hang with that crowd.