Michael Bay, who spent the year adding to the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises to grand box office success, is now using his lingerie intensive, explosion filled producing powers to deliver a found footage time travel movie. Why? Because he can, so behold “Project Almanac.” And while this movie might seem like a total surprise, it screened this past summer to select attendees at the San Diego Comic-Con. Now it’s coming to theaters, and the first trailer has arrived.
The film is directed by Dean Israelite and stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia, and Amy Landecker, none of whom are among the most well known names on the planet, but that doesn’t always matter when a high concept is front and center of a movie. The story follows a trio of teens who uncover the blueprint for a time machine, tinker with it, and then use that technology to win the lottery and right some high school wrongs. But the resulting ripples in time become too much to handle. For the most part, this movie works, with our review calling it “a rare time travel movie that does try to cover some new ground, even while shaking off that nagging feeling of déjà vu.”
“Project Almanac” arrives on January 30, 2015. Watch below.