Who says the “found footage” movie is out of style?

Who says the “found footage” movie is out of style?

“Project Almanac,” much like its fellow POV-shot “Chronicle,” takes a close look at a group of typical teenagers who stumble upon an extraordinary find.

“Chronicle,” 2012’s out-of-nowhere success, featured three high school guys who found themselves with superpowers after a fateful night at a party.

Instead of embarking down the heroic road of Peter (Spiderman) Parker, the three young men decided to put their powers to use in the most high school way possible. Pranks and other shenanigans filled the newly-super teen’s time until one of them goes rogue in a rather tragic turn. The film then shifts dramatically in the third act from a light affair to a grim finale.

“Project Almanac” is, in the best way possible, “Chronicle” with time travel instead of superhuman abilities.

Instead of feeling like a copycat with a different subject, “Project Almanac” serves as a fine companion piece to “Chronicle” – one that has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

In the movie, science wiz David Raskin (Jonny Weston), his two dorky pals Adam (Allen Evangelista) and Quinn (Sam Lerner) and David’s sister, Christina (Virginia Gardner), accidentally stumble upon a time machine developed by the Raskins’ deceased father. The group (along with David’s crush, Jessie, played by Sofia Black D’Elia) fixes the complex contraption up and attempts to do with it what no group of high-schoolers has done before – travel in time.

With the timeframe of travel limited, the gang takes part in everything you’d think a teen with time traveling capabilities would do – make up for failed tests, win the lottery, settle scores with bullies. It’s all innocent fun and games until an important group rule is broken and, much like “Chronicle,” the third act focuses on the consequences of one group member’s actions.

Clocking in well under two hours, “Project Almanac” is a surprisingly lean and effective for a time travel movie. While the art of time travel often makes for confusing plotting, writers Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman keep things relatively tidy.

The script never delves too deeply in the science of time travel, allowing for it to be more of a means for story instead of a cumbersome hook. Pagan and Deutschman also throw in fun nods to other time travel movies here and there.

The young cast, much like the “Chronicle” ensemble, gels extremely well. Weston handles a lot of the heavy dramatic lifting as David — and he shines as the film’s central character. The film’s supporting cast also gets good mileage with their roles, especially Lerner, who does well as the film’s comic relief.

Director Dean Israelite never lets the “found footage” approach overtake the film. In fact, the POV shots actually make sense for the occasion, as the group hopes to document their unique experiences.

Israelite also deserves major kudos for keeping “Project Almanac” moving along at its pace. There’s nary a moment or sequence that lasts too long or needs expounding. The film’s ending takes a little thinking, but it’s as sure of a finale as a time traveling movie can have.

While “Chronicle” is the more grandiose of the two in terms of scope, “Project Almanac” still manages to take its smaller story and stretch it as far as it can go. The film takes a tricky subject and morphs it around a believable cast of characters and their fascinating exploits.

“Project Almanac” is a rousing success for the hard-to-nail “found footage” and time travel genres – a fun January release that will more than make up for the lack of quality 2015 titles out at the multiplex.