Found footage movies are a dime a dozen at the moment, and it seems cinema-goers cannot go a month or so without a retread of this genre popping up somewhere. Until now.
Welcome to Yesterday plans to bring originality back to this genre by introducing a time travel element. Time travel itself is hardly a new concept. However it will make a welcome change from seeing demons or ghosts causing havoc for people. While a few stand out films in this genre (Chronicle, V/H/S, Europa Report) have re-invigorated the found footage film, Welcome to Yesterday looks to continue this trend.
Relatively new director Dean Israelite is working from a script by Paranormal Activity 5 scribes Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark with Paramount’s Insurge Picture Label on producing duties. It stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Ginny Garnder, Sam Lerner, and Allen Evangelista.
The basic plot seems to involve a group of teenagers who discover plans to build a time machine which then sets a series of events in motion which will change not only their lives, but history as well…
To be perfectly honest when I heard Paranormal Activity: The Marked mentioned in the same breath as this movie my heart sank a bit. It sank even more when I saw Michael Bay’s name pop up. This trailer however shows great promise. The parallels between this film and Chronicle are fairly obvious as a group of teens abuse a new skill for their own benefit, and things go poorly. Another example of the classic ‘butterfly effect’.
Having to go back and redo all the historical changes they made, as well as the possibility of ending a romance that will now never be allowed to exist adds a nice feeling of tension throughout the trailer which could turn quite sinister, if that dark scene at the end of the trailer involving the mirror reflection is anything to go by.
If this film is successful we could see a whole new wave of found footage flicks moving away from the horror genre format. The film will be released in cinemas on February 28, 2014 so it won’t take long before we see if the film lives up to the trailer.
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