Hand held filming appears to be use to confuse and hide a poor script. See Blair Witch the biggest rip off film ever.
Almanac runs on sort of a Frankenstein track. David Raskin (Jonny Weston) an unimportant high school student along with his sister (Virginia Gardner) discover their dad had invented a device which would allow travel in time. The devise is just lying around in the cellar of their home after dad has passed. So along with friends Jessie, Quinn and Adam (Sofia Black-D'Elia, Sam Lerner, and Allen Evangelista) they test the undefined equipment and it works.
As the group moves through time opportunities arise which were not available to each of them before. One advantage is knowing lottery numbers before the drawings and for David the ability to get close to Jessie (Sofia Black-D'Elia), who before the time machine was out of his class.
The weak script has a short tone of a quick TV drama and much of the visual experiences are just frantic hyper action scenes panned with a jumpy hopping camera.
Little time is spent attempting to explain the science fiction that is used in the process of time travel in fact The Hot Tub Time Machine has more sophistication.
This Young Frankenstein style film is like watching roaches scurry when the lights go on, and in the end nothing happens.