THE ADAM PROJECT: A High Energy Time Travel Adventure
Directed by Shawn Levy
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Catherine Keener and Zoe Saldana
There is tons to enjoy in The Adam Project a movie that never takes itself and it’s time travel too serious. Jam packed with some very entertaining names, and creative action sequences- the latest release from Netflix is yet another hit for me from the pair of Shawn Levy & Ryan Reynolds.
A time-traveling pilot teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future.
The script is easy enough to follow, and never does it feel like the time travel rules they set up become too much for an average viewer to follow. It sets up rather a very good explanation for how the time travel works, and then just proceeds with the story- rather than getting into the consequences of Reynolds interacting with his younger self after all I’m sure that could be a separate movie. There’s some cornball moments where the film goes completely out of its way to hit the viewer in its feels, and you know what I ate up every single one of those- namely the moment between Garner and Reynolds in the bar where shes unaware that the conversation she is having is with her adult son. That hit me in the feels, and was everything it was meant to be no matter the cheese level.
Action wise it’s mostly good, there’s a couple scenes where it gets very choppy but that’s far and few between none of which takes away from the overall enjoyment of the movie. The soundtrack is bopping, every song fits the vibe of the movie completely- and so many of them are hits that will have people listening to them on various streaming platforms for a while after.
Cast wise is where it’s strongest, this is probably my favorite Ryan Reynolds performance in a while. He still is filled to the brim with his classic sarcastic persona we’re used to him having- but it’s much more toned down and there’s actually some good scenes showing his acting range. Walker Scobell is an early runner for child actor of the year, his level of smart assery is brilliant and he was able to hang with Reynolds comedic beat with ease. Unfortunately there’s not a lot to do for Saldana, Ruffalo or Garner but all three make the most of their limited screen time with impactful roles for the film. Garner & Saldana especially had some memorable moments in their short stints but I still wish there was more for both of them to do.
In the end, The Adam Project is a fun Saturday flick that can make for a fun date night, older family movie night, or just a good time with friends. It’s well worth the add to your Netflix watchlist.