Review: The Adam Project

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Led by the excellent duo of young Walker Scobell and Ryan Reynolds, The Adam Project is a runaway train of action, hilarity, and heart.

When a time traveling fighter pilot from 2050 (Reynolds) inadvertently crash-lands in 2022, he teams with his younger self to save the future. The Adam Project is yet another collaboration between Reynolds and director Shawn Levy, who most recently teamed up for the hit comedy Free Guy. Their latest is a touching film featuring themes of self-reflection, purpose, and love that is an ambitious futuristic project. Does it always work? No, it falters in rushing through the establishment of the plot and the details necessary to truly understand all that is going on. There is a lack of depth that could have further elevated The Adam Project. But still, it’s pretty great.

Scobell is an absolute standout here, the undisputed star of the film; his ability to go toe-to-toe with Reynolds in exchanging witty banter and hit the comedic timing is a wonder to observe. He was the perfect casting for this role opposite Reynolds, who himself is his usual humorous self in a solid performance. There are more times than I can count where I laughed out loud. The action scenes are awe-inspiring, the graphics quite impressive. Catherine Keener is a highly effective antagonist who was just a delight to watch. It just all happens so fast that it has left me wanting more; I want to explore this world and the pieces of the story that we don’t see on screen. I wanted more of Zoe Saldaña, Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Garner, the latter of which is greatly underutilized. An additional half hour of exposition would have taken The Adam Project to the next level.  But what we get is an incredibly fun, hilarious, action-packed riff on familiar time travel plot points that will be fun for the whole family.

The Adam Project hits Netflix on Friday.

Rating: 4/5

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