If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? ‘Spend more/less time working’, ‘Tell your friends and family more often that you love them’, ‘Try to eat the 5-a-day every day’. Whatever it is, sadly, it’s impossible to go back in time and to tell that.
This is unless you’re part of “The Adam Project”, the latest film from director Shawn Levy (“Free Guy”, “Date Night”). Together with an A-list cast, Levy takes you back to the past (and at the same time to the future), which results in a fun, witty and action-packed time-travel movie.
Life isn’t easy for the 12-year-old Adam Reed (Walker Scobell). He’s been bullied for years, and sadly now he also has to deal with the unexpected loss of his dad Louis (Mark Ruffalo). The latter certainly has a significant impact on the relationship with his mother, Ellie (Jennifer Garner), who’s doing everything she can to navigate work, personal and love life as a single mother.
The anger, frustration and sadness put an enormous strain on the mother-son bond. Adam’s life becomes even more complicated when he encounters time-traveller/pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds). His future-self flew over from 2050 to 2018 but landed in 2022 to save the world, his wife Laura (Zoe Saldana) and dad.
At first, the Adams aren’t very keen on their unexpected encounter, but soon they realize what it can mean to them. For teenage Adam, this is the perfect opportunity to get a glimpse of what his life will be like. While landing in 2022 wasn’t the plan, adult Adam could use this opportunity to give his younger self life-changing advice about school, life, and relationships.
This might also be the most significant chance to rectify mistakes he made in the past. Don’t we all have things we wished we could have done differently? While the two Adams try to navigate through the world, which isn’t easy when you’re both headstrong and stubborn, they also have to find a way to get Adam’s spaceship up and running to get to 2018. However, when soldiers from the future want to destroy Adam (it doesn’t matter which one), this battle becomes one about life and death.
Yes, “The Adam Project” is again a time-travel sci-fi movie. Yes, it again stars Ryan Reynolds, who’s again his usually witty and clever self. Yes, this film is doing everything to become the first Netflix crowd-pleaser of 2022. So why would you see “The Adam Project”? Well, because the movie is worth every second and here’s why!
What makes this film so irresistible is the impeccable chemistry between Reynolds and Scobell. Reynolds (“Red Notice”, “Free Guy”) gives the same performance we’ve seen from him so many times, but again, his acting absolutely does the trick.
He portrays Ada with a lot of humour and charm. It’s precisely what we expect from him, and if that’s what you love, you’re certainly in for a treat. A double treat because Scobell, who makes his acting debut, captures and copies that Reynolds acting style perfectly and gives his charm and uniqueness to it. He oozes flair, cuteness and cleverness. You certainly get a fast-paced, witty, heart-warming movie when you put Reynolds and Scobell together.
They get support from an excellent cast. Garner (“Dallas Buyers Club”, “13 Going on 30”) her performance is an incredibly touching one, and you can feel every emotion Ellie’s going through. Her most impactful scene is undoubtedly the only one between her and Reynolds.
That bar scene feels extremely real, emotional, honest and captivating. We’re hoping that both actors come up against each other in another movie soon. While Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”) only appears for the first time mid-movie, she certainly knows how to make an epic entrance.
That fighting scene indicates what we can expect from her overall performance. Bad-ass, fast-paced and emotional. If there’s one performance that’s pulling on the heartstring, it’s Ruffalo’s (“Thor Ragnarok”, “Avengers Age of Ultron”). We can’t say too much (otherwise, we will spoil the movie for you) but he certainly gives a delightful, honest and touching performance.
While time-travel is undoubtedly a big part of this movie, “The Adam Project” mainly focuses on human relationships, and that’s another reason why this film works exceptionally well. Whether it’s losing your loved ones, the strong bond between mother and son or going through difficult teenage years, we can all relate to the movie in one way or another.
The emotions are perfectly combined with the stunning special effects. This extraordinary combination makes even the more over-the-top moments feel touching.
While watching “The Adam Project”, you will undoubtedly notice many references to other great movies such as “Back to the Future”, “Star Wars”. “13 Going On 30” and “Deadpool”. But, what happens if you put all those stunning movies and their unique aspects into one big bowl, mix it up, and add some personal touches? Then you get an emotional, thrilling and magical film worth the watch!
“The Adam Project” is now available on Netflix.
11th March 2022
THE QUICK SELL
After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future