This review is spoiler-free.
After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self on a mission to save the future.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of Free Guy, so when I heard that Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy were teaming up again on a time travel action-comedy, I did have some initial trepidation! However, after watching The Adam Project, I am relieved to say that any concerns were unfounded, and unlike Free Guy, The Adam Project is a really enjoyable movie from start to finish!
Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that this is a ground-breaking or genre-defining movie because, to be honest, there is a lot of generic cookie-cutter elements within the film’s makeup, but this is in no way a bad thing nor is it detrimental to the enjoyment that I had with The Adam Project. The Adam Project is genuinely funny and full of exciting action moments with plenty of sci-fi tomfoolery too! But what I wasn’t expecting was the film to have so much heart and human drama! The way this film deals with loss and the aftermath of such unthinkable tragedy is present throughout the movie and is a real driving force in terms of both the story and the characters.
Finally, on a personal note, I think I responded to this movie’s emotional moments, more than most probably will, because a lot of the child and parenting aspects seen within the movie mirrors some of my own childhood memories and issues, albeit in different representations. So, the final scene, in particular, got me more than a little teary-eyed!
In terms of the cast, we all know what to expect from a Ryan Reynolds performance these days. His detractors will say “one-trick pony”, as for me? I don’t mind him, most of the time anyway. I think it really depends on the script, as for me Free Guy was a great example of a standard Reynolds performance let down by poor writing, whereas that is not the case with The Adam Project. I mentioned previously that I didn’t expect the emotional side of the story to be so prevalent, but I certainly didn’t expect Reynolds (Adam Reed) to act his ass off when it came to the emotional beats. And it’s not just Reynolds, all of the main cast has the ability to turn on the tears and really pull at your hearting strings!
As enjoyable as Reynolds was, I must say I am mightily impressed with Walker Scobell (Adam Reed), who not only looks like a younger Reynolds but also manages to perfectly replicate that smug-quippy Reynolds trademark! The pair also really bounced off each other really well too! Playing Scobell’s parents are Jennifer Garner (Ellie Reed) and Mark Ruffalo (Louis Reed) – Yes, I too had major 13 Going on 30 flashbacks – who are both incredible in their supporting roles, be it Garner’s very honest and real performance as a grieving wife and mother or Ruffalo bringing the funny! Additionally, while Zoe Saldana’s (Laura) role in the movie is much smaller than I imagined, her arrival and impact on the story and Adam (Reynolds) leave a lasting impression! The villain of the film comes in the form of Catherine Keener (Maya Sorian) who is the perfect antagonist for this type of movie and I’m glad they didn’t go down the ‘evil businessman’ route. I just think having a female ‘big bad’ makes a nice change when it comes to the sci-fi genre.
The Adam Project may not be in the running for best sci-fi movie of all time, but that doesn’t take away from how enjoyable and fun the movie is! It’s a pacy, action-filled sci-fi drama with a lot of interesting concepts and design elements and a cast that really brings their A-game! Grab the popcorn, sit back, and enjoy!