The Adam Project


Viewed – 24 March 2022 Netflix

Ryan Reynolds continues to be one of my favourite movie stars of late and his brand of motor-mouth humour always proves fun. This latest, a time travel action comedy has him as a ‘Adam Reed’, a guy who travels back in time from 2050 to prevent the creation of time travel technology to stop a megalomaniac former colleague from wrecking havoc.

This was an interesting experience. I’ve always enjoyed these sorts of movies even if here, the time-bending elements are a bit weak. There’s still a lot to enjoy as Reed finds himself teaming up with his twelve year old self through much of the movie. Although a fun idea – the fact the movie forces Reed to interact with his younger self for the sake of the movie’s unique selling point rather than being necessary plot-wise – kind of makes it a bit unnecessary. However with decent support from Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo and some heart-tugging scenes, I still enjoyed this.

Catherine Keener was rather bland and not that interesting as the villain, and with some dodgy de-ageing effects for her younger self, I couldn’t help feel the concept with being held back by either a limited budget or just poor effects. This carries over to some of the action which at times looks great, and other times looks like green-screen hell. Overall an entertaining movie with big ideas that doesn’t quite reach it’s potential.

Verdict: Good

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