The Adam Project

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.

Year: 2022
Certificate: 12
Runtime: 1hr 46m
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ryan ReynoldsMark RuffaloJennifer GarnerWalker ScobellZoe SaldañaCatherine KeenerAlex Mallari Jr.

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Having seen the trailer and all the hype that “The Adam Project” was getting we decided to watch the film the weekend it released on Netflix so as to avoid online spoilers. The opening sequence of the film sees the adult Adam (Ryan Reynolds) in a spaceship being chased until he jumps through time and then crashlands in 2022. 12 year old Adam (Walker Scobell) then discovers the injured pilot in his garage who explains that he is the older version of himself. It makes for some amusing moments, most of which were in the trailer, and sets up the story quite well. We learn that Adam’s father (Mark Ruffalo) died suddenly the year before and that his relationship with his mother is strained as neither of them really know how to deal with their grief.

The film is marketed as a family-friendly sci-fi and I would agree with this to some extent, more on that later. Reynolds plays his usual self and newcomer Scobell plays an excellent version of a young Ryan Reynolds – to the point where you’re wondering if they are actually related in real life! The first half of the film has some great action scenes and comedy moments but, unfortunately, it doesn’t quite make it through to the end.

As the story progresses we see Young Adam and Old Adam working together with their mother (Jennifer Garner) and an ass-kicking friend (Zoe Saldaña) to not only evade capture by the enemy time travellers, but also to travel further back in time together to save someone that Old Adam loved. If you’ve watched the trailer, then you can probably work out what happens next.

Overall “The Adam Project” is an enjoyable film but one that seems to lose its momentum in the second half. While the first half is more comedic and action-packed, it later becomes more of a family drama, albeit somewhat lighthearted. It can be predictable at times but it does tell a good story. It’s unlikely that I will watch it again but it’s certainly not a bad film and one that I would still recommend for a switch-your-brain-off, sci-fi themed movie night with the family.

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