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The Adam Project Review: Old & Young Ryan Reynolds Capture Spielberg Magic

The Adam Project is a charming and fun sci-fi throwback, fueled by a strong script and one of Reynolds' best performances.

After achieving success with last year’s Free Guy, director Shawn Levy and star Ryan Reynolds collaborated again on Netflix’s new sci-fi movie, The Adam Project. The two films are cut from a similar cloth, seemingly modeled after original, high-concept genre films prevalent in the 1980s (Back to the Future and E.T. were cited as Adam Project influences). Free Guy was a pleasant surprise, earning praise from critics and audiences, raising expectations for the duo’s next outing. Fortunately, this latest work delivers. The Adam Project is a charming and fun sci-fi throwback, fueled by a strong script and one of Reynolds’ best performances.

Reynolds stars in The Adam Project as Adam Reed, a fighter pilot who time travels from the year 2050 and finds himself in the present day. There, he encounters his younger self (Walker Scobell), a 12-year-old kid grieving the death of his father, Louis (Mark Ruffalo) and making life even more difficult for his mourning mother, Ellie (Jennifer Garner). On a desperate mission to save the future, the older Adam enlists the help of his younger self to thwart Maya Sorian’s (Kathleen Turner) plans.

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The Adam Project tolerantly doesn’t get hindered in time travel mechanics, burning through brief period to get the two Adams together on their journey. The guidelines the film adheres to will to a great extent be recognizable to any individual who’s seen comparable titles The Adam Project draws motivation from. Big Adam and Young Adam’s dynamic is a greater focus in the script and their relationship with their parents is the movie’s emotional core. Youthful Adam is a disturbance for Ellie, mistreating her as she attempts to keep her head above water. Interestingly, Big Adam harbors solid enmity towards Louis. Discussions between the two Adams assist them with understanding things according to with an improved point of view, energizing strong and viable bends. The science fiction components are an engaging background for a story that is tied in with something significantly more, permitting The Adam Project to pull at the heartstrings.

Reynolds is dependably exemplifying an onscreen persona crowds know about, however he is given snapshots of passionate truthfulness to take care of tissue the person. Specifically, his communications with Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana (playing Big Adam’s better half, Laura) are very moving, productively passing appropriate data about the characters’ connections on to get crowds contributed. Reynolds additionally has incredible science with Scobell, an ideal decision to play a shrewd mouthed, more youthful form of his personality. The two play off of one another well overall – whether the scene calls for emotional beats or parody (the content makes them entertain meta kids about Reynolds). Turner is strangely the most vulnerable connection in the supporting cast, however that has more to do with the composition than her exhibition. Maya appears to be a two-layered, eager for power lowlife who is only an obstruction for the Adams to survive.

Zoe Saldana and Ryan Reynolds in The Adam Project

As far as science fiction activity, The Adam Project doesn’t waste time (however there are a few perfect visuals and ideas). What makes it click is the strength of the characters and their own accounts, getting watchers put resources into what’s going on onscreen. While the Adams’ own journeys are incredible, there is somewhat of a distinction with the bigger classification plot. Issues with the narrating stem from telling rather than appearing, particularly as the horrendous 2050s future Big Adam is attempting to forestall is barely shown. This contrarily impacts the general stakes a smidgen, however isn’t to the point of burdening the film. As a time travel story and an account about finding a sense of peace with misfortune, The Adam Project functions admirably with its high speed and fun minutes.

Demand is growing more films with Reynolds, and any reasonable person would agree the pair have a triumphant recipe. The Adam Project ought to create expectation for anything that’s straightaway – be it Free Guy 2 or another unique title. It harkens back to the exemplary Amblin films (counting E.T. what’s more, the Back to the Future set of three) and refreshingly isn’t busy with setting up an establishment. The Adam Project is the sort of high-profile film that probably would have tracked down progress in the cinematic world, so it’ll likely be a significant hit for Netflix, giving the decoration an engaging class film with wide allure. The individuals who delighted in Levy and Reynolds’ prior works will track down something to hook onto here.

The Adam Project will be available to stream on Netflix on March 11, 2022. It runs 106 minutes and is rated PG-13 for violence/action, language, and suggestive references.

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  • The Adam Project (2022)Release Date: Mar 11, 2022

The Adam Project

Our Rating


The Adam Project is a thoughtful, witty mash-up of all the movies from my childhood. It’s Back to the Future meets The Last Starfighter with a slew of wonderful performances from a cast that clearly loves the concept as much as I do. Ryan Reynolds is on top form as Adam, while Walker Scobell matches him punch for punch with a great debut performance. The Adam Project is a love letter to the family sci-fi flicks of the ‘70s and ‘80s, packed full of Amblin-like charm.

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Amanda Yeo

Amanda Yeo is The Rant Mag's reporter, covering entertainment, culture, tech, science, and social good. She previously worked in refugee law to assist people seeking asylum in Australia, and holds degrees in both Communication and Laws. After making the switch to journalism, her articles have appeared in numerous publications such as Kotaku, Fandom, and Empire Magazine.

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