Taken from TAG24: Project Adam is back to the future for a new generation
By Rey Harris
Netflix has released its latest original sci-fi comedy film Friday, The Adam Project, and he’s giving back vibes while standing on his own.
Directed by Shawn Levy, The Adam Project tells the story of a sarcastic time-traveling pilot from the future, played by Ryan Reynolds, who inadvertently crashes into the past and finds himself at age 12.
The two team up to save the world by destroying the invention of time travel together. They share the screen with a top-notch cast, including Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener and Zoe Saldaña.
While the world certainly has no shortage of time-traveling sci-fi movies, there aren’t many good ones. The idea of time travel and the mechanisms that might make it possible are all theoretical. As the act itself was not done physically – or so we believe – the phenomenon was left to the imagination.
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There’s no “right way” to tell a story about time travel, which leaves room for a film that could be wracked with plot holes and narrative pitfalls if the writing doesn’t. is not well thought out.
In a film industry invaded by restart, remakes and knockoffs, does The Adam Project manage to offer something original while avoiding the pitfalls that most time travel films fail to avoid? TAG24 hit Netflix’s queue to find out.
Back to the future for a new generation
Back to the Future is a cult classic, in part because it’s such an original concept for its time. Its popularity also set the trend for other time travel movies and similar sci-fi comedies to inevitably follow.
One of the most memorable scenes from Back to the Future is when Marty McFly begins to disappear after altering his past. This poses the overarching question, “If I affect the past, can it alter or destroy my future?” The film explores the answer with humor and unforgettable characters.
The Adam project manages to do the same, but with its own twist. Unlike Back to the Future, which feels more like comedy than sci-fi overall, the new film strikes the perfect balance between the two while maintaining its PG-13 rating.
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Many critics have called The Adam Project nostalgic, simply because it recalls the feelings viewers felt when they first saw sci-fi classics like Back to the Future. I would say “nostalgia” is the wrong term here, as The Adam Project doesn’t seem to be trying to replicate movies before it and deserves to stand on its own as an original piece.
The film doesn’t return to a different time period, like in other Netflix releases like Stranger Things, nor does it rely on referential humor to carry its comedy. Instead, it implements aspects used in popular films that sci-fi and comedy fans love. It combines laughter and fun, like Back to the Future, with action reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy, accompanied by a story that feels new and original. All these qualities come together to make the film, quite simply, a good time.
The Adam Project manages not to take itself too seriously, but just serious enough to create an original narrative full of heart.
The Adam project is full of depth
At this point, no one should be too surprised that Ryan Reynolds is the star of a good movie. There’s something about his shtick that never gets old. He shines even brighter when working with a great creative team and playing the “right” character.
Director Levy seems to understand this, as Reynolds also starred in his latest film, Free Guy, which has him playing a character with a similar vibe. Love him or hate him, Reynolds once again brings the charm, wit, and hilarious sarcasm he’s known for to this latest release.
Originally, Tom Cruise was cast as the lead on the Adam Project, and it’s clear that had the Mission Impossible star directed, it would have been a very different film.
While Reynolds isn’t the only reason the movie is full of heartfelt moments and likable characters, it’s obvious that without him they might not have gone so smoothly.
Walker Scobell, who plays young Adam, gives his best impression of Reynold and manages to capture the qualities fans love most about Reynolds in a smaller format – without feeling contrived. Young Adam perfectly encapsulates being a kid in the middle of adolescence and feeling inadequate at every turn. While it’s a sentiment most can relate to, Scobell’s performance is honest and brings it to life in a way that many actors fail to deliver.
The supporting characters in the film are also all surprisingly likable, each with a meaningful story worth telling. While the script never dives too deep into the subplots, it gives enough to tug at your heart and get you invested in more than just the main cast.
A tweet from Netflix showcased the film’s warm, fuzzy sentiment: “This will make you want to call your mom and tell her all the reasons you love her.”
The Adam Project is now streaming on Netflix.
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