Friday, March 11, 2022

The Adam Project (2022)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: The Adam Project (2022)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Length: 106 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Production/Distribution: 21 Laps Entertainment, Maximum Effort, Skydance Media, Netflix
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Actors: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldana, Catherine Keener, Alex Mallari Jr., Braxton Bjerken, Kasra Wong, Lucie Guest
Blurb from IMDb: A time-traveling pilot teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future.

Selina’s Point of View:
March is a big month for science fiction, and The Adam Project was pretty high on my list of must-sees. It was even higher on the list for Cat, who put it as her #2 movie to look out for.
We were both right, but is that all that much of a shock? It’s a Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Red Notice, Free Guy) film. It was destined to – at the very least – be fun.
On that subject, my very first thought was that it must have been difficult to find a kid that could play Ryan Reynolds as well as Reynolds plays himself. The casting director, Carmen Cuba (Stranger Things, The Martian, The Power of the Dog), should be proud of herself. It definitely felt like tiny Adam and adult Adam were the same person in every scene where they interacted.

Walker Scobell had no business being as good as he was. At 13-years-old, in his full-length feature film debut, he held his own with one of the most beloved actors of our time. That’s insane. I had to look up his age because I didn’t believe he wasn’t older and just playing a kid. It’s going to be interesting to watch what he does next.
I expected The Adam Project to be funny and to have some decent action sequences. It lived up to all that. I wasn’t, however, expecting to be called out quite as much as I was.
There were serious gut-punches that led to tears. On top of that, there were some moments of reflection that have given me things to talk to my therapist about. “It’s easier to be angry than it is to be sad.” I mean, yeah, but – shut up.

I had a good time watching The Adam Project. Everything was so well done: from the story to the acting, to the script, to the subtle pop-culture nods. There was a little something for everyone.
That said, it’s time travel. I, personally, enjoyed the take on it – but it’s a hot-button issue for sci-fi fans. Everyone has a very strong opinion on how it’s shown and not everyone is going to agree with this specific way. I don’t think it should hurt anyone’s enjoyment of it, but it’s worth noting.
The Adam Project was a great flick for just about anybody. An inherent interest in sci-fi is not required.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 81%
Metascore – 55%
Metacritic User Score – 7.0
IMDB Score – 7.2/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 5/5
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