Adam Reed, a time-traveling pilot, accidentally crash-lands in 2022 and teams up with his 12-year-old self to save the future.
Those who know Ryan Reynolds should know what to expect from any movie he appears in. Here, he continues his tradition of playing basically the same character with snide remarks, unending jokes, and sarcastic quips. But that doesn't stop The Adam Project from being a totally enjoyable film.
Reynolds plays Adam Reed who meets his younger self while on a mission to find a loved one and alter the future. While bonding, the two learn the importance of cherishing every second spent with family members.
The lead star does what he does best; crack jokes while bringing his charm and charisma to bear as the protagonist whose connections to those he loves make him a loveable character.
Unlike some other films where those jokes are mostly not needed, the actor's humourous lines here are essential to the establishment of his character as someone who hides his pain under those jokes.
While Reynolds is compelling as the lead, the young actor who plays his 12-year-old self, Alex Mallari Jr., is equally amazing. He definitely measures up to the older actor, dishing out his endless verbal comments and almost outshining his older self in the process.
Zoe Saldana appears for a shorter time than I expected but the impression her character makes is one that reverberates for the entirety of the film. She is a great actress and I loved seeing her kick some ass.
Mark Ruffalo plays Louis Reed, the hero's father in a part that very much reminded me of his role as Bruce Banner in the MCU. While he doesn't really do anything outstanding, the short time he shows vulnerability towards the end is a testament to his dexterity as a thespian.
I won't leave out the lovable Jennifer Garner whose performance as Adam's mother is convincing and impressive. Her part, though small, also adds to the plot development and character arc of the hero.
The action is good for the most part (a few sequences were subpar), the special effects are not bad, and the humour is not out of place.
The Adam Project has its flaws but that is okay because it does everything an action comedy film sets out to do; entertain outrageously.