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  • Updated: March 23, 2022

'The Adam Project' Review: Ryan Reynolds Is Here To Save The Future

Ryan Reynolds' character and his younger self banter, joke, and pull some heartstrings in this totally enjoyable sci-fi yarn. 

Director Shawn Levy (Free Guy) returns to helm this movie about Adam Reed (Reynolds), a man who crash-lands in 2022 and enlists the aid of his 12-year-old self (Alex Mallari Jr.) to save a loved one and alter the future.

The thing with time travel is that things get confusing and paradoxical and I guess this is something the screenwriters know all too well, hence the decision to make this a sci-fi movie about the importance of family.

As is expected, the protagonist Adam Reed is basically a trash-talking asshole who meets his verbal match in his younger self. 

Adam despises the weakling that is his 12-year-old self while the latter is in awe of the ripped hotty that he grows up to be. Their meeting means insecurities, secrets, and pent-up feelings will be revealed, with their longing for a father uniting them in their common goal to save the future.

Reynolds is mostly the reason this film is greatly entertaining; he knows he is good at dark comedy and has embraced the part even though it's becoming rather annoying.

As the conflicted hero, Adam grew up missing the parental influence of a father and when the strong connection he has made is taken away, he risks everything to get it back.

The lead actor balances the dual roles of providing comic relief and expressing the grief that has plagued him for the better part of his life. 

Unlike in some previous films, Reynolds' snide remarks, sarcastic quips, and crude jokes have relevance here. They show that underneath his daredevil exterior is a man suffering because he chooses to hate the one person he feels deprived him of the love he craved.

Zoe Saldana and Ryan Reynolds in THE ADAM PROJECT

Reynold's charm and charisma are matched by Mallari Jr's remarkable performance. The young actor who plays his younger self does so with panache.

It's no easy feat going toe to toe with one of the foulest mouths in entertainment but when you hold your own even as a child, it becomes a major achievement.

Zoe Saldana plays the supporting role of the hero's love interest. It's a relatively small part but the talented star makes it reverberate throughout the entirety of the film.

Mark Ruffalo as Adam's father reminded me of his role as Bruce Banner in the MCU. While he doesn't exactly impress a lot, the emotions he shows at the end is a testament to his dexterity as an actor.

I will not forget to mention the lovable Jennifer Garner whose warmth as the conflicted hero's mum shines through with every scene in which she appears. She contributes to his journey and inevitable character arc.

For the most part, the action is well-executed (with the exception of a few sequences that seemed subpar) and the special effects are not bad.

The tone sometimes suddenly shifts from comic to serious within seconds but that doesn't take away the balance that carries the plot of the film.

Ryan Reynolds' character sets out to save the future and he saves this film along the way, keeping it going with his comic skills and occasionally nuanced performance.

This movie from Netflix is a truckload of fun for those who choose to swallow its forgettable shortcomings and embrace the outrageous entertainment it provides.

Rating: 7.5/10.

 

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Sydney Elike

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