Time Travel Shenanigans with a Heart – Review of The Adam Project

Poster Art for The Adam Project. Source

Ryan Reynolds has certainly been a busy man over the last few years. With The Adam Project, his second collaboration with director Shawn Levy, we get a fun time travel yarn that wears its heart on its sleeve. Reynolds excels at these types of movies (when he isn’t indulging in his raunchier humor with films like Deadpool). The rest of the cast manage to make the film enjoyable to watch, even if there are some paint-by-numbers tropes in use for the film.

Spoilers ahead, so don’t read if you haven’t watched The Adam Project.

Reynolds and Walker Scobell both portrayed Adam Reed at different stages of his life (44-year-old Adam and 12-year-old Adam, respectively). The banter between the two of them takes up the majority of the film’s run time and there are some fantastic moments between them. My favorite would have to be toward the end when the two are seated across from each other at a park bench in front of a motel. Scobell doesn’t get too many moments where he’s not the kid sidekick but the majority of the emotional weight of the park bench scene is carried by the young actor and he does remarkably well with the material. For his part, Reynolds carries himself as the bitter, cynical version of Adam that has a small lifetime of regrets underpinning his behavior. It’s a textbook case of unresolved childhood trauma that for some reason Ryan Reynolds is so good at portraying on film.

Zoe Saldana also makes an appearance as Laura, older Adam’s wife, who was stuck in the past due to the nefarious machinations of Maya Sorian (portrayed with menacing relish by Catherine Keener). Saldana gets to be her usual badass self on film, something that is old hat at this point for Saldana. That’s not a criticism on my part. One of the reasons I’ve enjoyed Saldana’s work over the years is that she plays tough, fierce women with aplomb. I’d happily spend an afternoon and an evening watching Saldana kick ass on film and consider that time well-spent. Keener does the most with the material that she’s given, which basically amounts to corrupt corporate executive, or a female Lex Luthor. The de-aging CGI for Keener is glaringly bad when her 2018 version shows up, which is one of my major gripes about the tail-end of the film. With that being said, Keener chews on the scenery here like it’s a well-done stea, which makes her fairly unoriginal villainess fun to watch.

Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner round out the rest of the cast. Sadly, Garner wasn’t given much screen time in the film, portraying Adam’s emotionally wrought mother in 2022 and the supportive wife in 2018. It’s a shame they didn’t give her more to do in the picture. Ruffalo brings snarky, nerdy life to Louis Reed, Adam’s father. Seeing Ruffalo go into snark-to-snark combat with Reynolds is a delight and I’m sure there are outtakes where the two of them ad-libbed dialogue that would be hilarious to watch. It’s in the scenes with Ruffalo, Reynolds, and Scobell that the real heart of this story is found: a father meeting future versions of his son who has been marked by the tragedy of losing him at too young of an age.

L to R: Adult Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds), Louis Reed (Mark Ruffalo), and Kid Adam Reed (Walker Scobell). Source

For me, the scenes between Louis and the two versions of Adam, particularly at the end when the three of them play catch one last time, tugs on the heartstrings hard. Some might say it’s sappy, but that’s what the scene is meant to be. Ruffalo doesn’t half-ass the role, bringing his charm to Louis and the interactions between father and son(s) to full bloom in the short amount of time he has in the film.

While predictable at times, The Adam Project is an enjoyable movie and one that I would highly recommend watching if you have a Netflix subscription.

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