The last time Ryan Reynolds and Netflix collaborated, we got Red Notice, a full-bodied, star-driven action-comedy movie done well. The last time Ryan and filmmaker Shawn Levy collaborated, we had Free Guy, a rare really imaginative and, most crucially, original blockbuster in an industry fuelled by pre-existing IP.
The Adam Project on Netflix lies somewhere in the middle. It lacks the inventiveness of Free Guy and the comfort of Red Notice. Instead, it aspires to be the big, comfy sci-fi action romp with heart and humanity. It’s an earnest effort that yields mediocre results.
The clip provides a greater understanding of the film’s topics and overall tone. We get a taste of the great chemistry between the characters as well as Reynolds’ signature humorous approach. We also acquire a better grasp of the risky job at hand, in which the team embarks on a crazy voyage back in time to solicit their father’s assistance in ensuring that time travel is never conceived. According to the official press release, “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.”
The plot is straightforward and well-known. It’s almost as if you’ve travelled back in time to meet your younger self. Ryan Reynolds plays Adam Reed, a time-traveling pilot from a dystopian future in which time has become commodified…or something. When his wife Laura (Zoe Saldana) goes missing, he finds a major conspiracy by those in power to weaponize time travel in order to dominate the globe.
Injured and on the run, Adam journeys back in time to 2020, where he encounters his 12-year-old self (Braxton Bjerken), whom he enlists for aid in finding his wife, bringing down the bad people, and saving the future.
I’m honestly trying to think of a single life-or-death situation in which my even dorkier 12-year-old self would be of any use. Unless the answer to defeating the evil guys was found in cartoons or by pretending to be interested in sports. I simply don’t see it.