Watched on: Netflix
What’s it about? The story follows a pilot from the future who encounters his younger self after traveling back in time. This narrative is very simple enough that it’s approachable for mainstream audiences, despite time travel being a very tricky plot device. There are some decent action sequences involved in this adventure but they are few and far between. There are some nice emotional tidbits that are prevented from being too tiresome thanks to the actors. Something neat to mention about the sci-fi concept here is how the protagonists ultimately decide to deal with it for the third act goal.
There are some blatant problems with this flick that just make this more standard forgettable rather than anything memorable. The antagonist is very bland in how they are written lacking much personality. The plot while simple and approachable, is predictably formulaic and overused. The dialogue is abundant with rushing through exposition so much that other relationships leave much to be desired in terms of chemistry such as a husband-wife bond.
How are the actors? The actors to focus on are Ryan Reynolds and Walker Scobell. Ryan feels like he’s doing less of his smart aleck schtick and brings some effort to the emotional beats. Walker holds his own fairly well in his scenes with Ryan in portraying that grieving kid who uses jokes against those around him. Honorable Mention goes to Jennifer Garner for feeling like she did the most with her limited screen time and solid effort. Dishonorable Mention goes to Catherine Keener who was phoning it in with such a lackluster role.
Overall Consensus: The Adam Project doesn’t do anything new for sci-fi with its overuse narrative and rushed exposition but fairs alright thanks to its lead performances, emotional bits, and decent action. Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes PG-13
Reasons to watch it: You like any of the aforementioned actors and/or filmmaker Shawn Levy. You are in the mood for a competent watchable science fiction romp. You want to have something on as background noise at a party. You don’t mind predictable elements such as grief and time travel aspects.
Reasons to avoid it: You dislike any of the aforementioned actors and/or filmmaker Shawn Levy. You are bored with predictable elements of grief and time travel aspects.