If you could go back in time, would you do it? Would you change the current you, your circumstance, or the world? The first scene of Netflix’s The Adam Project was set in 2050, wherein the protagonist, Adam, was being chased by his boss because he was on his way back to the past.
The reason for his going back to the past is because he wanted to alter the present and save his wife Laura from getting killed. While intending to go back in 2018 when he was 10 years old, he mistakenly goes back to 22 and meets his 12-year-old self instead. While fighting off his boss in 2022, Laura suddenly shows up and convinces him to go back into 2018 to save the world instead of saving her, because, in 2050, the world is already in ruins.
Apparently, the present of the film, which is the future 2050, is in dystopia. Hence, there was a need to alter the past and yearn for a better future by destroying time travel (which was invented by Adam’s father). However, the film did not focus on the problems of 2050, but instead on the solution to stop the dystopian future.
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The Adam Project leaned more on the personal aspects of the life of Adam, as a kid and adult, and especially on his personal relationships. The film also focused more on its visual and audio effects (which is awesome), as well as its comedic elements instead of a complex storyline. However, that is okay because the film is intended to be for family viewing.
The intention of the film is perfect for family bonding and especially for kids. Apart from the little Scientific elements in the film, in the end, it gets sentimental and dwells on past mistakes and relationships. The Adam Project is heartwarming, and perfect for kids. While the film can be comparable to superhero films and other sci-fi movies, the script would be more understandable to young audiences.
The Adam Project is well-intended, given that Ryan Reynolds stars in it, bringing his usual Deadpool vibes comedy. Walker Scobell, who plays the 12-year-old Adam, is a revelation. Older audiences will get to love the film mostly because of the kid. He was able to portray the comedic and witty Ryan Reynolds-Deadpool, and be mature and substantive at the same time. I think he’s the greatest appeal of the film.
The movie is also Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo’s reunion film after 18 years, after co-starring in 13 Going on 30 in 2004. I got excited upon hearing the news that they’ll be together in a movie again, but their exposure in the film wasn’t enough. Still, it wasn’t the main intention of the movie, but it was an extra delight.
The Adam Project is funny, heartwarming, entertaining, and inspiring. Families can learn a lesson or two about their personal relationships. It’s a light movie that young and older audiences would enjoy.