The Adam Project

The Adam Project (2022)

Directed by Shawn Levy. Written by Jonathon Tropper, T. S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin

This Netflix production is another collaboration from Shawn Levy and Ryan Reynolds, after last year’s Oscar nominated Free Guy (2021). Shot entirely in British Columbia Canada, The Adam Project is essentially an action movie that straddles science fiction (time travel specifically), coming of age, comedy and family drama – especially the currently popular “Bad Dads” concept. (I think Bad Dads have become so prevalent it should be recognised as a subgenre all on its own!)

A common problem with mixing so many ideas in the same movie is that everything gets messy, fundamentals can be diluted and some important things get lost along the way. The quality cast really helps here, led by Ryan Reynolds as Adam Reed, who (while perfectly fine) doesn’t deviate from his usual charming performance. Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Catherine Keener all make the most of their roles, but the standout for me is Walker Scobell as 12 year old Adam. His delivery is on point, capturing Reynolds’ easy going charm perfectly.

While this is great family viewing, it’s one of those films that’s fine while you’re watching it but readily forgotten after the event. The Adam Project is currently available to stream on Netflix in most territories, including Australia.

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