Andrea’s film review – The Adam Project

The Adam Project ⭐️⭐️1/2  Review by Andrea Carnevali

After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future. On Netflix.

I have a massive soft spot for time travel stories and even if Back to the Future has sets the bar so high that it’s just impossible to beat (it’s still up there among my favourite films ever) I’m usually still quite able to enjoy anything which plays the “space continuum”. But for any 12 Monkeys or Donny Darko or Edge of Tomorrow, there is always a Terminator Genesys, a Timeline or a  Freejack lurking around the corner, making you wish you could go back in time and avoid seeing them.

I never expected too much from The Adam Project but I was still hopeful.

After all Director Shawn Levy (The man behind Netflix hit Stranger Things) had previously made Love and Monsters, a very silly film which was actually my greatest guilty pleasure from 2020.

Unfortunately despite a promising and rather charming beginning, mostly hanging together thanks to Ryan Reynolds’ charm and humour, my expectations were actually met.

The story itself centres around Adam, played by Reynolds, who’s supposed to travel back in time from 2050 to 2018 to stop somebody from inventing time travelling, but instead he stumbles across his younger teenager self from 2022. They join forces to complete the mission and prevent the future from happening.

The film seems to be blatantly stealing from just every single other time travel film out there and beyond. Trouble is you’re constantly reminded of those better films you’d rather be watching.

It all feels as if it has been made by some generic algorithm to cater for the widest possible audience, hungry for the usual nostalgia for ‘80s films, which seems to be the guiding force for most sci-fi/action flick these days.

At some point Reynolds even comments “My God, we watch too many movies!” a line which seems to speak about the making of this film, more than anything else.

This is not awful by any means. Levy knows how to keep things moving along in the hope that you might not realise it all just about hangs together. It is certainly sweet and harmless, but to me it all fell apart pretty soon, once the “mystery” was solved and it all became a much more sub-standard action flick.

Not even the great cast, including Marc Ruffalo, Jennifer Gardner, Zoe Saldan and a double villain Cathleen Kenner (mostly wasted here) could save it from becoming too generic. A hard one to recommend, but there’s also lot worse you can do with your free time.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

The Adam Project is available to stream on Netflix.

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See also:  Jessica Bloom’s review of new fiction published in March

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