Review of 'The Adam Project'

the_adam_project.jpeg In a dystopian 2050 (why can't the future ever be something other than “dystopian”, are we that cynical?) fighter pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) steals a time travelling jet to travel back in time to save his wife Laura (Zoe Saldana of “Star Trek” reboot fame) in 2018 but is injured and lands instead in 2022 where he is discovered by his younger self (Walker Scobell). Due to his injuries his jet refuses entry but allows his younger, healthier, self access when they are soon attacked by the leader of future Earth Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener). The two Adams are saved by Laura who faked death years earlier having learned a younger Sorian had been received information from her future self. The three escape another attack by Sorian and return to 2018 where they hope to prevent time travel from ever having been invented but the Sorians will stop at nothing…

A fun fairly light Science Fiction film with some good special effects and lots of chase sequences with a bit of the trademark whit Reynolds is known for. To be fair, a few weeks on and I have problems remembering too much about the film which does not really bode to well, really. What I do remember is the concentration on the alienation between Adam and his father. Many scenes are spent with the younger and older Adam talking to each other about this and when their father eventually shows up on the scene the possibility of reconciliation for them all is at hand. Saldana is great in another action role for which she is famous and provides a great foil to the acerbic and strong Adam character. There is a bit of romantic tension here but this is kept decidedly PG and is relegated to a minor plot point, only serving the main story line of saving the planet.

An entertaining if not entirely memorable film that is not afraid to explore the relationship between father and son. Fans of Reynolds may be slightly disappointed at the lack of hugely interesting dialogue but it is a cozy, warm-natured flick that just happens to have a lot of SF action and chasing…For me: Meh.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2023-07-16

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Studio: 21 Laps Entertainment

Year: 2022

Length: 106 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction

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