The Adam Project Review – Netflix’s Love Letter To ’80s Adventure Movies
There is something magical
Adventure films of the 1980s, and not only infamous films like Indiana Jones. Many of these films leaned heavily on science fiction, whether it’s a hero fighting aliens in space, time-traveling with a robot that sounded like Pee-Wee Herman, or building a spaceship with friends, there are many lines that are reminiscent of that. a time when family movies got dark and dealt with the need to grow up in a hurry.
In Project Adam, Ryan Reynolds plays Adam, a time traveler from 2050 who finds himself in 2022. guys. Said villains are also time travelers and are led by Katherine Keener’s Maya Sorian. She owns a company in charge of all time travel technology. The film also features an all-star supporting cast that includes Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo as young Adam’s parents and Zoe Saldana as the older Adam’s love interest.
In short, this is The Hero’s Journey, the time-honored formula for a great adventure movie. Young Adam verbally lashes out at his mother and peers – well, bullies, to be exact – to deal with his own grief over his father’s passing a year and a half ago. His moment of call to arms is when the older Adam (Reynolds) needs the help of his younger self to travel back in time. And there is nothing more magical in childhood than watching a movie where adults need the help of a toddler. It’s empowering and it’s an image we see over and over again in family movies. Here it works incredibly well and brings nostalgia to so many people.
There is a problem with both young and older Adam.
Sometimes they don’t necessarily feel like the same character at two different points in their lives. Yes, they still throw out those hilarious one-liners we usually see in Reynolds films, but they never seem to embody the same character. Scobell is great as a kid trying to work through trauma and dump it on all the wrong people, and Reynolds is great as a man literally trying to change his past after losing too many people he loves, but Reynolds just doesn’t feel like the old version of Scobell.
But as a side note to that, everyone else in this movie fits very well. Saldana is great at playing the badass and she does it here. Her appearance in the film is incredibly fitting for the character. Ruffalo is a scientist – again, this is appropriate. Garner plays a mother trying to connect with her son and run the household, and although she has previously played the role of a “caring mother trying to make it work,” this film has become one of her most memorable. Of this supporting cast, the only thing that seemed out of place was Keener’s aging CGI. It’s so weird and you can’t look away from it.
The film’s use—and overuse—of Pete Townsend’s “Let My Love Open the Door” brings back memories of the end credits of “Look Who’s Talking,” a film in which a child is the protagonist and can talk, but only to the audience. understands him. Ignoring Hollywood’s current addiction to the use of this song— usually, right before the end credits — the musical cues of Townsend wishing for the door to be opened because of his emotions evoke a sense of nostalgia in viewers. And again brings back fond memories of the film, where Bruce Willis voiced the baby.
Project Adam relies heavily on another image that I personally like, and that is the introduction of a lot of high-tech technologies and ideas, but never fully explaining them to the audience. While we never see it, it’s clear that the future is pretty wild. Older Adam compares it to the future Terminator, but worse. However, we see this story through the eyes of young Adam, and he is also completely unaware of everything that is happening, so this choice makes sense.
As much nostalgia as this film evokes,
One of the biggest problems with it is that it doesn’t follow its own rules – something typical of classic sci-fi adventure films. Okay. It’s shaky but good. However, the rest of how time travel works are very clunky. We can’t go into details because it’s about very specific plot points that would completely ruin the story. However, it’s safe to say that the rules of time travel and influencing the past and future only work where it’s convenient for the plot or to hit the emotional heartstrings of the audience.
Project Adam maybe a movie released on the streaming service in 2022, but it feels like it’s straight out of 1986 – with much better background-supporting tech. Yes, there are some weird variations with time travel rules and very crude CGI, but Project Adam is a popcorn movie that will empower kids and delight adults. What sets it apart from other recently released films in the genre is that it has a lot of heart. It’s not the most memorable sci-fi adventure movie, but it’s a great departure from our current reality.