With Netflix being one of the largest streaming services out there, it is no surprise at all that a Netflix original movie starring Ryan Reynolds becomes extremely popular. The Adam Project tells the story of Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) who is from a dystopian future and travels back in time to find his wife. While traveling back, he ends up running into and pairing up with his younger self and must race against time before the corporate overlord of the future can stop him from fixing the future.
As a Netflix film, the movie is a really good comedy, especially for people who like the humor that is often associated with Ryan Reynolds in his different movies. However, I don’t know if I would say the movie stands out from all the other comedy movies, including the other comedies that Netflix produces. It had some extremely funny moments, but for the most part, a lot of the humor was worth a good laugh here and there, but nothing worth busting a gut over, which is actually pretty odd for a Ryan Reynolds movie. I wouldn’t say it’s because of Ryan Reynolds either, as he was hitting all of the marks as an actor for the film. Instead, I think a lot of it had to do more with the writing itself.
Again, the film and the story it tells aren’t bad, but it plays off of a lot of elements that have been touched frequently in the past, especially with movies involving time travel. Because of all of the commonalities instead of trying to find an angle that made it feel completely different from all the rest, I believe the film took a large hit because of its lack of uniqueness.
Thankfully, with the film being so reliant on the science fiction genre, a lot of the CGI looks amazing in the film and feels realistic, from the ships to all of the fights. I don’t think there was any moment throughout that I felt like they could have done a better job on the CGI within the film, which is one of the key factors I look for when watching these types of films. Depending on the film, unless it’s purposely meant to be bad, CGI can make or break a film.
All of the actors in the film also did a really good job. Walker Scobell, the actor who plays the younger version of Adam Reed, does an amazing job within the film, and honestly makes himself appear as a true younger version of Ryan Reynolds himself. The chemistry between him and Ryan Reynolds really helps make the film what it is.
What put this movie on my radar was all of the attention it was getting on social media, specifically TikTok. Because of its popularity, many people were tagging the film in an attempt to receive more traffic on their videos. But alongside that, I also kept either seeing clips of the movie itself or interviews with Ryan Reynolds and Walker Scobell talking about the films and some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the movie. I think one of this movie’s bigger downfalls happened because of all the attention it was getting, leading me and other people to assume that it was a film that stood out from the rest because of all of the light it was getting, leaving people with high hopes for the film.
In total, I still think The Adam Project was a good film, and would probably give it a four out of five-star rating for everything it had to offer.