The Adam Project movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Ryan Reynolds stars in this amusing, action-loaded, surprisingly emotional but often weak sci-fi action-comedy. Shawn Levy’s The Adam Project is well-made and entertaining, but totally overhyped.


After time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed accidentally crash-lands in 2022, he teams up with his young 12-year-old self on a mission that’ll save the future.

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Movie details

Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Walker Scobell, Zoe Saldaña, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Catherine Keener, Alex Mallari Jr.
Writer: Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Release Date (Australia): 11 March 2022
Runtime: 106 minutes/1h 46m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains science fiction themes and several sequences that feature sense of threat, as well as references to death and grief.

Violence (M)

The film features fight scenes that feature shootings and stabbings with fantasy weapons, electrocutions and punches. There are also depictions of a bloody gunshot wound.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes use of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “goddamn”, “hell” and “bitch”, as well as a cut-off use of the word “motherf…”.

Sex (PG)

The film includes verbal references to “getting laid” and a condom. The film also features a scene of passionate kissing.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for violence/action, language and suggestive references)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The only real appeal of this time-traveling adventure-comedy is Ryan Reynolds uniting with his younger self. The Adam Project centres on the time-traveling theme as a “Big” Adam Reed crash-lands in 2022 and teams up with “Young” Adam Reed to save the future. Shawn Levy’s trending new film on Netflix may be distracting, amusing and delightful for so many, but it feels like a big wasted mess that doesn’t pull off its intended punch.

Despite the arguably dull and flat pacing consuming the majority of the film’s runtime, The Adam Project is commonly grasping and there’s no doubt that it won’t entertain you for a period of time. The writing offers just as much jokes as the execution offers sci-fi action sequences. Surprisingly, there’s also a nice touch of emotion during the moments when the imperfectly written story falls onto the grief over the death of the lead characters’ father.

If you’re really into Ryan Reynolds, there’s no doubt you’ll love his screen time during this movie, however, he unfortunately can’t make up for the frequently poor writing. Once the film’s started, it’s feels very drowsy and unwatchable, leaving you waiting and waiting for the end. It’s not overlong or slow, but this is the kind of movie you’ll only watch once and then immediately forget. Shawn Levy can do better than this.

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