Looking for a fun family sci-fi adventure film that plays around with time travel? Well then, The Adam Project is definitely the film for you to check out when it lands on Netflix. Shawn Levy teams up with Ryan Reynolds again, after the major success of Free Guy last year, to try and wow us in a different way altogether with a film that is sure to be a major hit with families around the world.

Time-traveling pilot, Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds), teams up with his younger self (Walker Scobell) and his late father (Mark Ruffalo) to come to terms with his past while saving the future.

The Adam Project feels rather familiar, harking back to sci-fi films of the 80s and 90s, which works in its favour. It wastes no time in getting into things as we see Reynolds' Adam Reed fleeing from another jet by jumping through a time portal, going back in time to work with his younger self to save the future. The time travel stuff is easy to follow compared to other films that can get themselves tangled up in trying to explain every timeline and there's a real sense of fun and adventure exuding from the film's screenplay.

It's an incredibly light and breezy film as well, attempts at emotion incredibly short lived, making it an easy film for the whole family to sit down and enjoy together. The emotional aspect of the film is something that definitely should have been explored further to take the film to new heights, the potential the film had to hit the audience with an emotional whallop clear as day with its narrative, just not enough done with it by the writing team.

The Adam Project is all about the fun, Shawn Levy showcasing this in the film's action sequences, some great songs in the soundtrack and interactions between the older and younger Adam. Ryan Reynolds doesn't do anything to stray away from the performance we are so used to seeing from him these days, the fast talking smart mouth routine one that serves both Reynolds and the film well. Walker Scobell does a good job up against Reynolds, countering his no nonsense approach with a little bit of intellect. It's a little disappointing to see Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner not utilised to the best of their abilities, which could have really grown the film's emotional core, but it's great to see Zoe Saldana kicking ass outside of alien makeup or a motion capture performance.

Taking inspiration from sci-fi classics as opposed to forging its own path to becoming one, The Adam Project is harmless sci-fi adventure for all the family that certainly proves to be one of the better films of the year so far from Netflix.

Verdict: ½


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