Combustible Celluloid
With: Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Walker Scobell, Zoe Saldaña, Catherine Keener, Alex Mallari Jr.
Written by: Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Directed by: Shawn Levy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/action, language and suggestive references
Running Time: 106
Date: 03/11/2022

The Adam Project (2022)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Time Balm

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Director Sean Levy and star Ryan Reynold's last outing, Free Guy, had some fun visuals and was a success, but it felt a little soft. Their follow-up, The Adam Project, is more finely-tuned, more balanced in its swift action, silliness, and heart. In the present day, 12 year-old Adam (Walker Scobell) lives alone with his mother (Jennifer Garner) after the death of his father, and is a bully magnet at school. (Scobell brilliantly mimics Reynold's wisecracky zingers.) Suddenly, Adam from the year 2050 shows up, now a ripped fighter pilot. He's searching for his wife (Zoe Saldaña), while being pursued by villain Sorian (Catherine Keener). It all has something to do with an invention by Adam's father (Mark Ruffalo), and so — ignoring everything about the space-time continuum that we've ever learned from movies — the two Adams team up to set things right. This is one of Levy's best, a solidly satisfying entertainment all the way through.

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