By: Mary Ellen Farias dos Santos
In April 2022
“Project Adam” promises the meeting of an “I” of the past with the “I” of the future, but invites us to reflect on attitudes and their consequences and the importance of the family. The science fiction feature, with special effects, takes the audience on board ships to another dimension, until a time travel – by wormhole sequencing – happens and serves with perfection a touching family drama.
From space, the plot goes to athe school, when Adam (Walker Scobell) catches, goes to the board and is suspended. Ellie (Jennifer Garner), the mother, vents in the car, having to go out to help him during work hours, when she gives a spoiler of what will happen in the feature: “The future will arrive, sooner than you think”. Exactly! In the next few minutes, in scenes that refer tothe classic ET, Adam, age 12, knows your adult “self” played by Ryan Reynolds. Still, “The Adam Project” isn’t about multiverses — something so commonplace in today’s superhero movies.
The feature has no connection with “Back to the Future” and much less with the series “Dark”, but it dialogues very well with these productions – at least in essence. However, the greatest strength of “The Adam Project” is in the cast, either for promoting orand meeting of Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo, also a couple in the classic and unforgettable “De Repete 30” and also of the actors who champion Marvel characters we love: Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Zoë Saldaña (Gamora).
Amid references to movies like “Back to the Future” and “Star Wars”, the part of the story that deals with science fiction is almost more of the same, although it comes with the talk of Adam having to go back to “fixed time”. However, the family drama gains strength to the point of being an important part of the structure of the feature directed by Shawn Levy. ANDmoving, especially for going back in time and bringing characters that we are warned throughout the plot are dead.
As the film stitches together the story of the future for little Adam, the character Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener, from “Get Out” and “An American Crime”) steps in to set the tone for villainy. It is worth mentioning the performance of the young Walker Scobell who makes moves similar to Ryan Reynolds.
The film produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Shawn Levy, and Ryan Reynolds is a very cliché, young-time “Afternoon Session” type of reheated history. Worth for pure and simple entertainment, because “The Adam Project” doesn’t have the potential to be the movie that will mark your life enough to be revisited at times. Anyway, it’s still interesting to see “Hulk”, “Elektra”, “Deadpool” and “Gamora” together!
* Mary Ellen is editor of the cultural website www.resenhando.com, journalist, teacher and screenwriter, as well as creator of photonovelas.blogspot.com. Twitter:@maryellenfsm
Film: The Project Adam
Genre: Science Fiction/Drama
Director: Shawn Levy
Producer: David Ellison; Dana Goldberg; Don Granger; Shawn Levy; Ryan Reynolds
Duration: 1h 46m
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Zoë Saldaña, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Alex Mallari Jr., Walker Scobell.