In Review: The Adam Project (Netflix)

A time-traveling, pilot teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future.

Synopsis: In The Adam Project a time-traveling, pilot teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future.


The Story

The Adam Project is a family science fiction adventure that focuses on a Pilot time traveling back to 2022 from 2050 to team up with his 12-year-old self to first find and reconnect with his Girlfriend and then go back through time again to get the help of his deceased father to sabotage the means of time travel before it causes any more grief.


The Acting

As far as the acting goes. This film is sort of played for laughs and the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds as the older Adam and Walker Scobell as the younger Adam is fun to watch. It’s obvious that the actors were enjoying the knockabout humor and smart assary of some of the dialogue. It becomes even more fun when Mark Ruffalo joins in as their father toward the end of the movie. Meanwhile, we get about 10 maybe 15 minutes of screen time from Zoe Saldana as older Adam’s kick-ass Girlfriend.

When it comes to villains. Catherine Keener makes a good fist of her role of Maya Sorian. Who happened to be the wealthy person that backed the time travel project and then betrayed Adam’s father. Her role becomes a bit more nuanced when we see the younger and older versions of her character toward the close of the film.



If you are looking for the next big science fiction franchise or for something that has a bit more meat on the bones. This is probably not the type of movie you are looking for. But if you want a bit of lightweight cheesy fun with a rather thin plot and lots of banter. Then you might enjoy this film.

At its heart. The time travel plot and action beats are just the dressing for some interesting insights into grief and how it can affect a person when they lose a father at a young age. Some of the movie’s quieter moments when the two Adams talk about losing their father were pretty good. And Walker Scobell was pretty good in his role as the younger of the two Adams.

Overall this is a solid effort that the whole family can enjoy. But it’s not anywhere near as good as Freeguy.

The Adam Project (Netflix)
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  • Acting
  • CGI & Stunts
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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