The Adam Project Review


Adele Sands

In terms of Netflix movie rankings, The Adam Project ranked number 10 as of April 21, 2022.

CAUTION! There are spoilers ahead.

No one knows what the world will look like in the future. You want to, but there is no way of knowing. You can go see a fortune teller or analyze your horoscope, but that is the mystery of life. A plethora of movies that ponder time-travel, and the effects of it, have hit the big screen since the 1960’s, including movies like The Time Machine, Back to the Future, Terminator, and Groundhog Day. To continue this popular theme in cinema Netflix released a new dystopian time-travel movie on March 11, 2022. The Adam Project has sat utop Netflix’s Top 10 list for four consecutive weeks, and is now number four on the most watched movies in Netflix history with 233,150,000 views in its first 28 days in the public eye.

The movie, which has a duration of roughly one hour and forty-six minutes, is a science fiction film that explores the reality of the question, “What if I went back in time and met a younger version of myself?” Could you erase yourself from the timeline? Would you be stuck to the time you traveled to, and slowly start to disappear? The basis of the movie relies on an older Adam Reed (played by Ryan Renolds) trying to save his wife’s life by time-traveling from 2050 to 2018. During his trip, Reed ended up going to the wrong year… 2022. At this time, Adam was a 12-year-old boy that was bullied daily without reprieve (played by Walker Scobell). Time travel was made possible by Adam’s father before he died sometime between 2018 and 2022 in a tragic car accident, an accident that Adam seemed to have recovered from in 2022, but the movie depicts an older Adam that is greatly hurt by the death of his father. Throughout that action, adventure, and humor of the film, young Adam helps heal the wound that his future self has, creating a satisfying full-circle moment to end the film.

The acting was on-point the entire film; it has very serious, life-changing moments that the characters experience, but it also allows for comedic relief (very often) to lighten the mood. The director (Shawn Levy) did an amazing job bringing to life something that seems, to put it simply, out of this world. The Adam Project is a great watch, and there is truly something for everyone to like. There is romance, action, adventure, family values, and a little bit of a tragedy that will keep you asking for more.