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While I am a fan of the cast The Adam Project touts, I was a little skeptical going in. I didn’t want a stale run of the mill action romp that I’d forget about an hour after the credits roll. Fortunately, this film is by no means a failure. There’s a really great balance of entertaining popcorn action and moving sentiment that permeates this and makes it a success. The cast they have assembled is of course another detail that helps to ground this and make it something you thoroughly enjoy. Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t like a ten, but it is a film that you’ll want to check out.
I was surprised by how much I liked the script The Adam Project offers up. I expected it to be more generic than it turned out to be and I wasn’t expecting the level of heart that is imbedded in it. The characters are well drawn and have pretty good arcs. Even the supporting characters such as Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo’s roles feel like real human beings that we as an audience can empathize with and root for.
The heartwarming sentimental side to The Adam Project is something that I really appreciated. I enjoy cool visuals and exciting action sequences yes, but I like a well drawn story I can become invested in even more. The interactions between the young Adam (played by Walker Scobell) and older Adam (played by Ryan Reynolds) are very well written and do a lot to make the film’s narrative meatier.
But their interactions certainly are not limited to just the more serious stuff, there’s also a good amount of effective comedic material as well. And we all expect Reynolds to do well with the comedy because we’ve seen him execute that with great skill in the past, but I was extremely impressed with young Walker Scobell!
This kid has the goods! He’s able to deliver his lines in a way that’s very skilled for an actor of his age. I look forward to seeing him in more! Another cast member that delivers an impressive performance is the always on point, Catherine Keener. I’m a fan of Keener and she does an exceptional job playing villainous roles. And of course Garner and Ruffalo do very well too. I mean what do you expect? This is a grade A cast!
But again, the real stand out here in my view is the very impressive Walker Scobell. I also really loved that there are multiple relationships and love stories going on amid all this action. There is a relationship between father and son, between mother and son, and between a husband and wife. There’s just a lot of rich relationships that this film nurtures quite well and that’s nice to see. Now as far as the action goes, I would say it’s pretty decent. I mean I’ve definitely seen better and in my view the action isn’t the category where this film excels the most but there’s still a handful of cool moments for those who really dig sci-fi action.
I do want to make sure that I also praise the last few scenes. As I mentioned, there are three main relationships that this film features and the final three scenes each handle these connections very well. There’s a nice bow tied around each of them and it’s done in a sweet moving way that I liked and I think audiences will appreciate.
The Adam Project is a well constructed time travel action film that I appreciate because of its entertainment factor and heartwarming story. Log onto your Netflix account and give this one a watch! I really don’t think you’ll regret it!
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