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The Adam Project is a 2022 time-travel action film directed by Shawn Levy. The story is centred on a man who travels back in time and accidentally lands in the wrong year and runs into his younger self; the two team up to save the future. The time travel logic in the film is all over the place, but the witty humour keeps the film interesting. The film has a big cast with Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Zoe Saldaña, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine Keener. Walker Scobell has done a wonderful job as young Adam. Jennifer and Mark paired up after 13 Going On 30 after 18 years, much like in the film. Here’s the plot and ending of The Adam Project explained; spoilers ahead.

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Here are links to the key aspects of the movie:

  • – Time Travel Rules: What Is Fixed Time? 
  • – Timeline Diagram
  • – How Did The Dad Die
  • – Plot Explained
  • – Timeline-1: Who is Sorian? What does she want?
  • – Timeline-2: What Happened To Laura?
  • – Timeline-3: Why does Adam steal that jet?
  • – Timeline-4: The Adam Project Finale
  • – Ending Explained
  • – Did Sorian kill the dad?

The Adam Project Time Travel Rules : What Is Fixed Time ? 

Just as Deadpool calls it out in his movie, lazy writing appears to have followed Ryan into this movie for all the time travel concepts (but it is compensated with the witty dialogues). In The Adam Project, young Adam brings up a valid point – he asks if the old Adam remembers meeting himself decades ago. Old Adam doesn’t. Young Adam asks if old Adam is from the future of a Parallel Reality (like we saw in Avengers: Endgame ). Old Adam sushes him, saying he watches too many movies.

Old Adam then explains that every person at each biological age belongs to one time; this is called their  Fixed Time . What does this mean? If a person is born in 2000, then that person is latched with the flow of time starting in the year 2000. When the person is 2 years old, their Fixed Time  is the year 2002.

When Adam travels outside his Fixed Time, 2050, he has left his  place  at a quantum level . Until he returns to his Fixed Time, his memories will not be affected by the events in 2022. And this is why old Adam does not yet have any memories of having met himself when he was a young boy. However, when old Adam returns to his Fixed Time, his previous memories will be gone and replaced by an alternate set of memories corresponding to the altered events.

While this fictional theory is fresh, the film goes ahead and shoots itself in the groin with the Grandfather Paradox… repeatedly.

The Adam Project: Timeline Diagram

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The Adam Project: How Did The Dad Die

The dad happens to die because of a car accident. A genuine accident that was not caused by Sorian or any other time traveller. And in all timelines in the film, the dad dies because of that same accident. The accident is not vital to the plot, but this seems to be a pressing question for everyone, so it was best to get it out of the way. 

The Adam Project: Plot Explained

Timeline-1: who is sorian what does she want.

The Adam Project Maya Sorian

Sorian is the dad’s partner, and she is funding his research on wormholes. This research accidentally leads to the discovery of time travel. Timeline-1 is not shown in the movie. It appears that once the dad died, Sorian was sidelined, and political forces took control of the time device. Though she was the one who funded the project, she is left with nothing. So, at some time in the future in Timeline-1 (perhaps 2050), Sorian makes an illegal jump to 2018 to meet her younger self.

Like old Biff in Back To The Future II, old Sorian makes like a tree and gets out of there after giving her younger self enough stock tips to amass a fortune. She also explains how to keep complete control of the Time Program by eliminating any political obstacles. This information exchange makes way for an altered timeline, Timeline-2. Once old Sorian returns to her Fixed Time, her memories of a failed life are erased and replaced with ones where she is all-powerful. This timeline is the one we see at the movie’s beginning.

Timeline-2: What Happened To Laura?

In 2050, Laura, who works in the Time Program, notices a log entry of Sorian’s jet returning from 2018, but no jet ever left to 2018. To investigate, Laura goes back to 2018 to dig deeper. Sorian plants an altitude bomb on Laura’s jet. But the bomb goes off after Laura reaches 2018, and she manages to eject safely. Laura is trapped in the past without her jet and lives her life out, hoping and waiting that Adam will come looking for her one day. In 2050, Sorien announces that Laura died in an accident during her re-entry.

Timeline-3: Why does Adam steal that jet?

Old Adam smells something fishy about Laura’s death and steals a jump jet to go back to 2018 and look for her. Unfortunately, he’s shot in the process and enters the wrong time coordinates, and lands up in 2022. He goes over to the only place he remembers, his old home. He confides in young Adam and dresses his wounds. Old Adam’s meddling with the past causes a new timeline, Timeline-3.

Sorian travels to 2022 with a team and arrests old Adam. Laura, who’s been living in the past from 2018 to 2022, has constantly been scanning for old Adam’s arrival. She shows up and helps take down Sorian’s men; they make a run for it. Laura explains that the only way they can end the time chaos is if old Adam went back to 2018 and stopped time travel from being invented. Bang! – that’s the sound of the film shooting itself with the Grandfather Paradox. Old Adam doesn’t like this idea because if they change the stream of time, he and Laura will not meet.

What is the  Echo  that Laura talks about?

Laura’s theory is that even if the time stream is altered and everyone’s memories are replaced with new ones, an echo of the earlier memories will remain. So she theorizes that old Adam and Laura will meet and fall in love even in the new timeline because they will feel that inexplicable connection . Sending the Adams away, Laura takes on Sorien’s team and is killed.

The jet is meshed with old Adam’s DNA, and it will not start because it senses his injury. So, old Adam needs young Adam to be on the jet till they get to an appropriate altitude to fire up the wormhole. Because the plan is to find their dad, young Adam agrees to travel to 2018 with old Adam.

Timeline-4: The Adam Project Finale

Adams And Dad

The two Adams travel back to 2018 and meet their dad and explain that his accidental invention of the time machine results in his partner, Sorian, creating a horrendous future. Old Adam explains the importance of destroying the device that will eventually give birth to the time machine.

Old Sorien follows the Adams to 2018 and meets young Sorien to warn her that the Adams are trying to stop her from achieving her greatness. We need to understand that Timeline-3 is a branch of Timeline-2 and not Timeline-1 (see the diagram). Two months back, Young Sorien has already been met by an Old Sorien from Timeline-1 who has given her enough intel to alter her life. After that, Timeline-2 was born, and old Soren’s memories were replaced with an evil, successful life. In this scene, old Sorien is from Timeline-2, and that is why she can’t remember travelling to meet young Sorien.

The flaw in the writing in this scene is that old Sorien somehow clearly remembers events from Timeline-1, which is not possible. At best, she could have echoes, but not be able to recollect precisely about having a lonely life. Those memories should have been erased for her.

Destroying The Time Device

The two Adams, with the help of their dad, fight off Sorien’s men. Oddly, as old Adam and daddy enter the building, they leave young Adam out in the open and Sorien’s men grab him (duh!). Dad explains that they need to destroy the diamond-hard neuromorphic processor (a fancy hard drive). Before they can, old and young Sorien show up with young Adam held hostage. Young Adam shoves the gun away, and the stray bullet hits the electromagnet’s seal. 

Young Sorien is not yet evil and is unable to shoot dad and take the hard drive. Old Sorien asks her younger self to step aside, and she fires at dad. Unfortunately, the electromagnet alters the bullet’s path and kills young Sorien instead. This event erases Old-Sorien from existence in this timeline, and she disappears. Bang! – Grandfather Paradox.

The two Adams and their dad walk away, knowing time travel will never be invented. Bang! The ripple effect from the altered time stream, for some bizarre reason, gives the Adams a little extra wind-down time with their dad. Dad refuses to gain knowledge of his death, and the three play catch instead. In a short while, the Adams are gone.

Here’s a thought on Laura. Remember she mentions that she was in 2018 waiting for Adam. Not sure why she wasn’t written into the climax. Given Laura was present in 2018 and keeping an eye out for Adam, it would have made sense if she located and joined him for the finale.

The Adam Project: Ending Explained

The Adam Project ending explained

The ending of The Adam Project shows us that a new timeline created by the two Adams where the time machine is not invented. Adam’s dad however dies in the accident, and echoes  stay with the people in this timeline. Eventually, in 2022, young Adam feels like giving his mom a tight hug as requested by his older self. And in the future, old Adam and Laura meet in a different class. Fate seems to have recreated the same scenario of Laura walking into the wrong class and running into Adam, who offers to walk with her. The two have an inexplicable feeling ( echo ) for one another and begin their happy lives together.

Did Sorian kill the dad?

No, Sorian didn’t kill the dad. Though the film trivializes the accident, a valid question here would be, how do the Adams know for sure that the car crash was not accomplished on purpose by Sorian? In the climax, they destroy the time machine and young Sorian is killed. Despite this, the dad is dead in the final timeline, Timeline -4. And that’s how we know for sure that no one plotted the dad’s death.

And that’s that. How did you like the plot and ending of The Adam Project? Liked it? Hated it? Leave your thoughts about the film in the comments below.

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The Adam Project Ending and Time Travel Explained

Netflix's The Adam Project whizzes through its exposition to crack on with more action and jokes, so we take a step back to figure out how any of this worked.

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The Adam Project

This article contains major spoilers for The Adam Project

The Adam Project is a super fun new sci-fi movie from Netflix that speeds through its key rules and pretty much asks you not to worry about them, but if you’re the kind of person that worries about the rules, you’re gonna worry about them anyway!

Let’s look at how Netflix’s big budget family movie sets out the past, present, and future, and explore the film’s hopeful ending, which wipes the slate clean for a planet on the road to some very, very bad times.

Why Did Adam Travel Back in Time?

Hotshot pilot Adam Reed ( Ryan Reynolds ) is on a mission to locate and rescue his wife, Laura (Zoe Saldana). Against the rules laid out by his superiors headed up by Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener) in a dystopian 2050, he steals a jet and time-jumps back to 2018 to find out what happened to Laura but accidentally winds up in 2022 instead, where he meets his cute-but-mouthy 12-year-old self (played by Walker Scobell), whose tiny frame, asthma issues, and “punchable face” are a long way from the tall, handsome, and incredibly ripped version of Future Adam.

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Realising he’s misjudged the time jump by four years, Adam has little patience for the tricky situation he’s now in, and the awful way Young Adam treats his mother Ellie (Jennifer Garner) after his father’s sudden death. In the future, Adam has shifted his anger and grief from his mother’s shoulders onto his dead dad’s legacy: it turns out daddy Louis (Mark Ruffalo) was the one who accidentally invented time travel in the first place, causing a chain reaction that led to a very bleak future for everyone, including Adam.

The Time Jet

Gritting his teeth and buckling down, Future Adam realizes he needs Young Adam to fix his damaged ship , as the time jet’s controls work by recognizing the user’s DNA. Because Adam is injured, the jet won’t let him fix the damage or fly it. However, Young Adam’s uninjured DNA will apparently work just fine in a pinch so that Adam can heal and hopefully take over control of the ship after repairs are complete. Unfortunately, Adam doesn’t heal before he jumps back to 2018, and so Young Adam has to stick around.

Meanwhile, the villainous Sorian and her clean up crew track the time jet back to the past, where Adam has temporarily escaped her clutches.

Time Travel Logic

Young Adam is excited to meet his buff older self, but is naturally very confused and inquisitive about how time travel works. He wants to know if Adam remembers everything that’s happening, since they’re the same person and all. Or maybe this is a multiverse situation where these events are kickstarting a completely different timeline now that Adam has interfered with the past?

Adam rebuffs as many questions from his younger self as possible and dismisses the notion of a multiverse, mocking him for watching too many movies (the MCU is shaking), telling him that when he goes back to the future his memories of these events will be restored so that he knows what happened, but right now he doesn’t know how all this is going to end or how much of a mess he’s made of the timeline, which is fixed on “a quantum level.”

Yes, unlike those pesky Avengers: Endgame time travel rules , Adam can absolutely change the future here by traveling back to the past, and his quest to find out what exactly happened to his wife Laura may do just that.

Adam’s Wife Laura

Adam tells Young Adam how he met his wife, Laura, when he was still at the academy. She had arrived late to a lecture and was in the wrong building. He’d offered to walk her to where she needed to be and he fell head over heels in love with her.

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In the future, Laura hadn’t come back from a time jump, and Adam was informed that her jet broke up on re-entry. He refused to believe this because Laura was the best pilot in their program. He discovered her flight logs were altered by someone keen to hide the truth, and that’s why he first decided to hop back to 2018 and investigate her fateful mission.

Adam suspects that Future Sorian was involved in Laura’s disappearance, and Young Adam is perplexed. To him, Young Sorian is simply his dead dad’s lovely business partner.

Laura eventually shows up to fight with Adam in 2022 while his younger self tags along. She has been in hiding for the last four years waiting for Adam to come and find her. Laura tells him that her mission to 2018 went awry after she began investigating jump logs that indicated someone had been visiting that point in history and was wiping the data.

Laura explains that it was Future Sorian, who has been tinkering with the early months of time travel development in order to engineer a glorious future by giving her younger self tips on how to get the job done. Sorian has already changed the future using her tech knowledge and past working relationship with Adam’s father, and this future is now the only one Adam knows. It’s…not good.

It’s clear that Adam has to go back to 2018 – for real this time – and stop time travel from ever being invented, even if it means losing Laura forever. Laura then dies keeping Future Sorian busy so that Adam and Young Adam can escape to 2018.

Sorian’s Deal

Adam is pursued into the past by Future Sorian, who is dead set on eliminating Adam to make sure he doesn’t meddle with her illustrious future as the Queen of Pretty Much Everything.

Thanks to her nefarious time jumps, Sorian has gotten rich off Adam’s dad’s time travel tech, and become incredibly powerful. In the future she has control over the most valuable resource on Earth: time travel. Why did she do all this? Because in the past that she has now changed, the government originally took the time travel tech and research away from her in the wake of Louis’ death, and she was left feeling like all the money and huge life sacrifices she made for the company were pointless.

Once again traveling back to 2018, Future Sorian tells Young Sorian that they need to clean up the Adam problem before its too late.

The MacGuffin

Adam’s dad Louis invents the magnetic particle accelerator circa 2018 while working with Sorian. He dubs his research “The Adam Project” (hey, that’s the name of the film!) and Future Adam has to convince him to destroy everything he’s worked for to prevent time travel technology from evolving.

It’s not an easy task. Louis and Adam had a difficult relationship when he was a child because Louis spent a lot of time at work, and Adam felt neglected. The two come to blows when they meet, but Louis eventually understands that the only way to save humanity from Sorian’s terrible future is to destroy The Adam Project.

Adam, Young Adam and Louis infiltrate the Sorian Technology facility in order to shut down The Adam Project for good. All they need to do is to remove and kill the crystal hard drive at the heart of the magnetic particle accelerator , because apart from this single piece of physical tech Louis never shared the algorithm that makes it all work with anyone else.

The Ending Explained

As Louis and Adam set out to complete their mission, the Sorians intervene to stop them changing their future, and Future Sorian threatens to kill Young Adam. Louis tries to reason with her to no avail, and Sorian accidentally ruptures the electromagnetic seal containing the MPA. Magnetic items are drawn towards the MPA, and the reactor begins to fall apart.

Future Sorian then tries to kill Louis and take the hard drive, but the armor-piercing bullet deflects towards the MPA and kills her younger self instead, eliminating Future Sorian from the timeline. Louis is confused because the two versions of his son are still lingering in the past when they should have also disappeared, but the pair assure him that it is happening, albeit more slowly than with Sorian.

Louis comes to understand that he will soon die, leaving Adam alone with his mother. He refuses to hear critical information that will save his life, as he already feels conflicted about changing the future of time travel itself, let alone his own future path, but he takes the little time they all have left to reconcile with his sons, and the trio play one last game of catch before the Adams vanish.

Future Adam tells Young Adam that he should take the time to appreciate his mom, and realizes that his own efforts to escape the memories of his youth were futile and damaging. Meanwhile, Louis is left with the understanding that he should spend more time with his family before he dies.

Back in 2022, Young Adam begins forging a more loving relationship with Ellie. In a flash-forward to the future, we discover than Laura was right to hope that she and Adam would still meet and fall in love in the future, and we see their encounter at the academy play out under the same circumstances described by Adam earlier in the film.

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'The Adam Project' Ending Explained

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Editor's Note: The following contains The Adam Project spoilers. In Netflix’s new film, The Adam Project , director Shawn Levy employs a bevy of pop-culture references and enough dad rock to make you forget what year you’re currently living in. In this high-concept, emotionally stirring motion picture, Levy uses an everything-but-the-cinematic-kitchen-sink mentality, directly referencing '80s-era sci-fi flicks like Amazing Stories , Starman , The Last Starfighter , and Star Wars — basically, anything with “Star” in the title.

You’ve probably seen this type of quippy performance from Ryan Reynolds before, but not exactly. This time it's a bit different. There’s an angsty weight to his performance, transforming what would be an otherwise old hat into thematically rich commentary on love, loss, and grief. But before getting into what makes this time heist tick, let's start with a bit of plot recap, shall we?

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In the year 2050, an unseen dystopian future where “time travel exists,” roguish smart-mouth ace pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) illegally commandeers his “time jet” to travel back to 2018. On an unknown rescue mission, Reed narrowly escapes his captors through an interdimensional wormhole (bullet to the abdomen notwithstanding) but misses his intended drop point and crash-lands in 2022.

There the grizzled time-fugitive encounters his 12-year-old self–a small asthmatic with a penchant for punishment currently grieving over the recent loss of his father, Louis ( Mark Ruffalo ), to a fatal car accident a year prior. Angsty, bitter, and unable to cope with his pain, young Adam ( Walker Scobell ) is mean and distant to his mother, Ellie ( Jennifer Garner ), and is beaten up relentlessly by two schoolyard bullies. Reluctantly, and after a chance interaction with his mom, older Adam enlists younger Adam to help him repair his damaged time jet and discloses that he’s searching for his missing wife, Laura ( Zoe Saldaña).

The Adams are chased relentlessly by Maya Sorian ( Catherine Keene r ), a time-traveling space tyrant, billionaire scion, and former partner of their father’s, along with her ruthless right-hand man Christos ( Alex Mallari Jr. ) and a team of mechanized security enforcers. The latter attempt to thwart older Adam’s mission to return him to his present of 2050, dead or alive.

During a high-octane battle, including a car chase through the redwoods (reminiscent of the scenes of Luke and Leia on speeder bikes on the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi) , the Adams are rescued by Laura, guns ablaze, who takes the pair to a safe house overlooking the water. She reveals that she escaped an assassination attempt that left her stranded in 2018 after discovering Sorian traveled back in time, altering the past to obtain complete control over time travel and the future with the help of her younger self (a de-aged Keener).

Laura urges older Adam to travel back to 2018 and destroy time travel once and for all to reset the timeline to save the future. Sorian and her forces arrive, but Laura sacrifices herself for the Adams to escape. With only enough juice left to power one final jump, the Adams jump through a portal back to 2018. The pair locate their father Louis, a brilliant quantum physicist who originally wrote the algorithm for controlled time travel teaching a college course, and ask for his help. In a motel on the outskirts of town, Louis initially refuses to help his son(s) destroy the particle collider due to concerns over ethics and science and leaves to their dismay. After a tear-filled interaction, Younger Adam confronts his future self about the anger and resentment towards their father for dying.

In the film’s climax, the two Adams attempt a break-in at the Sorian Technology building to destroy the particle accelerator. As the older Adam infiltrates the compound, younger Adam watches from a drone-operated headset, Sorian’s camouflaged enforcer reveals themselves, and a firefight ensues. Louis arrives in Ellie’s Subaru SUV during the battle and saves older Adam by smashing into another SUV filled with Sorian’s goons. After a testy exchange, Louis decides to help the Adams because they can’t destroy the accelerator without him. Louis explains to his boys that they must destroy a crystal hard drive inside the accelerator that contains the mathematical algorithm needed for time travel. Once destroyed, time travel will cease to exist.

A battle ensues, damaging the particle accelerator, which forces it to overload. As the machine is on the verge of collapsing, the older Sorian attempts to shoot Louis with an armor-piercing bullet. Due to the accelerator's magnetic pull, her shot is redirected, killing the younger Sorian instead, erasing her future version in the process. As the accelerator is about to explode, Louis and his two sons escape the building just in time and return home together.

With time travel permanently destroyed, and the future fixed, Louis tells his sons that he refuses to know his fate but deduced his untimely death. Louis embraces his sons, telling them he loves them before the three play a game of catch ( Field of Dreams style) before they both fade away and return to their respective timelines.

In 2022, young Adam, no longer bitter and angry over the loss of his father, reconciles with his mother and expresses their unwavering love for each other. Years later, older Adam is attending a college class, and as fate would have it, he meets Laura, who wanders into the wrong classroom exactly how he described it earlier to young Adam. As the film ends, older Adam escorts Laura to the correct classroom, and all is right in the world.

By teaming up with his younger self, older Adam forgives his father and makes peace with his absence, and rather than fighting against the wrinkles in time and their youth, the Adams find something they couldn’t have found on their own: acceptance. Fate always finds a way of bringing us home.

The Adam Project is available to watch on Netflix now.

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Warning: Spoilers for The Adam Project ahead.

Netflix's   The Adam Project  deals with time travel and villains and its ending grapples with multiple themes, meaning, and sets up a potential sequel. Starring Ryan Reynolds as Adam Reed, a time-traveling pilot on a very specific mission, The Adam Project is a sci-fi yarn with a lot of heart, reminiscent of the Amblin movies of the 80s. Reynolds reteams with his Free Guy director Shawn Levy for the movie, which also stars Mark Ruffalo as Louis Reed, Jennifer Garner as Ellie Reed, Zoe Saldana as Laura, Catherine Keener as Maya Sorian, and Walker Scobell as young Adam. 

Reynolds' Adam (Big Adam) is a pilot from the year 2050 who steals a ship and attempts to travel back to 2018 but ends up in 2022. Injured and needing the assistance of his younger self (Young Adam) to help restart his damaged ship as it's coded to his DNA and won't reset when Big Adam is wounded, Big Adam is on a mission to find his wife, Laura (Saldana) , also a pilot, who mysteriously disappeared on a mission to 2018. That explanation of her death doesn't sit well with Big Adam, prompting the ship theft and subsequent inadvertent arrival in 2022, where he finds that Laura is alive and has been stranded since 2018. Things get worse when the villain Maya Sorian, comes looking for Adam. Though she claims to have discovered time travel, it was really Adam's father, Louis, who did. But Sorian has been using it to travel back to make her younger self (thereby her older self) rich and powerful, and she intends to stop Adam from revealing her duplicity.

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Once reunited, Big Adam, Young Adam, and Laura deduce Sorian's time travel deeds and decide that they must travel back to 2018, reunite with Louis, and enlist him to help stop time travel from ever becoming a thing. Louis immediately recognizes what's happening when both versions of his son arrive in 2018 and helps them both to see their plan through by destroying " The Adam Project " and re-aligning the timestream, subsequently stopping Sorian for good and making peace with the past (and future) of their lives. Here's the ending explained and what it really means.

The Adam Project's Time Travel & Villain Plan Explained

Maya Sorian in 2018 is a wealthy investor who helps fund Louis Reed's research into The Adam Project , an electromagnetic particle accelerator, which has the ability to create wormholes that pilots can fly through to travel through time. The accelerator is powered by a mathematical algorithm created by Louis, which is housed in a crystal hard drive plugged into the accelerator. Just as they go public, Louis is killed in a car accident (which is implied to have been caused by Sorian) and Sorian takes over the project, effectively controlling time travel. However, that's not enough for Sorian, as she travels back to 2018 to try and change the timestream to make herself more wealthy and powerful while attempting to erase Louis' contributions to The Adam Project . When Laura discovers that Sorian is traveling back to 2018, Sorian sabotages her ship in an attempt to stop her from revealing the truth, telling Adam that she died during re-entry and prompting Adam to go on his own mission to find out what really happened.

Why The Bullet Doesn't Hit Louis (& Kills Maya Instead)

In the film's final scene at Sorian's headquarters, the two Adams and Louis infiltrate the sub-level where the electromagnetic particle accelerator is kept in 2018, with the plan to steal the crystal hard drive that houses Louis's mathematical algorithm. At one point, a captured Young Adam causes Old Sorian's handgun to go off, breaking the electromagnetic seal on the accelerator, which causes everything magnetic to be pulled into it. Old Sorian eventually has all three Reed boys at gunpoint, threatening to shoot Louis if he doesn't hand over the crystal drive. Louis refuses and Old Sorian calls his bluff, firing a single round at him, which dovetails and hits Young Sorian instead. As Louis explains to Big Adam afterward, the armor-piercing bullet had a magnetic steel core, which caused it to deflect and fly toward the accelerator, hitting Young Sorian in the chest as she was standing in the bullet's path, effectively killing both versions of her at once.

Do Adam & Laura Recognize Each Other (& Will They Get Back Together?)

After time travel is destroyed by both Adams and their father, everyone is returned to their place in time, seemingly erasing all memory of what happened. Earlier in the Ryan Reynolds movie , when Adam and Laura are reunited in 2022, the idea comes up that Adam must stop time travel from ever happening. Adam is resistant to the idea, as he loves Laura and doesn't want to lose her (again). The key to whether or not they recognize each other at the end of the film comes from what Laura says to him in that moment in 2022: "Every moment we ever had will always have happened, even if we correct the timestream, somewhere in us will be the echo of this one and we will find each other."

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This seems to later be proven true in The Adam Project 's ending. When Big Adam is back in the moment at the flight academy where they originally met in 2050, the two connect just as they had originally. But there's a moment of recognition in Laura's eyes, as if she suddenly realized something, which is likely her early premonition come true. A similar thing happens to Young Adam in 2022 back in his timeline, when he's seen hugging his mom after suddenly feeling he is supposed to, fulfilling the instruction of Big Adam from before, who asked his young self to do just that.

What The Adams & Their Dad's Game Of Catch Really Means

Throughout the film, Big Adam has a standoffish relationship with Louis, his father, as he carries the emotional baggage of him not being around much when he was alive. Young Adam, however, reminds Big Adam that prior to his death, their dad would play catch with Adam every day, no matter how tired he was, always making time to squeeze in that moment. After they have destroyed The Adam Project and the three share a tender moment together with  Mark Ruffalo's character telling both of his boys that he loves them and that he can't know about his inevitable fate, he suggests a game of catch. The three stand in the backyard, tossing the ball to one another, which gives Young Adam another moment of happiness with his father, while Big Adam is finally able to be reminded of happier times and make his peace with his dad. For Louis, the moment is about appreciating his legacy, sharing time with both versions of his son, knowing that he won't ever see them at that age again. The game of catch is ultimately about cherishing the time that they have together, no matter how fleeting. Earlier in the film, Louis mentions a saying by the Romans:  "Enjoy yourselves. It's later than you think , "  which is all about living every moment one can while they can.

Will The Adam Project 2 Happen? What A Sequel's Story Could Be

While the Adams and Louis destroy the electromagnetic accelerator at Sorian's headquarters and escape before it collapses into itself, there's one component that still exists in the 2018 timeline: Louis. As he created the mathematical algorithm that was stored on the crystal drive, it would seemingly be within his power to recreate it before he dies (if that even still takes place now that Sorian is dead). While both Adams return to their respective timelines as if nothing ever happened and time travel never existed, the fact remains that Louis, in 2018, still has the scientific knowledge to recreate time travel and take it in a whole other direction. While his main funding died with Sorian, it's entirely possible that Louis could restart his work with a new, potentially less evil contributor. Life in Big Adam's 2050 is never seen in The Adam Project  movie , but perhaps a sequel could have Louis restart his work, open a wormhole, and travel to the future to recruit Big Adam, potentially stopping by the current timeline to pick up Young Adam (now older) to take part in the adventure. With the concept of time travel a major part of the film, The Adam Project 2 would have limitless possibilities.

The Adam Project's Real Meaning Explained

The Adam Project has a few key takeaways, but the biggest is that people should soak up the time that they have with those they love, as they never know when they'll be gone. This kicks off immediately, as Adam's entire mission to 2018 was about finding Laura, whom he lost very suddenly. The theme of loss continues in the Ryan Reynolds movie as much of the film is spent revolving around the untimely death of Louis and the effect it has on Adam in both 2022 and 2050, as both versions feel the loss differently. Big Adam is bitter and angry about his father's death, while Young Adam is still feeling the raw emotions of it and simply misses his father. When both Adams see their father in 2018 it stirs their emotions and allows both to resolve their pain over his loss in different ways. Big Adam is reminded of the good times with his father, while Young Adam gets the closure of seeing his father alive once more, which effectively folds into their time consciousness at the film's resolution. Young Adam also resolves his indifferent attitude to his mother by the end of The Adam Project , finally showing her the love and affection she desperately needs from him, which again tackles the theme of embracing the time spent with loved ones.

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Warning: This article contains major The Adam Project spoilers. As in, pretty much every spoiler there is.

The Adam Project —the new Ryan Reynolds time travel adventure film—began streaming on Netflix today, and it’s sure to be a fun watch for both kids and their parents.

Directed by Shawn Levy, who is best known as an executive producer and director on the hit Netflix series Stranger Things,  the original sci-fi movie stars Reynolds as a man from the future named Adam who travels back to the year 2022 and confronts his younger self. The film was written by Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, and Mark Levin, and if it is anywhere near as popular as the Upside Down was for the streaming service, then it’s sure to be a win for Netflix.

The Adam Project begins by informing audiences, via text on the screen, “Time travel exists, you just don’t know it yet.” But as fun as it is to make movies about time travel, it can also be confusing. Can you change the past? Are you making multiverses? What about the Butterfly Effect? My head is spinning already.

But don’t worry, Decider is here to help. Read on for The Adam Project plot summary, and The Adam Project ending, explained.

WHAT IS THE ADAM PROJECT ABOUT? THE ADAM PROJECT PLOT SUMMARY:

The year is 2050, and a pilot named Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) has just stolen a spaceship. His boss Maya (played by Catherine Keener, more on her later) warns him that if he doesn’t turn around, she will shoot him out of the sky, and track him down if he tries to time travel. But Adam has done something fancy to block her trackers, he says. He flies into a wormhole and disappears.

Back in the year 2022, 12-year-old Adam Reed (played by Walker Scobell) is running away from bullies at school. They catch up to him, and, much like an adult Ryan Reynolds, Adam can’t keep his mouth shut. He takes a beating, and his mom Ellie (the lovely Jennifer Garner) has to come to pick him up from the principal’s office. We learn that Adam’s father Louis (Mark Ruffalo) recently died and that Adam has had a hard time coping.

One night, when Adam’s mom is off on a date, Adam’s dog Hawking (yes really) takes off running and barking into the woods. When Young Adam chases after the dog, he discovers debris from his future self’s crashed spacecraft. When he returns home, he hears a noise from the garage… and discovers Old Adam, injured and bleeding.

After exchanging some classic Ryan Reynolds quips with himself, Young Adam learns the truth about Old Adam: that he’s him, that he time traveled from the future, and that he meant to go back to 2018, not 2022, as part of a rescue mission. He also explains the rules of time travel and memory for the purposes of the movie: When Old Adam goes back to his fixed time—aka the time where he belongs—both his memory and Young Adam’s memory will reform to reconcile what happened. But it won’t happen while he’s there, it will only happen once he returns to his correct time. You’ll want to remember that—it’s important for later.

Unfortunately, Old Adam can’t access his “time jet” to go to the correct year, because it’s coded to his DNA, and it senses that he’s injured (seems like a pretty big design flaw, but whatever). Basically, it just means that Young Adam and Old Adam have to work together because Young Adam’s DNA can open up the ship. After doing fun 2022 things like standing up to Young Adam’s bullies and having an emotional conversation with his mom (who thinks he’s a stranger), Old Adam is tracked down by that boss Maya from the opening scene. Young Adam knowns Maya Sorian as a family friend and former co-worker of his dad, but Old Adam knows Maya Sorian as a corrupt supervillain who has exclusive control over time. As it turns out, Adam’s dad invented time travel. Also, Old Adam is convinced she had his wife Laura (Zoe Saldana) killed. That’s why he’s here—to save Laura.

Using a weapon that is definitely a lightsaber, Old Adam faces off with some robot army guys and Maya Sorian. He’s not doing so hot, but then, out of nowhere, his wife Laura comes to his rescue. She’s alive! Yay! Laura and both Adams escape to a remote location to hide out for a bit.

Laura explains that future Maya time-traveled back to November 2018, which is when “The Adam Project”—which was the name of the project helmed by Adam’s father to invent practical time travel—first launched. Laura thinks Old Maya traveled back in time to give Young Maya stock tips in order to amass a fortune, as well as tips to gain control over the time travel project. Maya changed the past, and as a result, things are in total disarray in 2050. Old Adam describes the future “on a good day” as Terminator.  Laura has been living in the past for four years alone.

In order to fix the world, Laura wants the Adams to travel back to 2018 and prevent their dad from ever launching the Adam Project. Adam hesitates—if he stops the invention of time travel, he and Laura will never meet—but ultimately agrees. Both Adams make the jump to 2018, and, after a very Star Wars chase scene, they find their dad. Their Dad, Louis, is furious at them for breaking time travel protocol by trying to change the past, but he listens to Old Adam’s story about how time travel has ruined the future. He apologizes for what he did, but refuses to undo anything, as he still believes protocol should be followed.

There’s some emotional stuff in which Old Adam realizes that his dad wasn’t as bad as he remembered, he just convinced himself to hate him because it was easier than grieving. Meanwhile, Old Maya pays a visit to Young Maya in order to warn her that Adam is trying to undo the invention of time travel and take away her legacy. Old Adam decides to destroy time travel himself, by blowing up the facility where Louis and Maya conduct their research. Dad shows up to help, and together they go into the building to stop time travel.

WHAT IS THE ADAM PROJECT ENDING EXPLAINED?

Louis informs his son that the only way to stop time travel is to destroy the algorithm he designed to stabilize the wormholes. Apparently, he has never written the algorithm down, and never told it to another person, so it’s only in his mind and in a super-secure hard drive in the basement. But of course, Old Maya and Young Maya show up to stop them.

In what looks like the Death Star, the two Adams and their dad face off with the two Mayas and some more robot guys. The big magnetic core thing (because of course there is a big magnetic core thing) gets destroyed, and everything metal starts flying into it. Old Maya shoots at Louis with an armor-piercing bullet, but it serves, due to the magnet, and kills Young Maya instead. Oops! Old Maya kills her younger self, thus erasing her future self, too.

Time travel has successfully been un-invented, but Old Adam and Young Adam are still in 2018 with their dad. “It probably takes a while for 30 years of changed time to sort itself out,” is the reason that Old Adam gives. Sure! Louis and the Adams go back to their house, and Louis tells him he knows that he must die in the future, but that he doesn’t want to know how or when it happens. Then dad and the two Adams play catch in the backyard (awww!) until both Old Adam and Young Adam disappear and go back to their fixed time.

Back in 2022, we see Young Adam in a scene from the beginning of the film, when he was teasing his mother for her disorganized filing system. This time, however, before he leaves for school, he freezes, then turns around to give his mother a big hug. We can infer that, at that moment, he just got sent back to his fixed time, and his memories reformed, just like Ryan Reynolds said they would.

In the future, Old Adam is attending a lecture. Laura his former wife enters and sits down next to him. Old Adam starts to flirt with her, and when, he discovers she’s in the wrong building on campus, he offers to walk her to the right place. “I’m lost,” she says. “Not anymore,” Adam replies. “I found you.”

While it’s not explicit, we can infer that Old Adam did in fact recognize Laura, because even though time travel does not exist, he should have his memories of meeting her as a child. He should, in theory, also have the same memories of Old Adam of the events of the movie, because the memories supposedly “reform and reconcile.” They walk off together, and the movie ends.

My advice? Don’t think about it too hard. Time travel plots are always a time-wimey mess. Just go with it!

IS THERE A THE ADAM PROJECT END CREDITS SCENE?

No. There is no scene during or after The Adam Project credits. Go to bed!

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The Adam Project

The Adam Project

  • After accidentally crash-landing in 2022, time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed teams up with his 12-year-old self for a mission to save the future.
  • Adam Reed, age 12 and still grieving his father's sudden death the year before, walks into his garage one night to find a wounded pilot hiding there. This mysterious pilot turns out to be the older version of himself from the future, where time travel is in its infancy. He has risked everything to come back in time on a secret mission. Together they must embark on an adventure into the past to find their father, set things right, and save the world. As the three work together, both young and grown Adam come to terms with the loss of their father and have a chance to heal the wounds that have shaped them. Adding to the challenge of the mission, the two Adams discover that they really don't like each other much, and if they are to save the world, first they need to figure out how to get along.
  • In a dystopian 2050, fighter pilot Adam Reed (Ryan Reynolds) steals his time jet and escapes through time on a rescue mission to 2018. However, he accidentally crash-lands in 2022 instead where Adam meets his 12-year-old self (Walker Scobell) who is struggling with the recent death of their father Louis (Mark Ruffalo) (Adam's father and a brilliant quantum physicist who wrote the algorithm necessary for controlled time travel) in a car accident. Ellie Reed (Jennifer Garner), Adam's mother is alive in 2022. Adam12 gets bullied at school and when he stands up to them, he is suspended for instigating a fight. Ellie was on a date the night when Adam crash landed into 2022. Adam reveals to Adam12, that he is the same guy from the future. Adam reluctantly enlists his younger self's help to repair his jet (The future tech is coded to the user's DNA. Since Adam is injured, the jet wont clear him to fly or repair it because all his vitals are haywire). Adam sets the jet on self repair mode and tucks in for the night in the garage. The next day Ellie leaves for work. Adam tells Adam12 that he treats his mother badly and regrets it for the rest of his life. They go to a drug store to get supplies. Adam tries to get Adam12 to stand up to the bullies, but Adam12 gets beaten down again. Finally Adam takes on the bully and tells him to Adam12 alone. Adam meets Ellie at a bar (as a stranger eves-dropping on her conversation with the bartender) and tells her that she is doing nothing wrong with Adam12. He advises her to be more vulnerable and let Adam12 know that she is also hurting from the death of her husband. Adam reveals that he is looking for his wife, Laura (Zoe Saldaña), who was supposedly killed in a plane crash while on a time travel mission to 2018. They changed the jump logs and Adam never knew what she was chasing in 2018. Adam is being chased by Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener), the leader of the dystopian world and her lieutenant Christos (Alex Mallari Jr.) who attempt to apprehend Adam in 2022 and take him back to 2050. In 2018, Maya was working for Louis. As Maya and Christos attack Adam, The Adams are rescued by Laura who reveals that she had escaped an assassination attempt on her (after she analyzed the jump logs and saw an entry of a plane coming back from 2018, when nobody ever flew to 2018) and was left stranded in the past (for the last 4 yrs). Laura had learned that Sorian had traveled back in time and altered the past in order to give herself control of time travel and the future. Nov 2018 was when Louis developed the Magnetic particle accelerator, the first step towards time travel. Laura urges Adam to travel back to 2018 and destroy time travel, which was created by his father Louis, in order to set things right and save the future. Adam is afraid that if changes the past, Adam and Laura may never meet in the future. Sorian attacks and Laura sacrifices herself so that the two Adams can escape. Chased by Sorian and with only enough power left for one time jump, Adam and his younger self jump back to 2018. In 2018, the two Adams attempt to enlist Louis' help, but he refuses out of concern for the scientific impact on the time-stream. Adam argues that Maya already impacted the time-stream and took control of the future of human destiny. When Louis refuse to relent, Adam tells him to care for his son, rather than caring for the universe all the time. Meanwhile Future Sorian travels to 2018 and meets her younger self. She had traveled to 2018 before to alter the time stream in cahoots with her younger self. Future Sorian reveals that Adam from the future is also in 2018 and is determined to eradicating the technology that enables time travel. Adam12 confronts his future self about his bitterness and anger and realizes that the source of it is his lingering pain over their father's death & nothing else. As the two launch an attack to destroy Louis' particle accelerator, Louis changes his mind and joins the mission, having them instead retrieve the hard drive containing the only copy of his algorithm that enables time travel (by stabilizing the wormholes). Adam and Louis go down to the basement where the accelerator is housed, while Adam12 guards the perimeter with drones. Adam12 is captured by Sorian from the future. She brings Adam12 to the basement to negotiate with Adam and Louis. A battle erupts between the Adams, Louis, Sorian, her younger self, Sorian's soldiers and Christos, resulting in the particle accelerator overloading. Sorian attempts to shoot Louis with an armor-piercing bullet, but the magnetic field of the accelerator instead diverts the round, causing it to kill the younger Sorian, erasing the future Sorian from existence as the Reeds flee. With time travel destroyed and the future set right, Louis chooses not to learn of his own fate and enjoys a game of catch with both versions of his son before the Adams are returned to their own times. In 2022, Adam12 lets go of his bitterness and anger and reconciles with his mother whom he has been distant with ever since Louis' death. Years later, a much happier adult Adam meets Laura for the first time in a situation mirroring their first meeting in the original time-line.

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Ryan Reynolds as Big Adam and Walker Scobell as Young Adam in The Adam Project.

In Shawn Levy ’s Free Guy , Ryan Reynolds starred as a non-player videogame character who breaks free of his programming to score himself a life and make a difference to a joyless world. Reuniting with the director on The Adam Project , another high-concept, highly derivative clutch of ideas from mostly better movies, Reynolds again tries to escape his programming by juggling his usual glib shtick with off-brand sincerity. That’s as hard to buy as the film’s awkward mashup of time-travel mayhem with sudsy melodrama about a fractured family’s path to healing.

As Netflix has shown repeatedly with the non-prestige end of its original film output — for instance, Red Notice , also featuring Reynolds on smirking autopilot — subscribers will eat up these star-driven concoctions no matter how recycled the plotting, making the movies more or less review-proof. That no doubt will prove to be the case again with this orphaned Paramount project, originally conceived as a Tom Cruise vehicle.

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Release date : Friday, March 11 Cast : Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Walker Scobell, Catherine Keener, Zoe Saldaña Director : Shawn Levy Screenwriters : Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

That original script was by T.S. Nowlin, while the rewrite is headed by Jonathan Tropper, who wrote the novel and screenplay that became Levy’s swiftly forgotten 2014 feature This is Where I Leave You , a stale family comedy-drama more interesting for its starry ensemble than for anything they were given to do. Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin also contributed drafts. The combined effort attempts to punch up the sci-fi elements and tailor the humor to Reynolds’ strengths, but the result is neither funny nor thrilling, just exhausting.

Reynolds plays Adam Reed, introduced in 2050 under attack in space while stealing a fighter jet capable of jumping through wormholes in time. Since it’s apparently now compulsory for all futuristic screen material to be accompanied by retro pop from, like, before anyone watching was born, this unfolds to The Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’.” Later, there’s also vintage Led Zeppelin and Boston. Kewl.

Back in 2022, 12-year-old Adam (Walker Scobell) is an ace gamer but also a small-for-his-age kid who’s not too intimidated by Ray (Braxton Bjerken), the middle-school thug who regularly beats him up, to respond with a mouthful of smart-assy sarcasm: “Who talks like that? Did you order, like, a bully starter kit on Amazon or something?” This of course is necessary to provide Reynolds-trademark continuity with 40-year-old Adam. But it has the inadvertent effect of also making a bullied, asthmatic kid, still hurting over the loss of his father a year earlier, curiously unsympathetic, even borderline obnoxious.

When young Adam is threatened with expulsion for the third time, his exasperated mom Ellie ( Jennifer Garner , doing what she can with a thankless stock part) warns him: “Do you care about your future? Son, you better start caring because the future is coming sooner than you think.” OMG, what could she mean?

That subtle cue opens a hole in the time-space continuum for Big Adam to fall through, crash-landing in the woods behinds the Reed family’s house in Nondescript, Anyplace. He was aiming for 2018, in time to save his wife Laura (Zoe Saldaña), but a bullet in the guts and spacecraft damage threw him four years off course. That makes not one but two grieving versions of Adam whose pain is trivialized by their quippy banter.

After Little Adam stops kvelling about how he got so buff, they bond over their disgruntlement about their workaholic dad never having had time for them. But Big Adam also intervenes to try to bridge the distance between Ellie, too spent to tend to her own hurt, and her preteen son.

With help from Laura, who conveniently returns without much logistical explanation, they temporarily fend off air assaults from a mothership piloted by monopolistic time-travel corporate overlord Maya Sorian ( Catherine Keener , why?) and manned by her nefarious head of security Christos (Alex Mallari Jr.) and an army of time soldiers. Because Big Adam’s injuries cause his DNA to be rejected by his jet’s operating system, he needs Little Adam to accompany him as he makes the intended hop back to 2018.

That’s where they meet their dad, Louis ( Mark Ruffalo ), a college science professor geeking out over discoveries that will lead to time-travel breakthroughs. His work is funded by — you guessed it — Maya, who’s still reluctantly apprenticing in evil at this point. We know Louis is not really a neglectful dad because he has the rumpled hair and distressed denim look of an artist on a Sundance fellowship. And his favorite song is Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door,” which he owns on vinyl. Also because he’s cuddly Mark Ruffalo. He’s too pure to have any idea of the chaos that time-travel will unleash in the future, which Big Adam describes as like Terminator , on a good day.

To get to the warm and fuzzy resolution about the difference between angry and sad, you first need to avoid slipping into a coma during lots of numbing talk of electromagnetic particle accelerators and neuromorphic processors. You also need to remain on board while both Adams crack wise during one near-death experience after another, usually involving clunky CG spacecraft, a suspense-free clash in the cavernous Sorian tech lab where Young Adam’s gamer skills come in handy and a lot of cheesy effects as time soldiers evaporate into pretty rainbow-colored dust. Despite their Robocop-style armor, these guys seem remarkably easy to neutralize, sometimes by little more than tripping them up.

Levy’s comments in the press notes suggest he’s convinced there are big father-son issues being explored here in ways raw and real, as does the casting of the wildly over-qualified Ruffalo. (Of the ensemble, Saldaña comes off best, possibly because she doesn’t stick around all that long.) But a big, dumb lug of a movie that cribs from the Bruce Willis vehicle The Kid , Back to the Future and too many other sci-fi titles to list — and has a protagonist so smugly self-aware that none of his feelings ring true — isn’t really engineered for emotional investment. And everything else is too pedestrian to generate excitement.

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Distributor: Netflix Production companies: Skydance, Maximum Effort, 21 Laps Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, Walker Scobell, Catherine Keener, Zoe Saldaña, Alex Mallari Jr., Braxton Bjerken, Kasra Wong Director: Shawn Levy Screenwriters: Jonathan Tropper, T.S. Nowlin, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin Producers: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Shawn Levy, Ryan Reynolds Executive producers: Mary McClagen, Josh McClagen, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, George Dewey, Patrick Gooing, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin Director of photography: Tobias Schliessler Production designer: Claude Paré Costume designer: Jenny Eagan Music: Rob Simonsen Editors: Dean Zimmerman, Jonathan Corn Visual effects supervisor: Alessandro Ongaro Casting: Carmen Cuba

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You've seen Ryan Reynolds do this sort of thing before, but The Adam Project offers slickly entertaining -- and occasionally even moving -- sci-fi action.

Even if it isn't the most original -- or memorable -- time-travel adventure, The Adam Project gets by with entertaining action and a likable cast.

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The Adam Project , Netflix' s new big-budget family adventure, makes its bow on the streamer this Friday (March 11) and the first reviews are in. 

The film, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldaña, Jennifer Garner and Catherine Keener, is directed by Shawn Levy, who made Free Guy with Reynolds in 2021 and who executively produces Netflix's mammoth hit show Stranger Things . 

One of the tentpoles on Netflix's gigantic 2022 movie slate , The Adam Project follows Adam Reed, a character played by both Reynolds and newcomer Walker Scobell. The older Reed is a time-traveling fighter pilot, who crash lands in the year 2022, where he meets his 12-year-old self as well as Garner and Ruffalo, who play his parents. Together, the two Adams set out on a mission to save the future.

With the review embargo lifting ahead of launch day, then, fans have the clearest idea yet of whether it's worth checking out. But, despite its literal and metaphorical star power, it's a mixed bag.

Do critics like The Adam Project?

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Not really. It wouldn't be fair to say it's had a kicking, but the general response is pretty muted. 

The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney summed it up best, calling the movie "too pedestrian to generate excitement" and questioning many of the casting choices.  Indiewire's David Ehrlich wasn't keen either, saying it's an "...overly safe film that only feigns at its ambition. It feels less like a natural fit for Reynolds’ talents than an ill-fitting star vehicle for someone who’s never been less interested in stretching his limits." Ouch. 

Empire's Jordan King liked it more than most, describing the sci-fi flick as "a throwback slice of escapism with plenty of heart", but he didn't feel compelled to give it more than three stars.  Radio Times' Huw Fullerton struck the same tone, calling The Adam Project "...perfectly serviceable fare that will distract you from the world for an hour and 45 minutes." Not exactly a recommendation, is it?

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Variety's Own Gleiberman enjoyed the film, but qualified his praise, saying: "Ryan Reynolds and Shawn Levy are going to make much better movies than this one, but you can feel the tastiness of their combo even in a kinetic marshmallow." Finally, IGN's Ryan Leston bucked the trend by offering up a tonne of praise, he called the film "Back to the Future meets The Last Starfighter with a slew of wonderful performances." It's nice to someone enjoyed it. 

When can I see The Adam Project?

If the reviews haven't put you off, The Adam Project will exclusively launch on Netflix worldwide on Friday, March 11.

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Ryan Reynolds seems to be settling in nicely in what feels like a new home at Netflix thanks to the success of his latest feature, "The Adam Project." The family-friendly sci-fi adventure landed the third biggest opening weekend in the streaming platform's history (via The Hollywood Reporter ). Its 92.4 million viewing hours in its opening weekend trails only the Adam McKay-directed satirical star-studded affair, "Don't Look Up" and the other recent Reynolds-Netflix action team-up flick, "Red Notice," whose numbers are likely boosted by the presence of co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot.

"The Adam Project" follows Adam (Reynolds) as he travels back in time from 2050 to stop the invention of time travel and save the world from becoming a dystopian version of itself. There's only one problem: He doesn't make it back to 2018, the year when his dad, who also happens to be the mind behind time travel, is still alive. Instead, he crash-lands in 2022, where he's forced to team with the younger version of himself (Walker Scobell) so they can skip back an additional three years and make contact with their father.

While the storyline of "The Adam Project" seems pretty straightforward, this new outing from Reynolds creates somewhat confusing time travel rules that don't quite gel with other versions of time travel in movies. Multiple characters appear side-by-side as more than one version of themselves. Deceased characters show up at different points even though earlier versions of themselves are wiped out of existence. Needless to say, this movie can be a bit hard to follow. But never fear: We have a timeline broken down to help you understand the chronological conundrum of "The Adam Project."

The 2010s give us a glimpse into Adam's home life

The relationship between Adam's parents, Ellie and Louis Reed (reunited "13 Going on 30" stars Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo), is the heart of the movie. Louis is the brains behind the concept of time travel in this fictional world, and Ellie is a nurturing force for her child as they deal with the loss of Louis following his death.

As Netflix's Tudum points out in their details breakdown of the chronology of "The Adam Project," Louis and Ellie welcome their baby boy Adam in 2010, evidenced mainly by the character's age in the later settings of the story; he's 12 when the movie introduces the Walker Scobell version of the character. Not much is known about his first decade of life other than a few references. Ryan Reynolds' adult Adam confirms that, when he is seven years old, he runs into a table, causing an injury to his chin that requires 12 stitches. This incident is used later on as a way for the older Adam to prove to his younger self that they are the same person.

In 2018, Louis comments to Ellie that he wonders if he shouldn't have built a video game for Adam. The game may have been instrumental in him becoming such a capable pilot as the gameplay looks eerily similar to the real-life flight mechanics of his ship later in life. Viewers also see a  puppy version of Hawking, the dog  young Adam cares for in 2022. While the action is still set in 2018, Louis makes a comment in response to two future versions of his son showing up and giving him insight into how his invention impacts the future. This interaction sparks his participation in the events that take place in the climax of the film. 

The majority of The Adam Project takes place in 2018 and 2022

2018 is a pivotal year in "The Adam Project." It is the year older Adam tries to get to in order to prevent Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener), the person funding Louis Reed's research who eventually controls time travel and is the leader of the dystopian future, from manipulating time to allow her rise to power. It's also the year that older Adam's wife, Laura (Zoe Saldaña), is marooned when she starts getting close to the truth about Maya's rise to power. Like Adam, Laura is a time pilot — a detail later revealed to be integral to the couple's first meeting. Although she is believed to have perished on a mission in 2050, Adam believed her to be too talented of a pilot to have died in the way she was reported.

Adam's feelings are proven correct when Laura reveals herself as both Adams fight off Maya's henchmen in 2022 and she can explain what she's been doing while in hiding for the last four years. She convinces the duo to go destroy "The Adam Project" (the name Louis gives the magnetic particle accelerator that facilitates time travel) and covers their getaway, ultimately sacrificing herself in the process.

With Laura's help and young Adam's DNA, both Adams jump to 2018, recruit their father on their mission by convincing him that everything has gone wrong with his work on time travel. While Louis initially can't believe Maya would betray him knowing the consequences of changing the past, the presence of two versions of his son ultimately shows him how dire the situation is. The trio infiltrates Maya's HQ, coming face-to-face with the 2018 and 2050 versions of Maya. In an attempt to kill them, Maya shoots her younger self, erasing her future self and allowing the Reeds to complete their mission.

Adam's future impacts the past

When Adam is 10 years old in 2020, he loses his father to a car crash. He spends the following two years getting bullied for being too small for his age and suspended from school for having a smart mouth. He makes his mother's life infinitely more difficult, often not realizing the weight of some of the cruel things he says to his mother.

After his most recent suspension, young Adam crosses paths with a future version of himself after he crash-lands in 2022. The pair bond over their shared experience of losing their father, with the now 12-year-old Adam still grieving and the 40-year-old Adam still wrestling with the effects of burying those feelings under a shell of bitterness. While stuck in 2022, older Adam also has a heartwarming interaction with his mother (unbeknownst to her) and, in their discussion about the unruliness of teenage boys, offers her an apology masked as advice about young Adam's behavior.

Older Adam never reveals to younger Adam that he is arrested in 2027 for something that causes him to lose his college scholarship in his freshman year. While this is undoubtedly devastating, it ultimately leads him to join the Air Force and become the best pilot in the time-travel program. This also leads him on the path of another big moment in his future. Sometime in the 2030s, Adam meets his future wife, Laura, when she mistakenly walks into the wrong lecture hall. He guides her to where she is supposed to be and begins their future together. They build a love strong enough to convince him to steal a ship and break every time travel rule to save her in 2050. 

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‘The Adam Project’ is a sci-fi film based on Adam (Ryan Reynolds), who returns in time from 2050 to correct certain events that affected his timeline. It is now streaming on Netflix.

Warning: This article contains heavy spoilers

Plot summary

In 2050, Adam, a fighter pilot, is being chased by futuristic space ships. Having been wounded by someone, he desperately opens up a wormhole and escapes back in time to 2022.

In this time period, a younger Adam (Walker Scobell) is struggling to come to grips with the demise of his father, Louis Reed (Mark Ruffalo), in an accident one year ago. He keeps acting like a jerk with his mother, Ellie Reed (Jennifer Garner).

He comes across the wounded Adam and, after initial concern, realises that he is the same; an older version of him.

Old Adam informs him that he had to escape his own timeline in order to protect himself. His wife, Laura (Zoe Saldana) was last seen returning to 2018 and hasn’t been traced since.

His original plan was to return in time to 2018 but accidentally landed in 2022. He shows young Adam his spaceship, which Old Adam is unable to activate with DNA matching due to injury, but young Adam can.

Old Adam tells him that he needs to travel to 2018 before their father’s old business partner, Maya Sorian (Catherine Keener) finds him.

He reveals that in his timeline, Sorian has full control over time. She and Louis were the ones to invent time travel, and after his death, she was the sole owner.

They are attacked by Sorian and her henchmen, but Laura arrives just in time and saves thme. As they’re chased, they come up with a plan.

Laura will stay back and distract Sorian, while the two Adams can return in time to 2018 and change whatever happened.

Sorian finds Laura and kills her. She is hot on the Adams’ heels, however, they manage to travel back in time.

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Louis is taking a class in 2018. The old Adam shows up as a student, and, after class, Louis is able to recognise him as his own son.

He even meets the young Adam, and while initially surprised, he is debriefed about the situation in the future and how Sorian returned to the past to advise the younger version of herself on buying the right shares, making her unstoppable in the future.

The young Adam is overjoyed at the chance of meeting his father again, while the old Adam seems a bit disgruntled and believes that Louis did not give them enough time during childhood.

Fully aware of the consequences of meddling with the future, Louis tells them he won’t be a part of their plan and they need to return to their respective timelines.

Clearly affected by the words of the old Adam, he returns home to ask his wife if he has been a bad father and husband.

She responds that while he isn’t there a lot of the time, it doesn’t make him a bad person. The fact that whenever he is available, he is fully there, is enough for them.

The young Adam also confronts Old Adam and claims that he shut down his emotions for his father because he died. He forgot how, no matter how tired, Louis was always fully there when he played catch with Adam.

Protect the timeline

The two Adams go to the base where Louis and Maya are experimenting with the magnetic reactor named ‘The Adam Project’ that results in the invention of time travel.

While the old Adam attempts to break in, the young Adam has his back with a futuristic gaming-style weapon.

Just when the old Adam is about to be taken out, Louis arrives and saves him by crashing his car into the assailant.

Louis and Adam go inside and remove the hard drive to stop the machine. However, the young and old Sorian arrive with the young Adam as a hostage.

To make matters worse, one of the bullets hits the reactor’s glass and it shatters, causing it to go haywire.

Just as the old Sorian is about to kill Louis with a bullet, it instead gets sucked toward the magnetic reactor and, with the young Sorian in its way, kills her instead, putting an end to both versions of her.

Louis tells the two Adams that he knew the core of the bullet was metallic and it sometimes pays off to be the nerd. The three safely escape the building.

A new future

In an absolute tearjerker moment, Louis tells both his kids that he loves them no matter what and he never meant to upset them.

With the future now fixed, the two Adams could disappear at any moment. Before that happens, the three go to the house and play catch together for one last time. When Louis picks up the ball after a loose throw, the two have vanished.

With the timeline now corrected, the two Adams still show signs of subconsciously remembering their adventure.

The young Adam remembers to hug his mother, who the old Adam told him was also suffering and he needed to appreciate her more.

In the end, the old Adam and Laura meet in a class, just as they originally did, and Adam tells her he “found her”, just as he had claimed he would back in 2022 before they separated.

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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Frequent sci-fi action violence, plus bullying. Ki

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"S--t," partial "motherf----r," "ass," "a--hole,"

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Adults drink wine, liquor, and beer.

Parents need to know that The Adam Project is a time-traveling mystery starring Jennifer Garner, Ryan Reynolds, and Zoe Saldana that has lots of action and humor, as well as emotional family drama that includes deaths of loved ones. A son has never properly forgiven his father for dying young and takes it out…

Positive Messages

Our time on earth is short. It's easier to be angry than sad, but sometimes you can forget there's a difference. Family provides a child's place in the world and sense of identity. Kids don't need a parent to be perfect; they just need a parent to be there for them. Sometimes scientific discoveries can be used for negative purposes. It pays to be a nerd.

Positive Role Models

People make personal sacrifices, including risking their own lives, for the larger good of humanity. Parents and kids learn they can support each other through difficult periods rather than retreating into their own emotions. Adults and kids both cover their true emotions with sarcasm and feigned indifference. A father shares his love and pride for his grown son.

Diverse Representations

Main characters are mostly White except the lead character's wife, who is Black. Main characters are "nerds" and scientists, and a running theme is how being a nerd can pay off.

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Violence & Scariness

Frequent sci-fi action violence, plus bullying. Kids tease and punch an asthmatic kid who's smaller than them. A character has a bleeding gunshot wound. A father died in a car accident. A sympathetic character is killed. Multiple deadly fights with futuristic soldiers, some fistfights and battles between humans. Futuristic weapons kill humans and robots by shooting, stabbing, disintegrating, electrocuting, beating. A tween attacks robots with a video game-like drone system. Car chases result in cars shot at, flipped over, and exploded. A man jokes about wanting to drown an annoying kid. A character has a stash of weapons in her floor.

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Kissing, in one case passionately and presumably leading to sex. Jokes about "penis," getting "laid," and a jacket that makes a man "look like a condom with buttons."

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"S--t," partial "motherf----r," "ass," "a--hole," "damn," "goddamn it," "bitch," "hell," "crap," "moron," "jeez," "jerk," "balls," "turd-burper," "loser," "pee," "frickin'," "suck." "God" and "Christ" used as exclamations.

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Parents need to know that The Adam Project is a time-traveling mystery starring Jennifer Garner , Ryan Reynolds , and Zoe Saldana that has lots of action and humor, as well as emotional family drama that includes deaths of loved ones. A son has never properly forgiven his father for dying young and takes it out on his mother, who's also grieving. When an older version of himself shows up, he's drawn into an adventure that gives him the chance to go back in time and repair those relationships. But that adventure is quite dangerous, and while it allows the child to escape bullying kids who tease and punch him, it also puts his life in jeopardy repeatedly. Multiple deadly fights with futuristic soldiers involve weapons used to kill by shooting, stabbing (one bloody wound is treated), disintegrating, electrocuting, and beating. A tween attacks soldiers with a video game-like drone system. Car chases result in vehicles being shot at, flipped over, and exploded. A man jokes about wanting to drown an annoying kid. There's also a lot of language ("s--t," partial "motherf----r," "ass," "a--hole," "goddammit," "bitch," and more). Expect to see kissing, sexual innuendo, and drinking, too. Underlying the action are positive messages about the importance of family, the value of communicating genuine emotions, and the benefits of "being a nerd." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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Potentially great movie to watch with kids Fails due to crude actor!

Not bad movie, pity about language, what's the story.

Left home alone one evening while his widowed mother ( Jennifer Garner ) goes out on a date, Young Adam (Walker Scobell) discovers a wounded man on his property at the start of THE ADAM PROJECT. The man ( Ryan Reynolds ) turns out to be an older version of himself, and he eventually explains that he has traveled back in time to discover how his wife ( Zoe Saldana ) was killed, and maybe save her. Time travel is possible thanks to technology initially created by Adam's dad ( Mark Ruffalo ) but put to nefarious use by his business partner, Maya Sorian ( Catherine Keener ). Big Adam has been followed back in time by Sorian and her robot-like soldiers, putting his life -- and that of his younger self -- in jeopardy.

Is It Any Good?

The real surprise in this fun, layered, time-traveling action mystery is the tenderness with which family relationships and sentiments are handled. The Adam Project gives its characters the opportunity to go back in time to right misdirected relationships and fix missed chances to fully express their feelings for each other. While the concept of time travel is nothing new (Young Adam's blue puffy vest could be a direct nod to Back to the Future's Marty McFly), the way it's handled here as a device for a more intimate character study is compelling. An especially moving scene is when Big Adam encounters his mom in a bar and helps her understand her son's feelings, as well as her own.

The action scenes and visual effects are of course well done (though the de-aging of Keener is a little creepy), and they're set to classic rock and choreographed with character-revealing dialogues. A memorable example is when Young Adam repeats Big Adam's condescending tough-guy advice back to him when the latter is in a vulnerable position. The actors here are cast to type: Reynolds as a wise-cracking reluctant hero, Garner as a mom, Saldana as a brave action hero, and Ruffalo as a scruffy sage. The discovery is Walker Scobell as Young Adam. He manages to match Reynolds' sarcasm, smarts, and knowing looks, rather than the other way around, acting that was necessary to make their oneness as versions of the same character believable. While the setting doesn't play a huge role, the lush forest right outside Adam's house is magical and vaguely reminiscent of scenes from E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial .

Talk to Your Kids About ...

Families can talk about the two versions of Adam in The Adam Project . How are they alike and different? What do they learn from each other? What would you say to a younger version of yourself, given the chance?

What is the world of 2050 like, judging by the descriptions given by characters who have traveled back to 2022? What do you envision the future to look like?

How does this film weave action, drama, fantasy, and comedy together? What genre would you call the movie, if you had to pick just one?

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming : March 11, 2022
  • Cast : Ryan Reynolds , Walker Scobell , Mark Ruffalo
  • Director : Shawn Levy
  • Studio : Netflix
  • Genre : Fantasy
  • Topics : STEM , Magic and Fantasy , Adventures
  • Run time : 106 minutes
  • MPAA rating : PG-13
  • MPAA explanation : violence/action, language and suggestive references
  • Award : Common Sense Selection
  • Last updated : February 17, 2023

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El proyecto Adam | Top de críticas, reseñas y calificaciones

"Es inofensiva y no reinventa nada en absoluto, pero a su vez es un entretenimiento muy divertido, cálido y nostálgico", dicen las reseñas de El Proyecto Adam

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Actualmente, Netflix es la plataforma de contenido por excelencia, si bien Disney Plus ha estado constantemente nutriendo sus contenidos al igual de HBO Max , el gigante escarlata del streaming ya lleva varios años por delante pero, ¿de qué forma? Si bien cada servicio tiene producciones originales igual de atractivas, en Netflix es donde, de verdad, se puede encontrar contenido que es para todo tipo de público, desde producciones infantiles, historias para adolescentes, acción para mayores, contenido violento para jóvenes o historias de amor para enamorados y un basto etcétera.

Te recomendamos: El proyecto Adam ya tiene calificación de la crítica

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Un piloto que viaja en el tiempo hace equipo con su versión más joven y su difunto padre para reconciliarse con su pasado y salvar el futuro. Dirige Shawn Levy y protagoniza Ryan Reynolds , Catherine Keener , Zoe Saldana , Jennifer Garner y Mark Ruffalo .

Por un lado, contiene acción, comedia, un toque de romance y ese momento reflexivo con el tiempo que muchas producciones desarrollan para hacer pensar al público en cómo se invierte este elemento en la vida. Tiene aires de nostalgia al conectar con la década de los años 80, sobre todo el protagonista Ryan Reynolds quien ofrece todo lo que se le demanda. Cumple con la misión de entretener a toda la audiencia.

Otros críticos mencionan que la historia cae en un ciclo de letargo al no ofrecer nada nuevo ni proponer temas interesantes. Realmente de ciencia ficción hay muy pocas cosas creíbles, pues se usa el viaje en el tiempo como excusa para tapar muchos agujeros de guión. Pese a tener varios momentos donde salen a relucir ideas que pudieron ser mejores, todo pasará al olvido por una ejecución tan dispar en su mensaje.

Sin más por el momento, te dejamos con las reseñas de El proyecto Adam :

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Lionel Marrero , de Soy de Cine :

...un auténtico disfrute. Su trama es interesante, sus interpretaciones son más que correctas (...) y algunas de sus escenas han logrado removerme por dentro, algo que muy pocos blockbusters son capaces de hacer a día de hoy...

Besay García Benitez , de El Espoiler :

Es inofensiva y no reinventa nada en absoluto, pero a su vez es un entretenimiento muy divertido, cálido y nostálgico.

Raquel Hernández Luján , de Hobby Consolas :

Ryan Reynolds es el centro de todo y da exactamente lo que se espera de él (...) esto tiene de todo aventura, ciencia-ficción, humor meta, romance y unos personajes cautivadores. Buen cine familiar...

José María Areste , de De Cine 21 :

...conecta con la nostalgia de las aventuras ochenteras adolescentes, da la sensación de podía haber sido mucho mejor, y que en ella hay bastante de rutinario y cansino.

Cristian Ordoñez , de Milenio :

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Miker Zorrilla , de Espinof :

El bagaje es irregular, pues cuando opta por un enfoque más íntimo y personal, 'El proyecto Adam' funciona mejor, pero cuando toca elevar la escala de la película, el resultado tiende a ser un poco genérico.

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Alberto González , de Vandal :

Desgraciadamente no pasará a la historia, y pese a que tiene momentos de relativa brillantez, no será capaz de permanecer en nuestro recuerdo demasiado tiempo.

Owen Gleiberman , de Variety :

... “The Adam Project” no es ciencia ficción de alto rendimiento. Es una chuchería brillante de una travesura que utiliza el viaje en el tiempo como marco para la acción que se escenifica tan efusivamente como la demolición en una caricatura...

David Ehrlich , de indieWire :

“The Adam Project” cae en un ciclo de letargo, de pseudociencia y frases ingeniosas porque no logra acumular ningún peso emocional.

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The Adam Project is a Science Fiction dramady film directed by Shawn Levy and produced by and starring Ryan Reynolds in their second collaboration following Free Guy . It was released on Netflix on March 11, 2022.

The film follows Adam Reed ( Walker Scobell ), a troubled young boy still trying to cope with the death of his scientist father, Louis ( Mark Ruffalo ). Things change, however, when his time traveling future self (Reynolds) crash lands in the present day from the year 2050. Together, the two must travel through time and stop a mysterious threat to the future.

  • When Sorian first sics her goons on the two Adams, Young Adam glances at his older self's Mag-Cyl and quips "That's a lightsaber, dude" which is a line lifted from Free Guy .
  • During the climax, young Adam gets to do a Three-Point Landing and gleefully whispers " superhero landing !"
  • The box containing the Reed family's sporting items has Deadpool and Hulk stickers.
  • Alphabet Architecture : The Sorian building forms an S when viewed from above.
  • Ambiguous Situation : At the end it’s not clear how much of his adventures the Adam in the new timeline remembers. It’s stated earlier in the film that his memories would try to reconcile themselves, and Young Adam states that he can feel something happening after the climax, but he does remember to give his mother a hug.
  • Armor Is Useless : It's understandable that the future assault rifles cuts through the soldiers' armor — they're Magnetic Weapons with armor-piercing rounds. However the armor also doesn't protect against Laura shooting them with a modern FN rifle or even Future Adam punching the soldiers unconscious with his bare hands.
  • Battle Couple : Future Adam and his love interest Laura fight a mob of enemies together when they reunite.
  • Bad Future : Future Adam does not have many kind things to say about his time period.
  • Big Bad : Maya Sorian. At least the future version.
  • Blunt "No" : Young Adam cops one of these when he introduces himself to a girl Ferris Bueller style while being chased by bullies.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield : Defied, as future Adam points out that getting behind his dad won't help because armor-piercing bullets will go straight through anyway. Though the steel cores of those bullets do come in handy very shortly after.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue : It's a Ryan Reynolds film, so naturally this is all over the place. Louis: watching lab collapsing We should run? Future Adam: Yeah.
  • Casting Gag : Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner play Adam's parents, having previously played love interests in 13 Going on 30 (another film about a child getting to see their future).
  • Cool Plane : The future Adam has a high tech fighter jet that doubles as his time machine and has Invisibility Cloak plus Deflector Shield . Sorian does too.
  • Cool Sword : Future Adam has a double sided "laser sword" called the Mag-Cyl which can deflect bullets and generate a Shockwave Stomp .
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive : Maya is the CEO of Sorian Industries.
  • Crapsack World : 2050 is described as the opening of The Terminator on its good days. Part of the reason for that may be that Maya Sorian had her younger self invest in companies that aren’t known for being environmentally friendly.
  • Crazy-Prepared : Laura's cabin has the roads rigged with explosives and a sizable arsenal of modern assault rifles, ammo, Semtex and grenades (in addition to her own rail gun from the future). All this to prepare for the possibility of Adam coming to rescue her and Maya attempting to kill her.
  • Cynicism Catalyst : The death of his father gradually leaves Adam becoming more and more bitter, until his adult self is an outright cynic.
  • Deadpan Snarker : Adam, both past and future, enabling them to share a nice back-and-forth. Given who he's played by , it's not remotely surprising. Past Adam: Wait, wait, wait, you were shot?! Future Adam: Yeah, no, actually, no. No. I was stabbed. With a bullet. What do you think, you moron?! [...] Future Adam: Stay cool. You can trust me. Past Adam: Easy for you to say. I'm the one who winds up in a therapist's office telling 'em about where the bad man touched me . Future Adam: Oh, god, that's where you go? Immediately? You are dark, man.
  • Didn't Think This Through : Past Adam attempts to fight off Christos using his future self's weapon, with the moment being set up like a Big Damn Heroes moment. Of course, being a weak 12-year-old kid who could barely handle people his own size, he realistically doesn't stand a chance against a fully grown trained soldier; thus, he gets taken out in one blow by Christos.
  • Disappeared Dad : Louis died sometime before the events of the movie; it’s not until 2018 that he appears.
  • Doom Troops : Maya's forces. Wearing all black? Check. Heavily armored? Check. Masked to hide their humanity? Check. Slightly Distorted Voices? Check. Dreaded? Despite their foes' mookish buffoonery, Adam and Laura do think of them as a real threat — heck the couple used to be part of that group.
  • Double Weapon : Future Adam's Cool Sword .
  • The Dragon : Christos is Maya’s personal lieutenant.
  • Dual Wielding : Christos used this in one scene.
  • Dumb Muscle : Young Adam likes to snark that Adult Adam traded brains for muscles, something he calls "a shit deal".
  • Faceless Goons : Sorian has a small army of these to deal with Adam.
  • The Fatalist : Louis believes that time travel must never be used to alter the past, regardless of the tragedies it might avert. He repeatedly refuses to let the Adams tell him how he died and instead apologizes that he won't be there for them in the future.
  • For the Evulz : Adam’s colleague Christos and the bullies of his younger selves, Ray and Chuck are the classic “purely bad” villains who like to pick on Adam simply because they can. They are not given a Freudian Excuse for their actions.
  • Future Badass : Adam’s future self is a capable fighter and pilot.
  • Future Me Scares Me : The Maya from 2018 isn’t nearly as bloodthirsty as her future self.
  • Genre Throwback : The film has been described as one to '80s science fiction.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot : When Laura saves both Adams from Sorian's goons, she fights them off by shooting at them, while her lover Future Adam uses his Mag-Cyl staff on them.
  • Help Yourself in the Future : The adult Adam is forced to work with his younger self to complete his mission in the past.
  • Heroic Sacrifice : Laura chooses to stay behind and distract Sorian and her goons while the Adams make it to the time machine. She does not survive the encounter .
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard : Future Sorian trying to gun down Adam's father didn't work as expected, the powerful magnetic accelerator caught the steel-core bullet and redirected it right into Past Maya — killing her and negating her world-conquering plans for the future.
  • I Hate Past Me : Future Adam is irritated with his past self's constant questioning, seeming inability to understand the word "classified", the frequency with which his past self rifles through his personal things , and admits that his younger self has "a very punchable face" and is "abnormally small for a twelve-year-old". His biggest issue however, is the poor way his younger self treated their mother, something he said still makes him sick.
  • I Never Told You My Name : Future Adam accidentally calls Past Adam by name, which Past Adam immediately twigs to. Future Adam tries to bluster through by throwing out even more personal info, but Past Adam works it out.
  • Insistent Terminology : No, Past Adam, the laser sword that your future self brought with him is not a lightsaber .
  • In the new timeline, Adam and Laura are still able to meet more or less the same way they did in the original.
  • The ripple effect from the erasure of time travel wasn't enough to knock Louis off the path that lead to his death. Either that or Laura's theory about the "echoes" is correct, which would also explain the above example.
  • Invisibility Cloak : The Time Jets and Maya's security teams all have stealth technology making them invisible.
  • Magnetic Weapons : With the future being so heavily influenced by a university magnetic accelerator — it's no wonder there's a boom in magnetically-based weaponry. Those future rifles shooting the glowing blue bolts aren't lasers. They're magnetic accelerators using steel-core bullets (though the pistols are just regular ballistic weapons but more futuristic-looking ) plus Adam's "laser sword"/staff weapon is called a Mag-Cyl and has various electromagnetic abilities.
  • MegaCorp : By 2050, Maya Sorian is so rich and powerful that her name emblazons almost every product imaginable, including all the futuristic weapons used in the film.
  • Misery Builds Character : Future Adam sets Past Adam up to get beat in another fight and then tells him that losing is important, because it takes constantly getting beaten down to build him up into a future badass.
  • No Body Left Behind : Anyone killed outside of their original time period disintegrates into glowing particles. Along with anyone whose past self is killed.
  • No, Except Yes : This exchange: Past Adam: You’re me? Future Adam: That’s classified. But yes. I was.
  • Noodle Incident : Future Adam makes reference to an incident in college that resulted in arrest and expulsion, but doesn't provide Past Adam with any more details.
  • Oh, Crap! : Sorian gets a major one when she accidentally shoots and kills her past self with a bullet meant for Adam's father.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield : Adam's plane is DNA locked to him to the point of Awesome, but Impractical — just from being injured, the time jet rejects the owner as having compromised DNA so Future Adam needed Young Adam just to open the jet. It does make a fridge logic sort of sense; it's an anti-theft system in case the pilot were being forced to take off or give someone else access to the tech.
  • Parents as People : As Ellie points out to Louis, when he's spending time with her and Adam he devotes all his time to them but when he's focusing on work he puts in the same amount of effort which means he's not around as much as he could be. As a consequence of using his anger to deal with his father's death, Future Adam forgets all the times Louis had been there for him and sees him as The Workaholic until Past Adam reminds him of how much Louis cares for them.
  • Pass the Popcorn : When Future Adam and Laura start making out in front of him, Adam just stares and takes a big bite out of his carrot.
  • The Power of Love : Laura tries to reassure Future Adam by saying that their love is so great it will overcome any changes that happen to the timeline. The ending shows that she was right.
  • Pre Asskicking Oneliner : Past Adam delivers one, but the moment gets subverted. Past Adam: Ever had your ass kicked by a 12-year-old nerd with an inhaler? [Strikes pose] Supper time, Spanky!
  • Precision F-Strike : Not explicitly said out loud but Young Adam can be seen mouthing “What the fuck?” when Laura tells him to eat a carrot.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated : Laura, who was previously thought to have been killed by Maya in 2018, winds up still being alive in 2022, much to Adam's surprise. She unfortunately ends up getting Killed Off for Real by Maya not too long after this was revealed , but she lives in the timeline created after time travel is destroyed .
  • Ret-Gone : Future Maya erases herself from history when a bullet meant for Louis winds up hitting her younger self .
  • Self-Serving Memory : Future Adam remembers Louis as being a workaholic who never had time for family. Past Adam corrects him, saying that Louis always made time for them and would come out and play catch no matter how tired he was. Past Adam speculates that being angry at Louis was easier than grieving him, so he gradually forgot the good things.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong : Future Adam’s mission is to prevent time travel from being invented, thus stopping the Bad Future he's stuck in.
  • A student in Louis’s class has a shirt with a picture of Nicolas Cage but underneath it says “ John Travolta ”.
  • Past Adam postulates that they're in a multiversal reality and that any changes to the timeline will cause a new one to branch out, like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe .
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat : Walker Scobell as young Adam is able to go toe to toe with master snarker Ryan Reynolds as older Adam.
  • Something Only They Would Say : Future Adam has a conversation about child-rearing with Ellie in a bar. At the end, he reassures her that her son loves her "more than he knows"; almost word for word Past Adam earlier telling her he loves her "more than I know". It takes a moment to sink in before she runs outside to look for Future Adam, but he's already gone.

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  • Past Adam notes that the stranger knew how to get into his dad's garage and how to close the fridge, as well as how to time his breathing. They also have the same twelve stitches under their chins and they're both wearing the same watch.
  • Laura reveals that a timeship returned from 2018, yet there was no record of anyone being sent back to 2018, meaning that someone had changed the future.
  • Take Our Word for It : Outside of one scene in orbit, we never see anything of the 2050’s. At most we get Future Adam and Laura’s descriptions of it as being a Crapsack World worse than the Bad Future from The Terminator and hints that the ecosystem is in dire shape.
  • Techno Babble : Future Adam spouts off a string of techno babble to explain how his time jet is damaged and what he's going to do to fix it.
  • Temporal Suicide : In the climax, Sorian accidentally does this. She aimed for Adam's father, but didn't account for the bungled reactor drawing the steel-cored bullet towards it, with her past self in its path.
  • Time Travel : The plot revolves around a young boy meeting his future self.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass : Past Sorian still shows concerns about the morality of the investments that made her rich and the uses of time travel technology. Future Sorian is much more callous and dismissive of the damage she's caused because in the end it let her win. When Future Sorian tries to convince her past self to shoot Louis, Past Sorian refuses .
  • 20 Minutes into the Past : For Young Adam at least, when his future self takes him from 2022 to 2018.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years : Downplayed with Young Adam. He's still very much a child and gets quite giddy at the prospect at meeting his future self, but he does have his moments of wisdom and maturity that can surprise even his future self such as realizing that future Adam hates his dad not because he did anything worthy of hatred, but because he prefers to use anger as a way to deal with the grief of his dad's death .
  • Would Hurt a Child : Sorian has young Adam held at gunpoint, threatening to kill him and Ret-Gone adult Adam.
  • Wunza Plot : One’s a cynical, wise-cracking fighter pilot and time traveler from a Bad Future . The other is his bullied, asthmatic twelve-year old self. They fight a Corrupt Corporate Executive and her Faceless Goons .
  • You Already Changed the Past : The future Adam states that in his timeline, Maya Sorian has already used time travel to give herself information to make her incredibly rich and powerful.
  • Zip Me Up : Adam does this for his mom Ellie Reed right before her date.
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Francis Ford Coppola started working on his next film over 40 years ago.

The iconic director began research on his Roman-inspired science fiction movie Megalopolis in the late 1970s after he finished Apocalypse Now . After many delays and false starts — including 300 script rewrites — Coppola’s dystopian film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2024.

With an all-star cast including Adam Driver , Giancarlo Esposito, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aubrey Plaza , Shia LaBeouf , Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and Laurence Fishburne, fans and critics have eagerly awaited Coppola’s first film after 13 years.

Megalopolis is even a family affair with Coppola’s sister Talia Shire, nephew Jason Schwartzman and granddaughter Romy Mars all appearing.

The highly-anticipated movie was born from Coppola’s desire to make a movie about a collapsing empire based on a moment from Roman history called the Catilinarian Conspiracy, in which Lucius Sergius Catilina was said to have planned a coup to overthrow Marcus Tullius Cicero, failed and then been publicly shamed.

Megalopolis takes pieces from this story, which has been highly contested throughout history, and places it in a glamorous, old-timey version of New York City.

“I wasn’t really working on this screenplay for 40 years as I often see written, but rather I was collecting notes and clippings for a scrapbook of things I found interesting,”  Coppola told Vanity Fair in May 2024. “Ultimately, after a lot of time, I settled on the idea of a Roman epic. And then later, a Roman epic set in modern America.”

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Coppola’s passion project follows three main characters as they fight for power in a declining empire, called New Rome.

Cesar Catalina (Driver) is an optimistic architect who has the power to control and stop time. He desires to create a better society while his opposition, Mayor Franklyn Cicero (Esposito), wants to maintain power by keeping the city’s government corrupt.

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Who is in the Megalopolis cast?

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Megalopolis features an ensemble cast of high-profile actors hailing from a variety of genres.

Beyond the main characters played by Driver, Esposito and Emmaneul, Plaza plays a TV presenter named Wow Platinum, LaBeouf makes his return to the big screen after four years as Catalina’s cousin Clodio Pulcher and Voight plays Hamilton Crassus III, Catalina’s uncle and head of a national bank.

Other notable cast members include Fishburne as both the narrator and Catalina’s driver, Coppola’s sister, Shire, as the architect’s mother and Schwartzman as a member of the corrupt mayor’s crew.

Poor Things actress Kathryn Hunter, America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal , Saturday Night Live ’s Chloe Fineman and Hoffman also have roles in the film. Coppola’s granddaughter Mars even makes an appearance in Megalopolis as a reporter.

The Godfather director has given the cast a lot of credit for bringing his story to life. “We made it together — I didn’t make the film,” he said during a Cannes press conference, per The New York Times . “When you make a film like this, I didn’t know how to do it, let’s face it. The movie makes itself.”

Many actors reportedly did table reads for the film over the 40 years since Coppola started working on Megalopolis , including Jon Hamm . The director also told Variety he was considering Russell Crowe , Robert De Niro , Nicolas Cage and Paul Newman for the film in 2001.

Is there a Megalopolis trailer?

Coppola shared a short clip of his upcoming film on his YouTube channel in early May 2024. The 2-minute long video shows Catalina standing on the roof of what appears to be the Chrysler Building in New York City.

After Driver’s character nearly jumps over the edge, he shouts “time stop” hinting at his powers to control the clock.

Two weeks later, Coppola’s YouTube account published a shorter trailer . The video begins with a narrator saying “When does an empire die?” and shows bits of the film, including LaBeouf yelling “We are taking our city back” and Plaza lounging in Roman attire, eating fruit.

What has Coppola said about Megalopolis ?

The famed director has been working on Megalopolis since finishing his iconic war film Apocalypse Now in 1979. Over the years, he has talked about his passion project and even spent $120 million of his own funds to get Megalopolis made.

Coppola wanted to reimagine the historical moment of the Catilinarian Conspiracy for his next film.

“In history, Catiline lost and was killed and Cicero survived. But since the survivor tells the story, I wondered, what if what Catiline had in mind for his new society was a realignment of those in power, and could it have even been ‘visionary’ and ‘good,’ while Cicero perhaps could have been ‘reactionary’ and ‘bad,’ ” he told Vanity Fair in May 2024.

Beyond the historical inspiration for the film, Coppola has also cited the H.G. Wells-written film, Things to Come , as an important influence on Megalopolis .

“This … classic is about building the world of tomorrow, and has always been with me, first as the ‘boy scientist’ I was and later as a filmmaker,” he said.

Will movie theaters include Megalopolis ’ viral fourth wall scene?

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One of the buzziest moments of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival was during the premiere of Megalopolis when an actor walked onstage in front of the screen and engaged with Driver’s character in the film.

Coppola called this choice “in-theater ‘live cinema’ ” in the description of Megalopolis ’ trailer on YouTube.

Because the film has not yet been bought by a wide distributor it is not certain whether or not this 4D element of Megalopolis will happen in theaters across the world but its French distributor, Le Pacte, has announced that they will try.

“We certainly will do a lot of such performances,” the company’s president Jean Labadie told Deadline in May 2024. “With four screenings a day in many theaters it will not be easy to do it for each screening.”

When will Megalopolis be released?

Megalopolis premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2024. The film has yet to acquire an international distributor so the release date is unknown.

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Rep. Smith Announces FY 2025 Community Project Funding Requests for the Ninth District

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) released the following statement announcing the 15 Community Project Funding requests he submitted to the House Appropriations Committee for consideration in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 appropriations bills.   “Community Project Funding requests are an important way to send federal dollars back to our communities and support initiatives that are making a real difference in the lives of our constituents. I am thrilled to announce the 15 community projects I selected for consideration in the FY 2025 appropriations process – projects that will invest in affordable housing, workforce development and job training, public safety, economic development, and transportation and infrastructure. These projects respond to the needs of our region by building more affordable housing, deploying public safety and emergency response teams, improving pedestrian and biking routes on I-405, and more. I will continue working with local leaders and organizations to get this funding across the finish line and make our region a better place to live.” 

See below for the full list of Rep. Smith's Community Project Funding requests for FY 2025.   Find more information about the FY 2025 Community Project Funding requests, including project descriptions here .   $4 million for Purpose Dignity Action – CID Public Safety Team Chinatown-International District, Seattle     $4.5 million for City of Renton – Kennydale Lakeline Sanitary Sewer and Water Quality Preservation Renton, Kennydale Lake    $1.6 million for City of Seattle – Post Overdose Opioid Response Seattle   $2.5 million for City of Bellevue – Bellevue Grand Connection: I-405 Crossing (Downtown to Eastrail) Bellevue   $3 million for Seattle Public Library – Columbia Library Seismic Retrofit Columbia City   $2.5 million for City of Tukwila – Tukwila Community Center HVAC Replacement Tukwila    $1 million for Green River College – Electric Vehicle Automotive Center Auburn   $2 million for City of Des Moines – Midway Park Construction Des Moines   $1.4 million for Community Roots Housing – Joe Black & Burton Wetmore Apartments Affordable Housing Preservation Seattle   $2 million for South King Fire Training Consortium – Firefighter PPE CO2 Decontamination Unit Kent   $700,000 for Seattle Indian Services Commission – Native Village & Gateway Project Chinatown-International District, Seattle   $1 million for Congolese Integration Network – STEM Education Program Seatac   $1.5 million for Highline College – Soccer and Sports Complex Rehabilitation Des Moines   $3.1 million for King County Water District 54 – Water Treatment Modernization North Kent, Des Moines   $2.25 million for City of Kent – Mobile Command Police Vehicle Kent   Submitting projects to the House Appropriations Committee is the first step in the process and does not guarantee they will be funded. Rep. Smith will continue to advocate for this funding to be passed by Congress and signed into law.

‘Godzilla x Kong’ Sequel Loses Adam Wingard

The filmmaker behind Legendary’s last two MonsterVerse hits will not return for a third

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Adam Wingard will not return to direct the “Godzilla x Kong” sequel, according to an insider with knowledge of the project.

The filmmaker behind Legendary’s last two MonsterVerse hits — 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong” and 2024’s “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” — won’t return for a third installment. However, the door remains open for Wingard to return in the future.

The filmmaker didn’t have a deal in place to return, and will next direct “Onslaught” for A24 with Lyrical Media and Ryder Picture Company. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall. Wingard will direct from a script that he wrote with frequent collaborator Simon Barrett (“The Guest,” “Blair Witch,” “You’re Next”).

Thundercats

Wingard also has a “ ThunderCats ” movie in development at Warner Bros. centered on the 1985-1990 animated TV show about feline humanoids fighting to survive on a desolate planet against incredible odds.

“Godzilla x Kong” is expected to surpass 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island” as the highest-grossing film in the MonsterVerse franchise, possibly as soon as this upcoming weekend. “Skull Island” topped out at the box office with $568 million worldwide. With a production budget of $135 million, “Godzilla x Kong” also looks poised to be one of the most profitable entries in the five-film MonsterVerse series to date.

Meanwhile, “Shang-Chi” writer David Callaham has been tapped to write the next “Godzilla x Kong” installment.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news about Wingard.

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Godzilla X Kong’s Been Crushing At The Box Office, But There’s Some Bad News For MonsterVerse Fans Looking Forward To The Sequel

Well this is a shame,

Kong stands roaring in front of lava, while holding an axe in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.

Although 2023 was a big year for the MonsterVerse thanks to spreading into the TV realm with the shows Skull Island and Monarch: Legacy of Monsters , which can be respectively streamed with a Netflix subscription and Apple TV+ subscription , at the end of March, the franchise made its theatrical return with Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire . Since dropping on the 2024 release schedule , the latest MonsterVerse movie has been doing quite well at the box office, ranking #2 worldwide with its $563.8 million haul, trailing only behind Dune : Part Two . As a result, development on a sequel has begun, but some bad news on that front has come in today.

After being hired to direct 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong , and then reprising his helming duties for Godzilla x Kong , Adam Wingard will reportedly not return to direct a third movie in the MonsterVerse. According to THR , the filmmaker going his separate ways with Legendary Entertainment, which controls the franchise, is “described as amicable and stemming from timing issues.” It’s also said “the door remains open” for him to return to the MonsterVerse someday.

While it’s a shame that Adam Wingard’s time in the franchise is over (for now), this shouldn’t come as a complete surprise for those who keep track of his career. The man has a number of movies he’s already committed to for the coming years, including the A24 action thriller Onslaught , the Face/Off sequel and a live-action adaptation of Thundercats . THR mentions that Wingard’s commitment to doing Onslaught next didn’t mesh with Legendary wanting to move forward with another Godzilla/Kong movie quickly, so now the search begins for a new director to follow in his footsteps. 

Still, it’s not like it’s all bad news for the next pairing of Godzilla and Kong on the big screen. Earlier this month, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callaham was tapped to write the Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire sequel . This will be his second foray into the MonsterVerse, as he received a ‘Story By’ credit for 2014’s Godzilla , but now he has the opportunity to pen a full script centered on the Titans. 

Although Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire was met with mixed critical reception , with our own Mikes Reyes skewing more positively with a 4 out of 5 stars score in his Godzilla x Kong review , it will soon become the highest-grossing MonsterVerse movie. As of this writing, that top spot is currently held by 2017’s Kong: Skull Island with $568.6 million, so anyway now, it’ll get knocked to second place. Godzilla vs. Kong made $470.1 million worldwide, and was among the early cinematic successes when movie theaters started to reopen after being shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that it was simultaneously released to Max subscribers .

While we wait for more updates on how the Godzilla x Kong sequel is coming along, don’t forget that the MonsterVerse will keep expanding on the small screen thanks to Monarch: Legacy of Monsters being renewed for Season 2 . Apple TV+ will also be the home of other live-action spinoff series tied to the franchise.

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