Netflix Movie Review: The Adam Project

The buzz about the new Netflix movie “The Adam Project” was pretty strong and this is yet another movie about time travel. I thought overall the movie was good, with impressive special effects – proving once again that Netflix spares no expense when making a film.

However, I agree with the average ratings of 7.0 on IMDB and only 70% on Rotten Tomatoes. The reason for this is, that the story here seems too much like other time travel movies in the past. No new idea was uncovered here, so the opinions are just average. In the year 2050, Ryan Reynolds fly’s his spaceship into a worm hole and winds up in the present day, meeting himself as a 12 year old boy. This idea has been repeated more times than anyone can count.

The standout of this movie is first time actor Walker Scobell, who is such a natural actor that his performance is better than all of the other adult actors including Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. I saw no sign that Scobell was acting throughout this entire film.

Due to the special effects and the occasional good parts of this story, I give this movie a rating of 75% and a marginal recommendation.

Netflix Movie Review: Red Notice

When the movie “Red Notice” was released only in theaters last week, I wondered why it was only appearing in one theater out of many in my area. The reason is, that this movie is more of a cookie cutter, hashed together story based on about 10-15 movies that have already been made several times before.

I recognized “Midnight Run”, several “Mummy” movies, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and about 3 James Bond movies. Once again this is another example of a bad script that was made, for reasons unknown, and then somehow fell into production either by accident or total blunder. Then when it was too late – the thinking was, “lets throw 3 well known actors into this bad movie, and try to get our money back”. What is most unusual about Ryan Reynold’s acting career is that he seems to be the exact same soft talking sarcastic person in every role within movies like this. It will be interesting to realize when this finally gets too old and boring to continue.

Unfortunately due to the few theaters this film is playing in, and now after only a week its already on Netflix, the odds are high that this is a going to be a losing investment, even with Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, in the starring roles. The other thing I noticed this time around, was that the 3 stars are all making huge efforts by going on all the late night talk shows to promote to try and save this mostly bad 2 hours.

The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Red Notice are an extremely low 40% and I agree with this assessment and do not recommend this movie.

Movie Review: Free Guy

The new movie “Free Guy” starring Ryan Reynolds as “The Guy” has more to do with marketing than a movie. This film has elements of “Groundhog Day”, “Star Wars”, “Men in Black” and the “Matrix” all rolled into one giant series of events that occur inside of a computer game. We have all seen this before, as well as most or all of the action scenes in this film. The mystery here is why the ratings are so high for this movie, 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.7 on IMDB. None of this makes sense. Most movie is a passable 70% only because of the special effects.

Other actors in this film are Channing Tatum who plays one of the action figures inside the computer game and
Lil Rel Howery (easily the most unusual name of any actor in movie history), who plays the Guy’s friend. Life inside of this computer game is all about bank robberies, people getting shot, beaten up and hit by cars – more than a few times. It was hard to see the point of all of this, mainly because the story was disjointed and for the most part, rather boring.

My rating for Free Guy is a passable 70% only for the special effects with a border line recommendation.